Monthly Archives: October 2013

A Call for Contributors

October 29, 2013
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Dear Readers,This blog has been going for a year and a half now and I have posted nearly 300 posts to date.  I plan to continue to post though I am going to probably continue to shift my focus from daily blogging to that of getting a dissertation ...

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High resolution graphics with R

October 29, 2013
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High resolution graphics with R

For most purposes PDF or other vector graphic formats such as windows metafile and SVG work just fine. However, if I plot lots of points, say 100k, then those files can get quite large and bitmap formats like PNG can be the better option. I just have to be mindful of the resolution.As an example I create the following...

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Updates for Proportional Minimum Variance and Adaptive Shrinkage methods

October 28, 2013
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Updates for Proportional Minimum Variance and Adaptive Shrinkage methods

I create supporting pages for two projects I have collaborated with David Varadi in 2013: Proportional Minimum Variance Algorithm Adaptive Shrinkage Method Please check the links to get more info, including supporting blog posts, back-tests, R code to reproduce the back-tests, and more to come in the near future. I and David appreciate your feedback

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Anand versus Carlsen – Chennai 2013 – What can we expect in November?

October 28, 2013
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Anand versus Carlsen – Chennai 2013 – What can we expect in November?

This year, the world chess championship will be played between Vishwanathan Anand and 22-yo Magnus Carlsen, in Chennai, India from the 9th to the 28th of November. The passions are sure to run strong. Both GMs have ardent supporters. Carlsen is in a dr...

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Myown way to Data Science

October 28, 2013
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Myown way to Data Science

In my last post, I point the Road to data science, imagined by Swami. I think this road is too long and we can't make any difference  between the basics (we have to know) and the advanced(it's important to know, bu if not, it doesn't matter).So I'...

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Cont model – Part II

October 28, 2013
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Cont model – Part II

In my last post I have investigated properties of Cont model (you can download the paper here). Today I would like to show how we can use simulations to further simplify its analysis.First let us start with the observation that the model does not reall...

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Introducing Revolution R Enterprise 7

October 28, 2013
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We're very excited to formally announce that Revolution R Enterprise 7 is here! This release includes the latest release of Open Source R (R 3.0.2). It brings R and the massively-parallel R functions from Revolution Analytics to Cloudera and Hortonworks in-Hadoop, and in-database on Teradata. It also brings a new drag-and-drop user interface via integration with Alteryx, and a...

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Call them what you will

October 28, 2013
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I’ve been playing around with the R package texreg for creating combined regression tables for multiple models. It’s not the only package to do that – see here for a review – but it’s often handy to be able to generate both ascii art, latex, and html versions of the same table using almost identical

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One step ahead in Bioinformatics using Package Repositories

October 28, 2013
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One step ahead in Bioinformatics using Package Repositories

About a year ago I published a post about in-house tools in research and how using this type of software may end up undermining the quality of a manuscript and the reproducibility of its results.  While I can certainly relate to someone reluctant to release nasty code (i.e. not commented, not well-tested, not documented), I still think we...

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Modified Bin and Union Method for Item Pool Design

October 28, 2013
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Modified Bin and Union Method for Item Pool Design

# Reckase (2003) proposes a method for designing an item pool for a computer# adaptive test that has been known as the bin and union method. This method# involves drawing a subject from a distribution of abilities. Then selecting# the item that maximi...

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