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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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Public Universities Should Use Open Source Software

April 14, 2014
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Public Universities Should Use Open Source Software

(This article was first published on Econometrics by Simulation, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers) The Homeless Econometrician: Black Box SoftwareChoosing to go open source is a big deal.  It means that when asking for help or new improvements you are dealing with a highly active and generous user community which enjoys helping instead of a corporation which needs to...

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Getting Social Sciences Out of the Black Box: The Open Access Revolution

April 8, 2014
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Getting Social Sciences Out of the Black Box: The Open Access Revolution

Trading Ethos for LogosUp until very recently (the last 10 years) it has been uncommon for social science researchers to share their data even when the sharing would neither compromise the private information of the subjects nor the validity of the stu...

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Does R have too many packages?

April 3, 2014
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Does R have too many packages?

The Homeless EconometricianThe amazing growth and success of CRAN (Comprehensive R Archive Network) is marked by the thousands of packages have been developed and released by a highly active user base.  Yet even so, one of the founders and primary...

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Stata Fully Mapped into R

April 1, 2014
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Stata Fully Mapped into R

Hello all of you Stata loving statistical analysts out there!  I have great news.  I am finally nearly done with the package I have been working on which provides the mechanism for Stata users to seamlessly move from Stata to R though use of ...

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Why use R? Five reasons.

March 27, 2014
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Why use R? Five reasons.

In this post I will go through 5 reasons: zero cost, crazy popularity, awesome power, dazzling flexibility, and mind-blowing support. I believe R is the best statistical programming language to learn. As a blogger who has contributed over 150 posts in Stata and over 100 in R I have extensive experience with both a proprietary statistical programming language...

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Estimating Variance as a Function of Treatment Rank Class

March 24, 2014
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Imagine that we have a treatment that we give to five different groups of individuals.  Each individual has a variable response which as a unique mean and variance based on the treatment.  We do not know how the means will change but we belie...

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It is time for RData files to become the standard for Data Transfer

March 20, 2014
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It is time for RData files to become the standard for Data Transfer

(This article was first published on Econometrics by Simulation, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers) It is time Rdata files become the primary means of disseminating publicly available data online.1. R is the most efficient Statistical software at compressing dataI was recently attempting to download weather data from the US government and found myself stymied because the dataset I wanted...

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Text Mining Gun Deaths Data

March 13, 2014
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Text Mining Gun Deaths Data

In this post I will explore public data being collected by Slate.  I previously released code using a much early set of this data demonstrating how to turn this data into an animated map.This data began collection as a public response to the horri...

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Ever wonder how popular your favorite R functions are?

March 7, 2014
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Ever wonder how popular your favorite R functions are?

How's that fried pickle sandwich treating you?  Perhaps your taste in R  functions are less bizarre than your taste in R commands?Now you can easily find out using this new shiny app!  In this post I use the R function frequency table co...

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