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d3 <- R with rCharts and slidify

April 29, 2013
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I believe that the NY Times interactive feature 512 Paths to the White House is one of the best visualizations of all time.  It is even better when we have details on the process of creating this marvel.   Although the graphic is not suited for other data sources (please tell me if this is not...

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Banging on the JGBs

April 17, 2013
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Since I have not posted in quite a while, I wanted to let everyone know that I am still alive and kicking.  The resurrection of excitement (opportunity) in the markets, quarterly reporting cycle, and the overwhelming number of unbelievable R/javascript releases have kept me from writing something good enough to justify a post.   In the markets, Japan and gold...

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d3 Lifeline from vega and clickme

April 4, 2013
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This has been an exciting week for d3.js and R with the release of vega by the data vis powerhouses at Trifacta launch of clickme and already significant rewrite to accommodate vega inception of a very promising d3 templates DexCharts described in multiple posts. I am glad to have had...

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Tables Are Like Cockroaches

April 3, 2013
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Tables Are Like Cockroaches

As much as I would like to completely replace all tables with beautiful, intuitive, and interactive charts, tables like cockroaches cannot be eliminated. Based on this very interesting discussion on the Perceptual Edge forum with source Exploring the Origins of Tables for Information Visualization, tables date back to 1850 BCE. The paper concludes with As part of...

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Old Price Tables in Modern d3 Visualization

April 1, 2013
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In my post Dust off 130 Year Old Gold Books on Google Bookshelf, I reproduced some of the old and way out of copyright price tables from the appendices in Gold and Prices Since 1873 by James Laurence Laughlin using latticeExtra xyplot. Now, with the clickme multiline d3 ractive built in my last post

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“Building ractives is so addictive it should be illegal!”

March 27, 2013
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clickme is an amazing R package. I was not sure what to expect when I first saw Nacho Caballero's announcement. I actually was both skeptical and intimidated, but neither reaction was justified. The examples prove its power, and his wiki tutorials ease...

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Production Quality Report with R and knitr on Yen

March 22, 2013
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Sometimes I actually use my experiments for real work.  For example, I wanted to send an update  on the Japanese Yen.  This was a great opportunity to use the chart created in Shading and Points with xtsExtra plot.xts.I was fairly please...

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One Pager Performance Report with knitr, R, and a Different Font

March 18, 2013
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Although I suffer from complete ignorance of typography, with a little help from a post from Hyndsight and post from mages' blog, I wanted to try a different font on the one-pager performance report that we created in Onepager Now with knitR. I do not think Open Sans Light is the best choice for this...

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How Did I Miss “The Golden Dilemma”?

March 15, 2013
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How Did I Miss “The Golden Dilemma”?

I am ashamed to admit that I am way behind (about 10,127 downloads) in discovering this wonderful paper: The Golden Dilemma (January 8, 2013)Erb, Claude B. and Harvey, Campbell R.Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2078535 Here are the authors presenting the concept in July 2012 if you prefer slideshow format (thanks...

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Shading and Points with xtsExtra plot.xts

February 28, 2013
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Shading and Points with xtsExtra plot.xts

For some reason, I feel like have much better control with plot.xts function from the xtsExtra package described here over some of the other more refined R graphical packages. Maybe, it is just my simple mind, but recently I wanted to shade holding per...

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