Monthly Archives: January 2014

GMT topography colours (I)

January 30, 2014
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GMT topography colours (I)

I enjoyed the blog posting by “me nugget”, which I ran across on R-bloggers, and so I decided to try that author’s GMT colourscheme. This revealed some intriguing patterns in the Oce dataset named topoWorld. The following code produces a graph to illustrate. 1. Set up colours as suggested on the “menuggest” blog 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 ## test GMT colours as...

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GMT topography colours (II)

January 30, 2014
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GMT topography colours (II)

This follows an item about GMT colours. In the meantime I have found a website illustrating the colours, and also the definition files for those palettes. The palette in question is named GMT_relief, and it is defined in a file that is as follows. # $Id: GMT_relief.cpt,v 1.1 2001/09/23 23:11:20 pwessel Exp $ # # Colortable for whole earth...

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R for spatial analysis tutorial + video

January 30, 2014
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On 24th January 2014 I ran a one day practical course on an "Introduction to Spatial Data Visualisation in R" at the University of Leeds, with the help of demonstrators Rachel Oldroyd and Alistair Leak, who came up from London for the event. The course is designed for people completely new to R, who are especially interested in its spatial...

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Introducing the ecoengine package

January 30, 2014
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Introducing the ecoengine package

Natural history museums have long been valuable repositories of data on species diversity. These data have been critical for fostering and shaping the development of fields such as biogeography and systematics. The importance of these data repositories is becoming increasingly important, especially in the context of climate change, where a strong understanding of how species responded to past...

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Free books on statistical learning

January 29, 2014
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Hastie, Tibshirani and Friedman’s Elements of Statistical Learning first appeared in 2001 and is already a classic. It is my go-to book when I need a quick refresher on a machine learning algorithm. I like it because it is written using the language and perspective of statistics, and provides a very useful entry point into the literature of machine...

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NYT’s 4th Down Bot gives the SuperBowl edge to the Broncos

January 29, 2014
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Who will win the SuperBowl this Sunday: Seattle or Denver? As pundits around the country weigh in with their predictions, you might want to check out the analysis from the New York Times' 4th Down Bot, which compares the coaches' calls on fourth down plays with what historical statistics and a point-forecasting model indicate would have been the ideal...

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Inference for MA(q) Time Series

January 29, 2014
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Inference for MA(q) Time Series

Yesterday, we’ve seen how inference for time series was possible.  I started  with that one because it is actually the simple case. For instance, we can use ordinary least squares. There might be some possible bias (see e.g. White (1961)), but asymptotically, estimators are fine (consistent, with asymptotic normality). But when the noise is (auto)correlated, then it is more...

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Standards in Predictive Analytics: R, Hadoop and PMML (a white paper by James Taylor)

January 29, 2014
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Standards in Predictive Analytics: R, Hadoop and PMML (a white paper by James Taylor)

James Taylor (@jamet123) is remarkable in capturing the nuances and mood of the data analytics and decision management industry and community. As a celebrated author and an avid writer, James has been writing more and more about the technologies that t...

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Data corruption in R 3.0.2 when using read.csv

January 29, 2014
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Introduction It may be old news to some, but I just recently discovered that the automatic type inference system that R uses when parsing CSV files assumes that data sets will never contain 64-bit integer values. Specially, if an integer value read from a CSV file is too large to fit in a 32-bit integer

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Stupid R Tricks: Random Scope

January 29, 2014
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Andrew and I have been discussing how we’re going to define functions in Stan for defining systems of differential equations; see our evolving ode design doc; comments welcome, of course. About Scope I mentioned to Andrew I would prefer pure lexical, static scoping, as found in languages like C++ and Java. If you’re not familiar The post

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