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Cool GSS training video! And cumulative file 1972-2012!

March 8, 2013
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Felipe Osorio made the above video to help people use the General Social Survey and R to answer research questions in social science. Go for it! Meanwhile, Tom Smith reports: The initial release of the General Social Survey (GSS), cumulative file for 1972-2012 is now on our website. Codebooks and copies of questionnaires will be The post Cool...

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Stan in L.A. this Wed 3:30pm

March 4, 2013
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Stan in L.A. this Wed 3:30pm

Michael Betancourt will be speaking at UCLA: The location for refreshment is in room 51-254 CHS at 3:00 PM. The place for the seminar is at CHS 33-105A at 3:30pm – 4:30pm, Wed 6 Mar. The post Stan...

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PyStan!

March 4, 2013
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Stan is written in C++ and can be run from the command line and from R. We’d like for Python users to be able to run Stan as well. If anyone is interested in doing this, please let us know and we’d be happy to work with you on it. Stan, like Python, is completely The post PyStan!...

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Rcpp class in Sat 9 Mar in NYC

February 24, 2013
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Join Dirk Eddelbuettel for six hours of detailed and hands-on instructions and discussions around Rcpp, RInside, RcppArmadillo, RcppGSL and other packages . . . Rcpp has become the most widely-used language extension for R. Currently deployed by 103 CRAN packages and a further 10 BioConductor packages, it permits users and developers to pass “whole R The post Rcpp...

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A must-read paper on statistical analysis of experimental data

February 13, 2013
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A must-read paper on statistical analysis of experimental data

Russ Lyons points to an excellent article on statistical experimentation by Ron Kohavi, Alex Deng, Brian Frasca, Roger Longbotham, Toby Walker, Ya Xu, a group of software engineers (I presume) at Microsoft. Kohavi et al. write: Online controlled experiments are often utilized to make data-driven decisions at Amazon, Microsoft . . . deployment and mining The post A...

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Partial least squares path analysis

February 9, 2013
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Wayne Folta writes: I was looking for R packages to address a project I’m working on and stumbled onto a package called ‘plspm’. It seems to be a nice package, but the thing I wanted to pass on is the PDF that Gaston Sanchez, its author, wrote that describes PLS Path Analysis in general The post Partial...

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The new Stan 1.1.1, featuring Gaussian processes!

February 6, 2013
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The new Stan 1.1.1, featuring Gaussian processes!

We just released Stan 1.1.1 and RStan 1.1.1 As usual, you can find download and install instructions at: http://mc-stan.org/ This is a patch release and is fully backward compatible with Stan and RStan 1.1.0. The main thing you should notice is that the multivariate models should be much faster and all the bugs reported for The post The...

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Text Decryption Using MCMC

January 22, 2013
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Text Decryption Using MCMC

The famous probabilist and statistician Persi Diaconis wrote an article not too long ago about the "Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) Revolution." The paper describes how we are able to solve a diverse set of problems with MCMC. The first example he give...

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R package for Bayes factors

January 19, 2013
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Richard Morey writes: You and your blog readers may be interested to know that a we’ve released a major new version of the BayesFactor package to CRAN. The package computes Bayes factors for linear mixed models and regression models. Of course, I’m aware you don’t like point-null model comparisons, but the package does more than The post R...

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The statistics software signal

January 5, 2013
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Tyler Cowen links to a post by Sean Taylor, who writes the following about users of R: You are willing to invest in learning something difficult. You do not care about aesthetics, only availability of packages and getting results quickly. To me, R is easy and Sas is difficult. I once worked with some students The post The...

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