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Notes from the Kölner R meeting, 12 December 2014

December 16, 2014
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Notes from the Kölner R meeting, 12 December 2014

Last week's Cologne R user group meeting was the best attended so far, and it was a remarkable event - I believe not a single line of R code was shown. Still, it was an R user group meeting with two excellent talks, and you will understand shortly why not much R code needed to be displayed.Introduction to Julia...

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Next Kölner R User Meeting: Friday, 12 December 2014

December 9, 2014
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Next Kölner R User Meeting: Friday, 12 December 2014

The next Cologne R user group meeting is scheduled for this Friday, 12 December 2014.We have an exciting agenda with two talks on Julia and Dynamic Linear Models:Introduction to Julia for R Users Hans Werner BorchersJulia is a high-performance dynamic programming language for scientific computing, with a syntax that is familiar to users of other technical...

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How cold is it? A Bayesian attempt to measure temperature

November 25, 2014
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How cold is it? A Bayesian attempt to measure temperature

It is getting colder in London, yet it is still quite mild considering that it is late November. Well, indoors it still feels like 20°C (68°F) to me, but I have been told last week that I should switch on the heating. Luckily I found an old thermometer to check. The thermometer showed 18°C. Is it really below 20°C?...

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First steps with ChainLadder: Import triangle from Excel into R

November 18, 2014
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First steps with ChainLadder: Import triangle from Excel into R

Taking the first step is often the hardest: getting data from Excel into R. Suppose you would like to use the ChainLadder package to forecast future claims payments for a run-off triangle that you have stored in Excel. How do you get the triangle into R and execute a reserving function, such as MackChainLadder?Well, there are...

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Unknown pleasures

November 11, 2014
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Unknown pleasures

Have I missed unknown pleasures in Python by focusing on R? A comment on my blog post of last week suggested just that. Reason enough to explore Python a little. Learning another computer language is like learning another human language - it takes time...

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Phase plane analysis in R

November 4, 2014
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Phase plane analysis in R

The forthcoming R Journal has an interesting article about phaseR: An R Package for Phase Plane Analysis of Autonomous ODE Systems by Michael J. Grayling. The package has some nice functions to analysis one and two dimensional dynamical systems. As an example I use here the FitzHugh-Nagumo system introduced earlier:begin{align}dot{v}=&2 (w + v - frac{1}{3}v^3)...

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googleVis 0.5.6 released on CRAN

October 14, 2014
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googleVis 0.5.6 released on CRAN

Version 0.5.6 of googleVis was released on CRAN over the weekend. This version fixes a bug in gvisMotionChart. Its arguments xvar, yvar, sizevar and colorvar were not always picked up correctly. Thanks to Juuso Parkkinen for reporting this issue.Exampl...

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Visualising the seasonality of Atlantic windstorms

October 7, 2014
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Visualising the seasonality of  Atlantic windstorms

Last week Arthur Charpentier sketched out a Markov spatial process to generate hurricane trajectories. Here, I would like to take another look at the data Arthur used, but focus on its time component. According to the Insurance Information Institute, a normal season, based on averages from 1980 to 2010, has 12 named storms, six hurricanes and...

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Running RStudio via Docker in the Cloud

September 30, 2014
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Running RStudio via Docker in the Cloud

Deploying applications via Docker container is the current talk of town. I have heard about Docker and played around with it a little, but when Dirk Eddelbuettel posted his R and Docker talk last Friday I got really excited and had to have a go myself....

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Managing R package dependencies

September 23, 2014
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Managing R package dependencies

One of my take aways from last week's EARL conference was that R is more and more growing out of its academic roots into the enterprise. And with that come some challenges, e.g. how do I ensure consistent and systematic access to a set of R packages in an organisation, in particular when one team is providing...

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