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Conference talk submission

February 18, 2014
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The second conference on R in Insurance will be held on Monday 14 July 2014 at Cass Business School in London, UK. The intended audience of the conference includes both academics and practitioners who are active or interested in the applications of R in Insurance. This one-day conference will focus on applications in insurance and The post

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Is R turning into an operating system?

December 31, 2011
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Is R turning into an operating system?

Over the years I convinced my colleagues and IT guys that R and LaTeX/XeLaTeX is the way forward to produce lots of customer reports with individual data, charts, analysis and text. Success!But of course the operating system in the office is still MS W...

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googleVis 0.2.13: new stepped area chart and improved geo charts

December 23, 2011
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googleVis 0.2.13: new stepped area chart and improved geo charts

On 7th December Google published a new version of their Visualisation API. The new version adds a new chart type: Stepped Area Chart and provides improvements to Geo Chart. Now Geo Chart has similar functionality to Geo Map, but while Geo Map requires ...

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Data is the new gold

December 13, 2011
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Data is the new gold

We need more data journalism. How else will we find the nuggets of data and information worth reading? Life should become easier for data journalists, as the Guardian, one of the data journalism pioneers, points out in this article about the new open ...

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LondonR, 6 December 2011

December 10, 2011
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LondonR, 6 December 2011

The London R user group met again last Wednesday at the Shooting Star pub. And it was busy. More than 80 people had turned up. Was it the free beer and food, sponsored by Mango which attracted the folks or the speakers? Or the venue? James Long, who or...

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Fitting distributions with R

December 1, 2011
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Fitting distributions with R

Fitting distribution with R is something I have to do once in a while.A good starting point to learn more about distribution fitting with R is Vito Ricci's tutorial on CRAN. I also find the vignettes of the actuar and fitdistrplus packag...

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Interactive presentations with deck.js

November 20, 2011
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Interactive presentations with deck.js

Data analysis is often an iterative and interactive process. However, when I present about this subject, I feel often limited by the presentation software I use. It doesn't matter if I use LaTeX/PDF, PowerPoint or Keynote. In all cases it is either ver...

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Stochastic reserving with R: ChainLadder 0.1.5-1 released

November 12, 2011
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Stochastic reserving with R: ChainLadder 0.1.5-1 released

Today we published version 0.1.5-1 of the ChainLadder package for R. It provides methods which are typically used in insurance claims reserving to forecast future claims payments.Claims development and chain-ladder forecast of the RAA data set using the Mack methodThe package started out of presentations given...

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Installing R 2.14.0 on an iBook G4 running Mac OS 10.4.11

October 30, 2011
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Installing R 2.14.0 on an iBook G4 running Mac OS 10.4.11

My 12" iBook G4 is celebrating its 8th birthday today! Time for a little present. How about R 2.14.0?The iBook is still in daily use, mostly for browsing the web, writing e-mails and this blog; and I still use it for R as well. For a long time it run R...

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Using Sweave with XeLaTeX

October 23, 2011
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Using Sweave with XeLaTeX

Using R with LaTeX via Sweave is a great way to create reproducible output. However, using specific fonts, e.g. your corporate fonts, can be painful with pdflatex. Over the last few weeks I have fallen in love with the TeX formatXeLaTeX and its XeTeX e...

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