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Offense or defense improve likelihood of becoming bowl eligible?

September 4, 2014
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Offense or defense improve likelihood of becoming bowl eligible?

I saw a post recently about the likelihood of a baseball team winning based on how many runs, hits, and other baseball statistics. I liked the idea and thought of applying that to college football. Particularly, I'm interested in knowing whether scorin...

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Dodged bar charts, why not a line graph?

August 4, 2014
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Dodged bar charts, why not a line graph?

I often see graphs that are poorly implemented in that they do not achieve their goal. One such type of graph that I see are dodged bar charts. Here is an example of a dodged bar chart summarizing the number of all star players by team (focusing spec...

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Format Markdown Documents in R

July 29, 2014
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Format Markdown Documents in R

Have you ever used a markdown file to create an html file? Have you ever wanted to quickly format the subsequent html file to add some color or other aspects? If your answer is yes to both of those questions, this package may be of interest to you. ...

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R gui Revisited

May 27, 2014
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A couple months ago I wrote about switching my class from using SPSS to one that uses R with a gui frontend (original post). Since the semester has wrapped up, below are my thoughts on how the course went with respect to the students using R. Things ...

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AERA Preview

April 2, 2014
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The American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual conference is this weekend in Philadelphia. I was lucky to have a paper accepted into the conference. I am presenting a meta analysis that I have been working on for the past two years or so titled: Model misspecification and assumption violations with the linear mixed model: A meta analysis. In...

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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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Update to highlightHTML package

March 14, 2014
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I've added a new functionality to my highlightHTML package. This package post-processes HTML files and injects CSS and adds tags to create some further customization (for example highlight cells of a HTML table). This is most useful when writing a document using markdown and converting it into a HTML document using a tool like knitr, slidify, or...

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rCharts with slidy

March 3, 2014
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My last post I talked about using rCharts to create interactive graphics for my interview presentations. They seemed to go over pretty well in my interviews and helped me greatly as I did not need to remember or write down specific numbers to talk about. I use slidy to create my HTML slideshows and there was some...

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Interactive charts with rCharts

February 15, 2014
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I have a few upcoming presentations as a part of job interviews. To prepare for these interviews, I'm attempting to make my figures a bit more interactive within my presentations. The aim is to be able to limit any large cumbersome tables I would need to include in my presentations and replace them with interactive plots that can...

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Picking a gui interface for R

February 3, 2014
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Recently I decided to switch statistical programs used introductory statistics course for masters students that I teach at the University of Arkansas. Historically this course has been taught with SPSS, but I am attempting the switch to R this semeste...

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