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Econometrics and R

August 30, 2010
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Econometrics and R

Econometricians seem to be rather slow to adopt new methods and new technology (compared to other areas of statistics), but slowly the use of R is spreading. I’m now receiving requests for references showing how to use R in econometrics, and so I thought it might be helpful to post a few suggestions here. A

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Twenty rules for good graphics

August 6, 2010
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Twenty rules for good graphics

One of the things I repeatedly include in referee reports, and in my responses to authors who have submitted papers to the International Journal of Forecasting, are comments designed to include the quality of the graphics. Recently someone asked on stats.stackexchange.com about best practices for producing plots. So I thought it might be helpful to

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Statistical Analysis StackExchange site now available

July 26, 2010
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Statistical Analysis StackExchange site now available

The Q&A site for statistical analysis, data mining, data visualization, and everything else to do with data analysis has finally been launched. Please head over to stats.StackExchange.com and start asking and answering questions. Also, spread the word to everyone else who may be interested — work colleagues, students, etc. The more people who use the

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More StackExchange sites

July 16, 2010
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More StackExchange sites

The StackExchange site on Statistical Analysis is about to go into private beta testing. This is your last chance to commit if you want to be part of the private beta testing. Don’t worry if you miss out — it will only be a week before it is then open to the public. There is

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Stack exchange for statistical analysis needs you!

June 17, 2010
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Stack exchange for statistical analysis needs you!

The proposal to create a StackExchange site for statistical analysis is steadily moving forward. We have now completed the scoping stage which involved finding enough people willing to express an interest in the idea, and voting on some example questions to define what is allowed and what is not allowed on the site. The on-topic

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Learning R by video

March 9, 2010
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Learning R by video

For those people who prefer to be shown how to do something rather than read the instructions, there are some videos on using R available online. Here are the ones I know about. Please add links to other similar resources in the comments. R videos Learn R Toolkit What is R? from Revolution Analytics R

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Using Google Reader

February 15, 2010
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Using Google Reader

Google Reader is a fantastic way to keep track of new papers that are appearing in many different journals, and also to follow some of the interesting research blogs (and blogs on other topics) that are out there. Google Reader checks websites for you and lets you know of any new material that appears. Instead of

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Workflow in R

September 17, 2009
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This came up recently on StackOverflow. One of the answers was particularly helpful and I plan to adopt this for my future work. In fact, it is close to what I already do, but is a little more structured. The idea is to break the code into four files, ...

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Workflow in R

September 17, 2009
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Workflow in R

This came up recently on StackOverflow. One of the answers was particularly helpful and I thought it might be worth mentioning here. The idea presented there is  to break the code into four files, all stored in your project directory. These four files are to be processed in the following order. load.R This file includes

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Finding an R function

September 13, 2009
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Finding an R function

Suppose you want a function to fit a neural network. What’s the best way to find it? Here are three steps that help to find the elusive function relatively quickly. First, use help.search("neural") or the shorthand ??neural. This will search the help files of installed packages for the word “neural”. Actually, fuzzy matching is used

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