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The new GUI for ggplot2 (using Deducer) – the designer wants your opinion

May 1, 2010
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After discovering that R is expected (this summer) to have a GUI for ggplot2 (through deducer), I later found Ian’s gsoc proposal for this GUI.  Since the system is in it’s early stages of development, Ian has invited people to give comments, input and critique on his plans for the project. For your convenience (and with Ian’s permission), I...

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R is going to have a GUI to ggplot2! (by the end of this years google-summer-of-code)

April 26, 2010
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I was delighted to see the following e-mail post from Dirk Eddelbuettel regarding the google-summer-of-code R google group: * * * Earlier today Google finalised student / mentor pairings and allocations for the Google Summer of Code 2010 (GSoC 2010). The R Project is happy to announce that the following students have been accepted: Colin Rundel, “rgeos – an...

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How to upgrade R on windows – another strategy (and the R code to do it)

April 23, 2010
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How to upgrade R on windows – another strategy (and the R code to do it)

Update: In the end of the post I added simple step by step instruction on how to move to the new system. I STRONGLY suggest using the code only after you read the entire post. Background If you didn’t hear it by now – R 2.11.0 is out with a bunch of new features. After Andrew Gelman recently lamented the lack...

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The difference between “letters[c(1,NA)]” and “letters[c(NA,NA)]“

April 22, 2010
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In David Smith’s latest blog post (which, in a sense, is a continued response to the latest public attack on R), there was a comment by Barry that caught my eye. Barry wrote: Even I get caught out on R quirks after 20 years of using it. Compare letters and letters for the most recent thing that made me...

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Parallel Multicore Processing with R (on Windows)

April 21, 2010
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Parallel Processing backend for R under windows - installation tips and some examples.

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An article attacking R gets responses from the R blogosphere – some reflections

April 16, 2010
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An article attacking R gets responses from the R blogosphere – some reflections

In this post I reflect on the current state of the R blogosphere, and share my hopes for the future

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“The next big thing”, R, and Statistics in the cloud

April 14, 2010
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A friend just e-mailed me about a blog post by Dr. AnnMaria De Mars titled “The Next Big Thing”. In it Dr. De Mars wrote (I allowed myself to emphasize some parts of the text): Contrary to what some people seem to think, R is definitely not the next big thing, either. I am always surprised when people ask me why I think...

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Repeated measures ANOVA with R (tutorials)

April 13, 2010
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Repeated measures ANOVA is a common task for the data analyst. There are (at least) two ways of performing “repeated measures ANOVA” using R but none is really trivial, and each way has it’s own complication/pitfalls (explanation/solution to which I was usually able to find through searching in the R-help mailing list). So for future reference, I am starting this page...

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Jeroen Ooms’s ggplot2 web interface – a new version released (V0.2)

April 12, 2010
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Good news. Jeroen Ooms released a new version of his (amazing) online ggplot2 web interface: yeroon.net/ggplot2 is a web interface for Hadley Wickham’s R package ggplot2. It is used as a tool for rapid prototyping, exploratory graphical analysis and education of statistics and R. The interface is written completely in javascript, therefore there is no need to install anything on the...

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Correlation scatter-plot matrix for ordered-categorical data

April 7, 2010
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Correlation scatter-plot matrix for ordered-categorical data

When analyzing a questionnaire, one often wants to view the correlation between two or more Likert questionnaire item’s (for example: two ordered categorical vectors ranging from 1 to 5). When dealing with several such Likert variable’s, a clear presentation of all the pairwise relation’s between our variable can be achieved by inspecting the (Spearman) correlation matrix (easily achieved in R...

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