Geomorph 3D Visualization

April 16, 2014
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Geomorph 3D Visualization

Dear geomorph users,version 2.0 of geomorph brings new developments in how shape deformations from 3D coordinate shape data can be viewed. We have implemented warping of 3D surface files (e.g., .ply files), which allows the user to visualize the shape deformations along Principal Component axes, Multivariate Regression slopes, Partial Least Squares axes and group differences, to name a few.The new function warpRefMesh() reads in a .ply...

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Geomorph Version 2.0 Now Available!

April 16, 2014
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Geomorph users,We have uploaded version 2.0 to CRAN. The windows and mac binaries have been compiled and the tarball is available.Version 2.0 comes with substantial changes and new features: New function phylo.pls()for assessing the multivari...

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R Courses in Milan (Italy): May 2014

April 16, 2014
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Dear R users, the May 2014 public training course schedule for Milano (Italy) based courses is as follows: Web Applications with R and Shiny May 15, 2014 Reports in R with RStudio May 16, 2014 Basic R Programming May 22, … Continue reading →

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Errors on percentage errors

April 16, 2014
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Errors on percentage errors

The MAPE (mean absolute percentage error) is a popular measure for forecast accuracy and is defined as     where denotes an observation and denotes its forecast, and the mean is taken over . Armstrong (1985, p.348) was the first (to my knowledge) to point out the asymmetry of the MAPE saying that “it has a bias favoring estimates...

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Checking (G)LM model assumptions in R

April 16, 2014
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Checking (G)LM model assumptions in R

(Generalized) Linear models make some strong assumptions concerning the data structure: Independance of each data points Correct distribution of the residuals Correct specification of the variance structure Linear relationship between the response and the linear predictor For simple lm 2-4) means that the residuals should be normally distributed, the variance should be homogenous across the

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Impact of Dimensionality on Data in Pictures

April 16, 2014
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Impact of Dimensionality on Data in Pictures

I am excited to announce that this is supposed to be my first article published also on r-bloggers.com :) The processing of data needs to take dimensionality into account as usual metrics change their behaviour in subtle ways, which impacts the … Continue reading → The post Impact of Dimensionality on Data in Pictures appeared first on

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Topic Modeling In R

April 16, 2014
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Editor's note: This is the first in a series of posts from rOpenSci's recent hackathon.I recently had the pleasure of participating in rOpenSci's hackathon. To be honest, I was quite nervous to work among such notables, but I immediately felt welcome thanks to a warm and personable group. Alyssa Frazee has a great post summarizing...

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Accessing Open Data Portal (India) using APIs

April 15, 2014
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As I mentioned in my previous blog post, Government of India have started an Open Data Portal for making various data public. Most of the data-sets on the portal are available for manual download. Some of the data-sets though are also available to be a...

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Visualizing Age-Length Keys — More

April 15, 2014
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Visualizing Age-Length Keys — More

I recently posted on the addition of ageKeyPlot() to the FSA package for visualizing age-length keys. Since that post, I have added one more type of plot as illustrated below. This post should be considered as an extension of the … Continue reading →

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Oracle’s Strategy for Advanced Analytics

April 15, 2014
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At Oracle our goal is to enable you to get timely insight from all of your data. We continuously enhance Oracle Database to allow workloads that have traditionally required extracting data from the database to run in-place. We do this to narrow the ga...

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Investigating the relationship between gold and bitcoin prices with R.

April 15, 2014
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Investigating the relationship between gold and bitcoin prices with R.

Image by Ennio Pozzetti   In this post I will explore some of the movements in markets in recent years, these movements have caught many by surprise resulting in some people unexpectedly striking it rich while others have lost a great deal. I am no financial advisor, nor do I have a background in financial

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Wealth and Skill | A Talk to Students

April 15, 2014
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I enjoyed talking to University of Alabama students this morning about wealth, skill, and luck.  I tried to synthesize a whole lot of research into something meaningful.  Of course, it would not have been possible without rCharts + Slidify.  Thanks ...

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Quantitative Finance Applications in R – 5: an Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation

April 15, 2014
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Quantitative Finance Applications in R – 5: an Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation

by Daniel Hanson Last time, we looked at the four-parameter Generalized Lambda Distribution, as a method of incorporating skew and kurtosis into an estimated distribution of market returns, and capturing the typical fat tails that the normal distribution cannot. Having said that, however, the Normal distribution can be useful in constructing Monte Carlo simulations, and it is still commonly...

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googleVis 0.5.1 released on CRAN

April 15, 2014
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googleVis 0.5.1 released on CRAN

GoogleVis 0.5.1 was released on CRAN yesterday. New Features New functions gvisSankey, gvisAnnotationChart, gvisHistogram,gvisCalendar and gvisTimeline to support the new Google charts of the same names (without 'gvis'). New demo Trendlines showing how...

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Use of freqparcoord for Regression Diagnostics

April 14, 2014
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Use of freqparcoord for Regression Diagnostics

This is the third in my series of three posts on my package freqparcoord with Yingkang Xie. (My next post after this will show how to use R to explore one of my favorite examples of “what can go wrong” in statistics.) Here is a very brief review of my previous posts regarding freqparcoord. A

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Video: Mining Tweets with R

April 14, 2014
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This post shares the video from the talk presented in 2014 by Eu Jin Lok on mining tweets with R presented at Melbourne R Users. Twitter is currently ranked in the top 10 for most-visited website, and averaging 500 million … Continue reading →

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BH release 1.54.0-2

April 14, 2014
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Yesterday's release of RcppBDT 0.2.3 lead to an odd build error. If one used at the same time a 32-bit OS, a compiler as recent as g++ 4.7 and the Boost 1.54.0 headers (directly or via the BH package) then the file lexical_cast.hpp barked and failed t...

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Interfacing R with Web technologies

April 14, 2014
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A new Task View on CRAN will be of anyone who needs to connect R with Web-based applications. The Web Technologies and Services Task View lists R functions and pacakges for reading data from websites (via public APIs or by scraping data from HTML packegs); for interfacing with Cloud-based platforms (including AWS); for authenticating and accessing data from social...

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Transitioning to Stan

April 14, 2014
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Kevin Cartier writes: I’ve been happily using R for a number of years now and recently came across Stan. Looks big and powerful, so I’d like to pick an appropriate project and try it out. I wondered if you could point me to a link or document that goes into the motivation for this tool The post

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Modeling "This Time is Different" in R

April 14, 2014
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Modeling "This Time is Different" in R

Check out PDF for EquationsAnd Code to run yourselfIntroduction: “This Time is different” by Reinhart and Rogoff is an empirical history of financial crises and panics.  It describes many economic events such as; inflation, bubbles, and...

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Example 2014.4: Hilbert Matrix

April 14, 2014
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Example 2014.4: Hilbert Matrix

Rick Wicklin showed how to make a Hilbert matrix in SAS/IML. Rick has a nice discussion of these matrices and why they might be interesting; the value of H_{r,c} is 1/(r+c-1). We show how to make this matrix in the data step and in R. We also show t...

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Modeling "This Time is Different"

April 14, 2014
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Modeling "This Time is Different"

Check out PDF for Equations And Code to run yourselfIntroduction: “This Time is different” by Reinhart and Rogoff is an empirical history of financial crises and panics.  It describes many economic events such as; inflation, bubbles, and defaults.The theme that ties these events together is the idea that people have an unrealistic expectation of the future because...

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Public Universities Should Use Open Source Software

April 14, 2014
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Public Universities Should Use Open Source Software

(This article was first published on Econometrics by Simulation, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers) The Homeless Econometrician: Black Box SoftwareChoosing to go open source is a big deal.  It means that when asking for help or new improvements you are dealing with a highly active and generous user community which enjoys helping instead of a corporation which needs to...

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Regular expressions in R vs RStudio

April 14, 2014
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Regular expressions in R vs RStudio

The 'regex' family of languages and commands is used for manipulating text strings. More specifically, regular expressions are typically used for finding specific patterns of characters and replacing them with others. These technique have a range of applications and R's base installation has powerful regex tools (not to mention add-on packages for string manipulation such as stringr). Yet regex in R is cause of...

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The ins and outs of interacting with web APIs

April 14, 2014
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We've received a number of questions from our users about dealing with the finer details of data sources on the web. Whether you're reading data from local storage such as a csv file, a .Rdata store, or possibly a proprietary file format, you've most likely run into some issues in the past. Common problems include passing incorrect paths, files...

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Regular expressions in R vs RStudio

April 14, 2014
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Regular expressions in R vs RStudio

The 'regex' family of languages and commands is used for manipulating text strings. More specifically, regular expressions are typically used for finding specific patterns of characters and replacing them with others. These technique have a range of applications and R's base installation has powerful regex tools (not to mention add-on packages for string manipulation such as stringr). Yet regex in R is cause of...

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RcppBDT 0.2.3

April 13, 2014
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A new release of the RcppBDT package is now on CRAN.Several new modules were added; the package can now work on dates, date durations, "ptime" (aka posix time), and timezones. Most interesting may be the fact that ptime is configured to use 96 bi...

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Exploring US healthcare data

April 13, 2014
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A few days ago, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released some unprecedented data on the US healthcare system. The data consists of 9 million rows showing how much each doctor in the US charged Medicare, for what, and how much Medicare paid out. It doesn't quite cover everything (for example, services with less than 11...

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Survey: Computing Your Own Post-Stratification Weights in R

April 13, 2014
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Social Science Goes R: Weighted Survey Data Survey Data: Computing Your Own Weights The second installment in my series on working with survey data in R explains how to compute your own post-stratification weights to use with survey data. For a more...

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