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7 R Quirks That Will Drive You Nutty

May 5, 2014
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7 R Quirks That Will Drive You Nutty

7 R Quirks That Will Drive You Nutty StumpedEvery language has its idiosyncrasies. Some “designer”“ type languages have less due to extreme thoughtfulness of language engineers. I suspect Julia for example has many less quirks. However, despite...

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How to Code Something ‘New’ in R

May 1, 2014
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How to Code Something ‘New’ in R

Programming New Things I currently have been programming in R for more than half a decade and can now fondly look back on the days when I went on a spring break with Venables' little blue book (now out of print).  Back then I was entertained and wowed by R’s...

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Three Ways to Format R Code for Blogger

April 30, 2014
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Three Ways to Format R Code for Blogger

Unformatted CodeIf you are like me originally then you might not think it is worth it to spend the extra energy to format your code.  After all people can just copy what you have and paste it into their preferred editor which will do its own forma...

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Dave Giles on "MCMC for Econometrics Students"

April 29, 2014
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Dave Giles on "MCMC for Econometrics Students"

In an excellent four part series of posts in March, Dave Giles introduces Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) and Gibbs samplers.  In these posts he gives a cogent explanation for the reasoning and mechanics involved in this branch of econometrics/sta...

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Why are R users so damn Stingy?!

April 26, 2014
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Why are R users so damn Stingy?!

YES R!Looking at rapporter's recent blog post on "R activity Around the World", I am shocked by how few users actually monetarily support the R Foundation.  Looking at the US for instance there are only 27 donars representing a little more than 0....

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Shout out to "R Handles Big Data"

April 24, 2014
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Shout out to "R Handles Big Data"

Searching for SignificanceI just wanted to give a shout out to check out this post by Bob Muenchen on his excellent blog r4stats.com for his exceptional post a little over a year ago entitle "R Handles Big Data".

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A Weekend With Julia: An R User’s Reflections

April 23, 2014
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A Weekend With Julia: An R User’s Reflections

The Famous Julia First off, I am not going to talk much about Julia's speed. Everybody has seen the tables and graphs showing how in this benchmark or another, Julia is tens times or a hundred times faster than R.  Most blog posts talking about Julia test the...

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RStata: Funny or just annoying?

April 21, 2014
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RStata: Funny or just annoying?

Okay okay.  The joke is up.  Besides likely necessitating an emergency call to from the Stata Management Team to the Stata Legal Team, my post on April 1st of 2014 entitled "RStata: Stata Fully Mapped into R", was intended as a practical joke...

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Bitsanity

April 16, 2014
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Bitsanity

BitsanityThe awesome folks at Quandl (an amazing data collection and distribution service) have been so kind as to allow me to write for their blog.In my first post for them I demonstrate (with detailed R code) how a user of their free data services co...

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Investigating the relationship between gold and bitcoin prices with R.

April 15, 2014
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Investigating the relationship between gold and bitcoin prices with R.

Image by Ennio Pozzetti   In this post I will explore some of the movements in markets in recent years, these movements have caught many by surprise resulting in some people unexpectedly striking it rich while others have lost a great deal. I am no financial advisor, nor do I have a background in financial

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