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European Fishing

January 27, 2013
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European Fishing

I am playing around with Eurostat data and ggplot2 a bit more. As I progress it seems the plotting gets more easy, the data pre-processing a bit more simple and the surprises on the data stay.Eurostat dataThe data used are fish_fleet (number of ships) and fish_pr (production=catch+aquaculture). After a bit of year selection, 1992 and later, I decided to...

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Unemployment

January 20, 2013
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Unemployment

I want to exercise a bit more with ggplot2 and there is always data to be gotten from Eurostat which is interesting. In Netherlands the statistics agency (CBS) brought these headlines (translated with http://translate.google.nl/):Unemployment...

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European Migration

January 13, 2013
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European Migration

Last week on the radio I heard a story of southern Europeans and Irish looking for better times in northern Europe. I heard the tale of an Italian academic who left Italy to end up waiting tables in an Italian restaurant in the Netherlands. Obviously t...

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Sequential testing in a triangle test setting

January 6, 2013
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It is well known the binomial test never has an error of exactly 5%. You aim for at most 5%, calculate the number correct to get there and end up with an error of e.g 2%. This is a shame but there is no solution. However, it is also an opportunity; the...

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Speed skating 10 km

December 29, 2012
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Speed skating 10 km

It is winter which makes it time for one of Netherlands beloved sports: speed skating. Speed skating is done over various distances, but for me, the most beautiful is the 10 km. The top men do this in about 13 minutes. In this post I try to u...

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Common words in the Gathering Storm

December 25, 2012
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Common words in the Gathering Storm

The Wheel of Time is a series of books started by Robert Jordan. Unfortunately he died too early. Like all fans of the series I feel very lucky that Brandon Sanderson was able to continue these books. The first book Sanderson wrote was the Gathering St...

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The Eye of the World as word cloud

December 16, 2012
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The Eye of the World as word cloud

The Eye of the World is the first book of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time books. As the last of these books will be published soon, I was wondering if natural language processing can be used to examine books like these. For this purpose I downloaded a co...

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To reject random walk in climate

December 6, 2012
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To reject  random walk in climate

I read the post The surprisingly weak case for global warming and the rejection; Climate: Misspecified. Based on the first, I wanted to make a post, just to write I agree with the second.The post features a number of plots like thisFor m...

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Triangle tests

December 2, 2012
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Triangle tests

IntroductionA triangle test is a test beloved by sensory scientists for its simplicity and general use in detecting presence of product differences. The principle is simple. Test subjects get served three samples. One of these contains A, two of these ...

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Secret Santa – unfinished business

November 24, 2012
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Last week I wrote:This is actually a more difficult calculation (or I forgot too much probability). Luckily a bit of brute force comes in handy. To reiterate, in general simulated data shows 0.54 redraws because of the first person etc.colSums(countsto...

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