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UK house prices visualised with googleVis-0.2.16

June 5, 2012
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UK house prices visualised with googleVis-0.2.16

A new version of googleVis has been released on CRAN and the project site. Version 0.2.16 adds the functionality to plot quarterly and monthly data as a motion chart. To illustrate the new feature I looked for a quarterly data set and stumbled across t...

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Interactive HTML presentation with R, googleVis, knitr, pandoc and slidy

May 29, 2012
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Interactive HTML presentation with R, googleVis, knitr, pandoc and slidy

Tonight I will give a talk at the Cambridge R user group about googleVis. Following my good experience with knitr and RStudio to create interactive reports, I thought that I should try to create the slides in the same way as well. Christopher Gandrud's...

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End User Computing and why R can help meeting Solvency II

May 20, 2012
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End User Computing and why R can help meeting Solvency II

John D. Cook gave a great talk about 'Why and how people use R'. The talk resonated with me and highlighted why R is such a great tool for end user computing. A topic which has become increasingly important in the European insurance industry.John's mai...

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Interactive reports in R with knitr and RStudio

May 15, 2012
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Interactive reports in R with knitr and RStudio

Last Saturday I met the guys from RStudio at the R in Finance conference in Chicago. I was curious to find out what RStudio could offer. In the past I have used mostly Emacs + ESS for editing R files. Well, and what a surprise it was. JJ, Joe and Josh ...

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Waterfall charts in style of The Economist with R

May 7, 2012
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Waterfall charts in style of The Economist with R

Waterfall charts are sometimes quite helpful to illustrate the various moving parts in financial data, in particular where I have positive and negative values like a profit and loss statement (P&L). However, they can be a bit of a pain to produce in Ex...

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Next Kölner R User Meeting: 6 July 2012

May 1, 2012
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Next Kölner R User Meeting: 6 July 2012

The next Cologne R user group meeting is scheduled for 6 July 2012. All details are available on the new KölnRUG Meetup site. Please sign up if you would like to come along, and notice that there is also pub poll for the after "work" drinks. Notes fr...

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Installing R packages without admin rights on MS Windows

April 26, 2012
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Installing R packages without admin rights on MS Windows

Is there a life outside the office?Photo: Markus GesmannIt is not unusual that you will not have admin rights in an IT controlled office environment. But then again the limitations set by the IT department can spark of some creativity. And I have to ad...

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From the Guardian’s data blog: Visualising risk

April 20, 2012
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From the Guardian’s data blog: Visualising risk

The Guardian published a nice summary and link collection of an interdisciplinary visualisation workshop hosted by Microsoft dedicated to visualising probability and risk. Check it out here.OECD better life indexThe links I found most interesting were ...

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Sweeping through data in R

April 14, 2012
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Sweeping through data in R

How do you apply one particular row of your data to all other rows?Today I came across a data set which showed the revenue split by product and location. The data was formated to show only the split by product for each location and the overall split by...

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Review: Kölner R Meeting 30 March 2012

April 4, 2012
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Review: Kölner R Meeting 30 March 2012

The first Kölner R user meeting was great fun. About 20 useRs had turned up to exchange their ideas, questions and experience with R. Three talks about R & Excel, ggplot2 & XeLaTeX and Dynamical systems with R & simecol had kicked off the evening, wit...

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