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Eclipse + Rcpp + RInside = Magic

April 8, 2012
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Eclipse + Rcpp + RInside = Magic

  I've been doing R/Java development for some time, creating packages both large and small with this tool chain. I have used Eclipse as my package development environment almost exclusively, but I didn't realize how much I relied on the IDE before I had to do some serious R/C++ package development. My first Rcpp package (wordcloud)

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Updates to the Deducer family of packages

March 29, 2012
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Over the past month there have been a number of package updates in the deducer ecosystem. Deducer is a general purpose, extensible, data analysis GUI. It is designed to be a free easy to use alternative to proprietary data analysis software such as SPSS, JMP, and Minitab. It has a menu system to do common

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Plot maps like a boss

March 5, 2012
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Plot maps like a boss

A new package OpenStreetMap has been released to CRAN this week which is designed to allow you to easily add satellite imagery, or open street maps to your plots. Raster maps are a great way to add context to your spatial data with a minimum outlay of effort. The syntax in OpenStreetMap is fairly simple, just give

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Words in Politics: Some extensions of the word cloud

January 10, 2012
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Words in Politics: Some extensions of the word cloud

The word cloud is a commonly used plot to visualize a speech or set of documents in a succinct way. I really like them. They can be extremely visually pleasing, and you can spend a lot of time perusing over the words gaining new insights. That said, they don't convey a great deal of information. From a

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A Spatial Data Analysis GUI for R

December 7, 2011
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I am excited to announce the addition of DeducerSpatial to the Deducer plug-in ecosystem. DeducerSpatial is a graphical user interface for the visualization and analysis of spatial data, built on Deducer's plug-in platform. In a previous post I illustrated how to user DeducerSpatial from the command line to add Open Street Map images to your

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Reading Excel data is easy with JGR and XLConnect

October 30, 2011
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Despite the fact that Excel is the most widespread application for data manipulation and (perhaps) analysis, R's support for the xls and xlsx file formats has left a lot to be desired. Fortunately, the XLConnect package has been created to fill this void, and now JGR 1.7-8 includes integration with XLConnect package to load .xls

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Normality tests don’t do what you think they do

October 23, 2011
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Normality tests don’t do what you think they do

Last week a question came up on Stack Overflow about determining whether a variable is distributed normally. Some of the answers reminded me of a common and pervasive misconception about how to apply tests against normality. I felt the topic was general enough to reproduce my comments here (with minor edits). Misconception: If your statistical analysis requires normality, it is

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Installing rgdal on a Mac

October 16, 2011
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So, installing rgdal, which is an important R package for spatial data analysis can be a bit of a pain on the mac. Here are two ways to make it happen.   The Easy Way In R run: install.packages('rgdal',repos="http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/pub/RWin") The Hard Way Download and install GDAL 1.8 Complete and  PROJ framework v4.7.0-2   from: http://www.kyngchaos.com/software/frameworks%29 Download the latest version of rgdal from CRAN.

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Open Street maps

October 8, 2011
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Open Street maps

There have been some exciting developments in the Deducer ecosystem over the summer which should go into CRAN release in the next few months. Today I'm going to give a quick sneak peek at an Open Street Map - R connection with accompanying GUI. This post will just show the non-GUI components. The first part of the

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