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Upgrading R (and packages)

October 10, 2011
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I tend not to upgrade R very often—running from 6 months to 1 year behind in version numbers—because I had to reinstall all packages: a real pain. A quick search shows that people have managed to come up with good … Continue reading →

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Reading HTML pages in R for text processing

October 10, 2011
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We were talking with one of my colleagues about doing some text analysis—that, by the way, I have never done before—for which the first issue is to get text in R. Not any text, but files that can be accessed … Continue reading →

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Operating on datasets inside a function

October 9, 2011
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There are times when we need to write a function that makes changes to a generic data frame that is passed as an argument. Let’s say, for example, that we want to write a function that converts to factor any … Continue reading →

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A brief idea of style

October 8, 2011
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Once one starts writing more R code the need for consistency increases, as it facilitates managing larger projects and their maintenance. There are several style guides or suggestions for R; for example, Andrew Gelman’s, Hadley Wickham’s, Bioconductor’s and this one. … Continue reading →

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All combinations for levelplot

October 7, 2011
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All combinations for levelplot

In a previous post I explained how to create all possible combinations of the levels of two factors using expand.grid(). Another use for this function is to create a regular grid for two variables to create a levelplot or a … Continue reading →

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On R versus SAS

October 6, 2011
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A short while ago there was a discussion on linkedin about the use of SAS versus R for the enterprise. I have thought a bit about the issue but, as I do not use Linkedin, I did not make any … Continue reading →

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Linear regression with correlated data

October 5, 2011
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I started following the debate on differential minimum wage for youth (15-19 year old) and adults in New Zealand. Eric Crampton has written a nice series of blog posts, making the data from Statistics New Zealand available. I will use … Continue reading →

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