Monthly Archives: September 2013

September Talks

September 5, 2013
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To celebrate my last full month on the East Coast, I’m doing a bunch of talks. If you’re interested in hearing more about Julia or statistics in general, you might want to come out to one of the events I’ll be at: Julia Tutorial at DataGotham: On 9/12, Stefan and I will be giving a

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ThinkNum – A new interactive public database and graphing tool!

September 5, 2013
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ThinkNum – A new interactive public database and graphing tool!

Thinknum.com is a new free data service similar to Quandl.com in that they organize and list publicly available data sets.  Currently they are using data from 2,000 data sources which sounds good compared with Quandl's 400+ source.  Overall, ...

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Using colClasses to Load Data More Quickly in R

September 5, 2013
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Specifying a colClasses argument to read.table or read.csv can save time on importing data, while also saving steps to specify classes for each variable later.For example, loading a 893 MB took 441 seconds to load when not using colClasses, b...

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R User Groups Update

September 5, 2013
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R User Groups Update

by Joseph Rickert R user groups continue to thrive worldwide. The map below plots the locations of the 127 R user groups listed in the directory we maintain at Revolution Analytics. i It includes 7 new groups that sprang up since we last highlighted user groups in July: Budapest, Hungary Burlington, Vermont Cairo, Egypt Gainesville, Florida Hong Kong, China...

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Shiny App for Polling Forums

September 5, 2013
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In 2010, Crystal Palace FC were in administration and had 10 points deducted during the year. They only survived in the Championship on the last day of the season A year ago, they started the league with three consecutive losses and were relegation favourites. Fast forward 12 months and they are again strong tips for

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Metaprogramming in R with an example: Beating lazy evaluation

September 5, 2013
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Functional languages allows us to treat functions as types. This brings us a distinct advantage of being able to write a code that generates further code, this practise is generally known as metaprogramming. As a functional language R project provides ...

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Type conversion and you (or and R)

September 5, 2013
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Types and type conversion can be a tricky and intricate topic, and sometimes can lead to some real head-scratcher issues in R. Hence a somewhat confusing title.This is for people still relatively new to R, and I will skip some gory details. Actually I will skip most of them, the canonical source for type and conversion information is the...

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Text Mining the Complete Works of William Shakespeare

September 5, 2013
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Text Mining the Complete Works of William Shakespeare

I am starting a new project that will require some serious text mining. So, in the interests of bringing myself up to speed on the tm package, I thought I would apply it to the Complete Works of William Shakespeare and just see what falls out. The first order of business was getting my hands

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After Three Months I Cannot Reproduce My Own Book

September 5, 2013
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After Three Months I Cannot Reproduce My Own Book

I thought I could easily jump to a high standard (reproducibility), but I failed. Some of you may have noticed that the knitr book is finally out. Amazon is offering a good price at the moment, so if you are interested, you'd better hurry up. I a...

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Two presentations on Big Data Big Analytics with R

September 4, 2013
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Last week, Revolution Analytics' US Chief Scientist Mario Inchiosa gave a presentation on high-performance predictive analytics in R and Hadoop, showing how Revolution R Enterprise 7 will bring the high-performance predictable algorithms of ScaleR to run on Cloudera and Hortonworks Hadoop clusters, while retaining the same easy-to-use interface from the R language. Here are the slides from his presentation,...

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