Monthly Archives: July 2014

Data Caching

July 28, 2014
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Data caching is not new. It is often necessary to save intermediate data files when the process of loading and/or manipulating data takes a considerable amount of time. This problem is further complicated when working with dynamic data that changes regularly. In these situations it often sufficient to use data that is current with in some time frame (e.g....

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Clipping spatial data in R

July 28, 2014
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Clipping spatial data in R

This miniature vignette shows how to clip spatial data based on different spatial objects in R and a ‘bounding box’. Spatial overlays are common in GIS applications and R users are fortunate that the clipping and spatial subsetting functions are mature and fairly fast. We’ll also write a new function called gClip(), that will make clipping by bounding boxes...

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Comment on Sustainability and innovation in staple crop production in the US Midwest

July 28, 2014
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Comment on Sustainability and innovation in staple crop production in the US Midwest

After writing a blog post about the paper “Sustainability and innovation in staple crop production in the US Midwest” I decided to submit a formal comment to the International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability in July 2013, which was published today. As far as I know, Heinemann et al. provided a rebuttal to my comments, which

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jpmml and R (Free Webinar)

July 28, 2014
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jpmml and R (Free Webinar)

This free, global webinar will provide an introduction to jpmml, the world’s leading open-source PMML scoring engine currently being utilized by companies such as Airbnb to rapidly deploy predictive models into production. Webinar Format: – What is PMML? – Building … Continue reading →

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The Pay-for-Performance Myth

July 28, 2014
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The Pay-for-Performance Myth

Last week, Eric Chemi and Ariana Giorgi published an interesting article on “The Pay-for-Performance Myth” With all the public chatter about exorbitant executive compensation and income inequality, it’s useful to look at the relationship between chief executive officer pay and corporate performance. Typically, when the subject of their big pay packages arises, CEOs—usually through their spokespeople—say they are paid for...

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EARL and other upcoming events

July 28, 2014
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EARL and other upcoming events

Highlighted EARL As in “Effective Applications of the R Language”. 2014 September 15-17, London. Somehow they gave higher billing to Ben Goldacre than to Pat Burns.  If Obama were coming, they’d probably bill him above me too — and what does he know about R?  In spite of that little glitch, I’m sure it will … Continue reading...

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Pie Charts. Are they worth the Fight?

July 28, 2014
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Pie Charts. Are they worth the Fight?

Like Rob, I recently got back from ICOTS. What a great conference. Kudos to everyone who worked hard to organize and pull it off. In one of the sessions I was at, Amelia McNamara (@AmeliaMN) gave a nice presentation about how … Continue reading →

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Reuters uses R to report on surge in coastal flooding in US

July 28, 2014
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Reuters uses R to report on surge in coastal flooding in US

As global warming causes sea levels to rise, the risk of flooding for coastal settlements also rises over time. A recent analysis by Reuters find that incidents of coastal flooding along the Eastern seaboard of the United States have surged in recent years as the sea level steadily rises. Flood levels have been exceeded in six eastern cities by...

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Analyses as Packages

Analyses as Packages TL;DR Instead of writing an analysis as a single or set of R scripts, use a package and include the analysis as a vignette of the package. Read below for the why, the how is in the next post. Analyses and Reports As data science or statistical researchers, we tend to do a lot of analyses, whether for our...

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a:class <- b

July 28, 2014
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Usually in strongly typed languages, like C++, the type of a variable comes before the variable, e.g.: int x = 23 ; So x is declared of type int and assignd the value 23. Now, some languages do things differently, e.g. in julia: x::Int8 = 10...

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