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UseR! 2011 slides and videos – on one page

December 11, 2011
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Diagram for a Bernoulli process (using R)

November 10, 2011
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Diagram for a Bernoulli process (using R)

A Bernoulli process is a sequence of Bernoulli trials (the realization of n binary random variables), taking two values (0/1, Heads/Tails, Boy/Girl, etc…). It is often used in teaching introductory probability/statistics classes about the binomial distribution. When visualizing a Bernoulli process, it is common to use a binary tree diagram in order to show the Read more...

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The present and future of the R blogosphere (~7 minute video from useR2011)

October 30, 2011
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The present and future of the R blogosphere (~7 minute video from useR2011)

This is (roughly) the lightning talk I gave in useR2011. If you are a reader of R-bloggers.com then this talk is not likely to tell you anything new. However, if you have a friend, college or student who is a new useRs of R, this talk will offer him a decent introduction to what the R Read more...

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Comparison of ave, ddply and data.table

August 25, 2011
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Comparison of ave, ddply and data.table

A guest post by Paul Hiemstra. ———— Fortran and C programmers often say that interpreted languages like R are nice and all, but lack in terms of speed. How fast something works in R greatly depends on how it is implemented, i.e. which packages/functions does one use. A prime example, which shows up regularly on

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Calling R lovers and bloggers – to work together on “The R Programming wikibook”

June 20, 2011
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Calling R lovers and bloggers – to work together on “The R Programming wikibook”

This post is a call for both R community members and R-bloggers, to come and help make The R Programming wikibook be amazing. The R Programming wikibook is not just another one of the many free books about statistics/R, it is a community project which aims to create a cross-disciplinary practical guide to the R programming language.  Here is

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Engineering Data Analysis (with R and ggplot2) – a Google Tech Talk given by Hadley Wickham

June 17, 2011
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Engineering Data Analysis (with R and ggplot2) – a Google Tech Talk given by Hadley Wickham

It appears that just days ago, Google Tech Talk released a new, one hour long, video of a presentation (from June 6, 2011) made by one of R’s community more influential contributors, Hadley Wickham. This seems to be one of the better talks to send a programmer friend who is interested in getting into R.

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How to upgrade R on windows 7

April 15, 2011
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Background – time to upgrade to R 2.13.0 The news of the new release of R 2.13.0 is out, and the R blogosphere is buzzing. Bloggers posting excitedly about the new R compiler package that brings with it the hope to speed up our R code with up to 4 times improvement. So it is time

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Article about plyr published in JSS, and the citation was added to the new plyr (version 1.5)

April 11, 2011
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Article about plyr published in JSS, and the citation was added to the new plyr (version 1.5)

The plyr package (by Hadley Wickham) is one of the few R packages for which I can claim to have used for all of my statistical projects. So whenever a new version of plyr comes out I tend to be excited about it (as was when version 1.2 came out with support for parallel processing)

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Beeswarm Boxplot (and plotting it with R)

March 10, 2011
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Beeswarm Boxplot (and plotting it with R)

(The image above is called a “Beeswarm Boxplot” , the code for producing this image is provided at the end of this post) The above plot is implemented under different names in different softwares. This “Scatter Dot Beeswarm Box Violin – plot” (in the lack of an agreed upon term) is a one-dimensional scatter plot

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Book review: 25 Recipes for Getting Started with R

February 24, 2011
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Book review: 25 Recipes for Getting Started with R

Recently I was asked by O’Reilly publishing to give a book review for Paul Teetor new introductory book to R.  After giving the book some attention and appreciating it’s delivery of the material, I was happy to write and post this review.  Also, I’m very happy to see how a major publishing house like O’Reilly is producing more and

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