Monthly Archives: March 2014

Evolution of Code

March 27, 2014
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Recently while scraping some data from the college football data warehouse site, I started to realize the evolution of my code. To preface this, I am definitely not a trained programmer, just a self taught junky who enjoys doing it when I have time. ...

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Seasonal Unit Roots

March 26, 2014
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Seasonal Unit Roots

As discussed in the MAT8181 course, there are – at least – two kinds of non-stationary time series: those with a trend, and those with a unit-root (they will be called integrated). Unit root tests cannot be used to assess whether a time series is stationary, or not. They can only detect integrated time series. And the same holds...

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Visualising Pandas DataFrames With IPythonBlocks – Proof of Concept

March 26, 2014
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Visualising Pandas DataFrames With IPythonBlocks – Proof of Concept

A few weeks ago I came across IPythonBlocks, a Python library developed to support the teaching of Python programming. The library provides an HTML grid that can be manipulated using simple programming constructs, presenting the outcome of the operations in a visually meaningful way. As part of a new third level OU course we’re putting

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Give your R charts that Wes Anderson style

March 26, 2014
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Give your R charts that Wes Anderson style

I'm a big fan of Wes Anderson's movies. I love the quirky characters and stories, the distinctive cinematography, and the unique visual style. Now you can bring some of that style to your own R charts, by making use of these Wes Anderson inspired palettes. Just choose your favourite Wes Anderson film or short: Install the wesanderson pallettes package,...

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Using R: quickly calculating summary statistics (with dplyr)

March 26, 2014
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Using R: quickly calculating summary statistics (with dplyr)

I know I’m on about Hadley Wickham‘s packages a lot. I’m not the president of his fanclub, but if there is one I’d certainly like to be a member. dplyr is going to be a new and improved ddply: a package that applies functions to, and does other things to, data frames. It is also

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MCMC for Econometrics Students – Part IV

March 26, 2014
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MCMC for Econometrics Students – Part IV

This is the fourth in a sequence of posts designed to introduce econometrics students to the use of Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC, or MC2) simulation methods for Bayesian inference. The first three posts can be found here, here, and here, and I'll assume that you've read them already. The emphasis throughout is on the...

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CpG Island shelves

March 26, 2014
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Nowadays, regions with relatively lower CpG density are gaining importance in DNA methylation studies. This is based on the fact that a majority of CpG rich regions (CpG islands) are non-dynamic and less variant in terms of methylation status probed ac...

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How to open an SPSS file into R

March 26, 2014
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R is a powerful system for statistical analysis and data visualization. However, it’s not exactly user-friendly for data storage, so, still for several time your data will be archived using Excel, SPSS or similar programs. How to open into R … Continue reading →

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Accessing iNaturalist data

March 26, 2014
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Accessing iNaturalist data

The iNaturalist project is a really cool way to both engage people in citizen science and collect species occurrence data. The premise is pretty simple, users download an app for their smartphone, and then can easily geo reference any specimen they see, uploading it to the iNaturalist website. It let's users turn casual observations into meaningful...

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RProtoBuf 0.4.1

March 25, 2014
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A new bug-fix release release 0.4.1 of RProtoBuf, is now on CRAN. RProtoBuf provides GNU R bindings for the Google Protocol Buffers ("Protobuf") data encoding library used and released by Google, and deployed as a language and operating-system agno...

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