I thought I could easily jump to a high standard (reproducibility), but I failed. Some of you may have noticed that the knitr book is finally out. Amazon is offering a good price at the moment, so if you are interested, you'd better hurry up. I a...

The best way to learn any software is to use it, and if you're new to Hadoop and want to try using Hadoop with R the process of setting up your own Hadoop cluster can be daunting (to say the least). But if learning is the goal, the key is that you don't need to install a full cluster....

The guys at Google continue to update and enhance the Chart Tools API. One new recent feature is a pie chart with a hole, or as some call them: donut charts.Thankfully the new functionality is being achieved through new options for the existing pie cha...

Recently I’ve been spending a lot of time trying to learn Julia by doing the problems at Project Euler. What’s great about these problems is that it gets me out of my normal design patterns, since I don’t generally think about prime numbers, factorials and other number theory problems during my normal workday. These problems Fun With Just-In-Time...

Effectively showing estimates and uncertainty from Cox Proportional Hazard (PH) models, especially for interactive and non-linear effects, can be challenging with currently available software. So, researchers often just simply display a results table. These are pretty useless for Cox PH models. It is difficult to decipher a simple linear variable’s estimated effect and basically impossible to understand time...

Last week I attended a workshop on how to run highly parallel distributed jobs on the Open Science Grid (osg). There I met Derek Weitzel who has made an excellent contribution to advancing R as a high performance computing language by developing BoscoR. BoscoR greatly facilitates the use of the already existing package “GridR” by The post Easy...

Getting Started with Structural Equation Modeling Part 1Getting Started with Structural Equation Modeling: Part 1 Introduction For the analyst familiar with linear regression fitting structural equation models can at first feel strange. In the R environment, fitting structural equation models involves learning new modeling syntax, new plotting...