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Find the last day of the month

October 17, 2014
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Find the last day of the month

I have different sets of monthly data that I want to align and evaluate once a month. The different sources report the timestamp of the monthly data differently – one reports the date without the day, another as the last business day, and another as the last day of the month. For what I want

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Aggregate portfolio contributions through time

September 25, 2014
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Aggregate portfolio contributions through time

The last CRAN release didn’t have much new functionality, but Ross Bennett and I have completely re-written the Return.portfolio function to fix some issues and make the calculations more transparent.  The function calculates the returns of a portfolio given asset returns, weights, and rebalancing periods – which, although not rocket science, requires some diligence about it. Users of this

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PerformanceAnalytics update released to CRAN

September 16, 2014
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PerformanceAnalytics update released to CRAN

Version number 1.4.3541 of PerformanceAnalytics was released on CRAN today. If you’ve been following along, you’ll note that we’re altering our version numbering system.  From here on out, we’ll be using a “major.cran-release.r-forge-rev” form so that when issues are reported it will be easier for us to track where they may have been introduced. Even

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GSOC 2014: Let’s do it again!

March 11, 2014
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GSOC 2014: Let’s do it again!

Google Summer of Code opened for students on Monday, March 10, more than a month earlier than last year.  If you weren’t following the announcements and that deadline caught you wrong-footed, all I can say is that the good news is that students will know their fate by April 21, well before the summer starts.

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Some belated spring cleaning

August 11, 2013
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Some belated spring cleaning

A very busy spring has transitioned into a very busy summer, so let me recap a few topics that probably deserve more time than I’ll give them here. Here are the things I’m overdue on, in no particular order: Publications In the March edition of the Journal of Risk, Kris Boudt, Brian Peterson and I

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R/Finance 2013 Is Coming Quickly…

May 5, 2013
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R/Finance 2013 Is Coming Quickly…

There is about two weeks remaining until R/Finance 2013 - being held on May 17th and 18th at UIC in Chicago.  Make sure you register beforehand to ensure you have a spot, and – yes - you do want to come to the conference dinner on Friday.   I am particularly excited about the lineup of keynotes

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Writing from R to Excel with xlsx

May 1, 2013
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Writing from R to Excel with xlsx

Paul Teetor, who is doing yeoman’s duty as one of the organizers of the Chicago R User Group (CRUG), asked recently if I would do a short presentation about a “favorite package”.  I picked xlsx, one of the many packages that provides a bridge between spreadsheets and R.  Here are the slides from my presentation

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GSoC and R: Off to the Races

April 25, 2013
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GSoC and R: Off to the Races

Google Summer of Code has now opened for student applications, and the R Project has once again been selected as a mentoring organization.  I’ve discussed before that a variety of mentors have proposed a number of projects for students to work on during this summer, but I wanted to emphasize some points about the schedule. The deadline for

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GSoC 2013: At the starting line

April 18, 2013
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GSoC 2013: At the starting line

Google Summer of Code will be open for students on Monday, April 22.  The R Project has once again been selected as a mentoring organization , and a variety of mentors have proposed a number of projects for students to work on during this summer.  Here’s a bit about the program, and more on the

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GSOC 2013: IID Assumptions in Performance Measurement

March 9, 2013
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GSOC 2013: IID Assumptions in Performance Measurement

Google Summer of Code for 2013 has been announced and organizations such as R are beginning to assemble ideas for student projects this summer. If you’re an interested student, there’s a list of project proposals on the R wiki. If you’re considering being a mentor, post a project idea on the site soon – project

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