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analyze the basic stand alone medicare claims public use files (bsapufs) with r and monetdb

December 3, 2012
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the centers for medicare and medicaid services (cms) took the plunge.  the famous medicare 5% sample has been released to the public, free of charge.  jfyi - medicare is the u.s. government program that provides health insurance to 50 million...

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why and how to install monetdb with r on windows

November 26, 2012
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warning: the instructions below are obsolete.  please check this page for the latest version.  <3 anthony whya speed test of three sql queries on sixty-seven million records using my personal computer --# calculate the sum, mean, median, a...

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analyze the consumer expenditure survey (ce) with r

November 13, 2012
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the consumer expenditure survey (ce) is the primo data source to understand how americans spend money.  participating households keep a running diary about every little purchase over the year.  those diaries are then summed up into precise expenditure categories.  how else are you gonna know that the average american household spent $34 (±2) on bacon, $826 (±17) on cellular...

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a two-minute introduction to statistical programming and other short stories

November 7, 2012
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a two-minute introduction to statistical programming and other short stories

some hacker news criticism convinced me to take a stab at the question: "what is R?" answer: the lingua statistica, s'il vous plaît. met my hero and the inspiration behind this website. bonus video: how to make coffee with r in two minutes.

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analyze the national survey on drug use and health (nsduh) with r

November 6, 2012
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the national survey on drug use and health (nsduh) monitors illicit drug, alcohol, and tobacco use with more detail than any other survey out there.  if you wanna know the average age at first chewing tobacco dip, the prevalence of needle-sharing,...

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analyze the national health and nutrition examination survey (nhanes) with r

October 30, 2012
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nhanes is this fascinating survey where doctors and dentists accompany survey interviewers in a little mobile medical center that drives around the country.  while the survey folks are interviewing people, the medical professionals administer labo...

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analyze the general social survey (gss) with r

October 23, 2012
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the general social survey (gss) has served as america's mood ring since 1972.  data-driven social scientists can compare political beliefs by demography, look at attitude trends, make emile durkheim and max weber (pronounced durk-veber) proud.&nbs...

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analyze the national health interview survey (nhis) with r

October 16, 2012
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the national health interview survey (nhis) is a household survey about health status and utilization.  each annual data set can be used to examine the disease burden and access to care that individuals and families are currently experiencing acro...

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analyze the current population survey (cps) annual social and economic supplement (asec) with r

October 10, 2012
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the annual march cps-asec has been supplying the statistics for the census bureau's report on income, poverty, and health insurance coverage since 1948.  wow.  the us census bureau and the bureau of labor statistics (bls) tag-team on this one...

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analyze the area resource file (arf) with r

October 1, 2012
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the arf is fun to say out loud.  it's also a single county-level data table with about 6,000 variables, produced by the united states health services and resources administration (hrsa).  the file contains health information and statistics fo...

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