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Survival of the sweetest

December 12, 2012
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Survival of the sweetest

On receiving an advent calendar from one of our course directors, I suggested we could track each other’s chocolate consumption in a survival analysis and establish who was eating significantly more chocs. Strangely, everybody refused to take part, so I … Continue reading →

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Multidimensional scaling of REM album covers: FlagSpace revisited

December 11, 2012
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Multidimensional scaling of REM album covers: FlagSpace revisited

By way of following up on an old in-joke, and doing something constructive because I couldn’t get to sleep, I thought I would revisit the Flag Space plot that I blogged about a while back and learn how to do it. … Continue reading →

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Exporting data from R into WinBUGS’s “R/S-plus list format”

November 27, 2012
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Exporting data from R into WinBUGS’s “R/S-plus list format”

Users of the world’s favourite Bayesian analysis software WinBUGS will recognise the strange format in which data is supplied inside the GUI, generally in a text file looking something like this: list(x=c(1,2,3,4,5,6),y=c(4,8,2,6,9,9)) This is of course an R (or strictly … Continue reading →

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Reverse engineering the SAS data file format

November 6, 2012
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Reverse engineering the SAS data file format

I think it’s rather marvellous that a few expert coders are working on dispelling the cloud of mystery around the proprietary file format used by SAS software. Essentially, saving your data in a SAS format (with a name like mydata.sas7bdat) … Continue reading →

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Use little images as the markers in a scatterplot

October 17, 2012
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Use little images as the markers in a scatterplot

Just saw this post on R-bloggers which has got me excited. I’ve thought about this many times but never looked into it so I can’t honestly say whether this is the first stats software option to do this, despite my … Continue reading →

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ggplot2 primer in 10 minutes

October 15, 2012
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ggplot2 primer in 10 minutes

Here’s a nice presentation from Christophe Ladroue which really does give an insight into the R package ggplot2 if you’ve never used it before. Each line of code can be clicked on to reveal the corresponding graph!

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Presentation: Animated graphs in R

October 15, 2012
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Presentation: Animated graphs in R

As animatedgraphs.co.uk takes shape, and following the great reception it got at the Stata Users Group in London in September, I’m pleased to announce I will be giving the same presentation – for R this time – at the LondonR … Continue reading →

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SPSS and R day in York

September 19, 2012
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SPSS and R day in York

On 2 November there are some introductory health-focussed training sessions on SPSS and R software going on in York: Two sets of two half-day parallel workshops and two tutorial sessions are provisionally planned to be held at the Alcuin Research … Continue reading →

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Data analysis using R – course in Essex

August 24, 2012
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Data analysis using R – course in Essex

This course is running 1-5 October at the University of Essex. There doesn’t seem to be a website but you register by writing to [email protected] Here’s what they say in their e-mail: Lecturers: Dr Werner Adler (University of Erlangen-Nuremberg; Co-author … Continue reading →

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200 Countries animation revisited

August 8, 2012
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200 Countries animation revisited

Here’s a new animated graph, again made using only stats software – R this time – to recreate Hans Rosling’s famous 200 Countries animation. Have you ever noticed how Prof Rosling had a team of graphics people beavering away in … Continue reading →

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