plot textual differences in Shiny

February 21, 2013
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plot textual differences in Shiny

Wordclouds such as Wordle are pretty rubbish, so I thought I'd try to make a better one, one that actually produces (statistically) meaningful results. I was so happy with the outcome I decided to make it interactive, so go on, have a play!Compare any...

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Zurich, Feb 2013 – Spring Lecture

February 21, 2013
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Examining Overlapping Meetup Memberships with Venn Diagrams

February 21, 2013
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Examining Overlapping Meetup Memberships with Venn Diagrams

As of the beginning of 2013, Data Community DC ran three Meetup groups: Data Science DC, Data Business DC, and R Users DC. We’ve often wondered how much these three groups overlapped. In this post, I’m going to show you … Continue reading → The post Examining Overlapping Meetup Memberships with Venn Diagrams appeared first on Data...

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Social Media Monitoring tools in R with just a few lines

February 21, 2013
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Social Media Monitoring tools in R with just a few lines

Social Media Analysis has become some kind of new obsession in Marketing. Every company wants to engage existing customers or attract new ones through this communication channel. Therefore, they hire designers, editors, community managers, etc. However, when it comes to … Continue reading →

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Social Media Monitoring tools in R with just a few lines

February 21, 2013
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Social Media Monitoring tools in R with just a few lines

Social Media Analysis has become some kind of new obsession in Marketing. Every company wants to engage existing customers or attract new ones through this communication channel. Therefore, they hire designers, editors, community managers, etc. However, when it comes to … Continue reading →

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Video: Survey Package in R

February 20, 2013
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Video: Survey Package in R

Sebastián Duchêne presented a talk at Melbourne R Users on 20th February 2013 on the Survey Package in R. Talk Overview: Complex designs are common in survey data. In practice, collecting random samples from a populations is costly and impractical. … Continue reading →

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RcppArmadillo 0.3.6.3

February 20, 2013
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A new Armadillo version 3.6.3 came out this morning, and the corresponding RcppArmadillo version is now on CRAN. Changes are incremental: Changes in RcppArmadillo version 0.3.6.3 (2013-02-20) Upgraded to Armadillo release Version 3.6.3 ...

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Model Selection and Multi-Model Inference

February 20, 2013
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Model Selection and Multi-Model Inference

At D-RUG this week Rosemary Hartman presented a really useful case study in model selection, based on her work on frog habitat. Here is her code run through ‘knitr’. Original code and data are posted here. (yes, I am just doing this for the flying monkey) Editor’s note: we’re giving away flying monkey dolls from our...

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Quandl: A Wikipedia for Time Series Data

February 20, 2013
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This guest post is by Tammer Kamel, Founder of Quandl Finding and formatting numerical data for analysis in R or Excel or indeed any application is a pain that all real world data analysts know all too well. In aggregate I have probably spent weeks of my life trying to find data on the web. And several more weeks...

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Analysis of Public .Rhistory Files

February 20, 2013
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Analysis of Public .Rhistory Files

GitHub recently launched a more powerful search feature which has been used on more than one occasion to identify sensitive files that may be hosted in a public GitHub repository. When used innocently, there are all sorts of fun things you can find with this search feature. Inspired by Aldo Cortesi's post documenting his exploration

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Fixing My Internet With R and Python

February 20, 2013
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Fixing My Internet With R and Python

Last summer, I had some internet connectivity problems. Specifically, I would have massive latency issues that affected my conversations on Skype and my relatively pathetic under the best of circumstances efforts at online gaming. It was driving me up a wall and I couldn't figure it out. It hadn't...

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Fixing My Internet With R and Python

February 20, 2013
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Fixing My Internet With R and Python

Last summer, I had some internet connectivity problems. Specifically, I would have massive latency issues that affected my conversations on Skype and my relatively pathetic under the best of circumstances efforts at online gaming. It was driving me up a wall and I couldn't figure it out. It hadn't...

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To pre-pay or not to pre-pay for gas when renting a car?

February 20, 2013
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To pre-pay or not to pre-pay for gas when renting a car?

One question we get asked a lot is whether it's worth it to pre-pay for the tank of gas when renting a car. At first, blush it seems like something you should never do. In the best case, you pay market rate for gas, and in the worst case, you pay for a tank of gas you never consume (what...

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Interactive two-host SIR model

February 20, 2013
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Interactive two-host SIR model

This is an example of interfacing R, shiny, and deSolve to produce an interactive environment where users can explore model behavior by altering parameters in an easy to use GUI. The model tracks the number of susceptible, infectious, and recovered individuals in two co-occuring host species. The rates of change for each class are represented as a system of differential...

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Another Way to Look at Vanguard and Pimco

February 20, 2013
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Another Way to Look at Vanguard and Pimco

I like the results of the analysis shown in my post Applying Tradeblotter’s Nice Work Across Manager Rather than Time, but I was not satisfied that the plot allowed a quick summary comparison of the two massive fund complexes.  I am much more pl...

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Progress bar in R

February 20, 2013
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A decent percentage of working time in R, I spend looping over chromosomes, transcription factors or tissues, usually, using parallelization.To get the stuff to run simultaneously I use the foreach function from the doMC package, and for monitoring of ...

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Mapped: Twitter Languages in New York

February 20, 2013
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Mapped: Twitter Languages in New York

Following the interest in our Twitter Tongues map for L

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Interactive two-host SIR model

February 20, 2013
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This is an example of interfacing R, shiny, and deSolve to produce an interactive environment where users can explore model behavior by altering parameters in an easy to use GUI. The model tracks the number of susceptible, infectious, and recovered individuals in two co-occuring host species. The rates of change for each class are represented as a system of...

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Momentum in R: Part 4 with Quantstrat

February 19, 2013
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Momentum in R: Part 4 with Quantstrat

The past few posts on momentum with R focused on a relatively simple way to backtest momentum strategies. In part 4, I use the quantstrat framework to backtest a momentum strategy. Using quantstrat opens the door to several features and options as well as an order book to check the trades at the completion of … Continue reading...

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Onepager Now with knitR

February 19, 2013
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Since at some point I had trouble with a conflict between knitr and the latex package textpos, I used the lesser Sweave in Another Experiment with R and Sweave.  I ran the Sweave2knitr command and discovered that textpos and knitr play well togeth...

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Visualize major league pitching data with PitchRx

February 19, 2013
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Anyone interested in playing around with the data generated by the PITCHf/x cameras at major league baseball games should definitely check out the pitchRx package from Carson Sievert. Major League Baseball Advanced Media makes the data available for download, and this package provides an interface from R to the speed, position and pitcher data for just about every MLB...

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Better modelling and visualisation of newspaper count data

February 19, 2013
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Better modelling and visualisation of newspaper count data

<!-- Styles for R syntax highlighter In this post I outline how count data may be modelled using a negative binomial distribution in order to more accurately present trends in time series count data than using linear methods. I also show how to...

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Registration for ‘R in Insurance’ conference has opened

February 19, 2013
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Registration for ‘R in Insurance’ conference has opened

The registration for the first conference on R in Insurance on Monday 15 July 2013 at Cass Business School in London has opened. The intended audience of the conference includes both academics and practitioners who are active or interested in the applications of R in insurance. The 2013 R in Insurance conference builds...

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When Discrete Choice Becomes a Rating Scale: Constant Sum Allocation

February 19, 2013
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Why limit our discrete choice task to next purchase when we can ask about next ten purchases?  It does not seem appropriate to restrict choice modeling to one selection only when repeat purchases from the same choice set&n...

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Sketches Around Twitter Followers

February 19, 2013
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Sketches Around Twitter Followers

I’ve been doodling… Following a query about the possible purchase of Twitter followers for various public figure accounts (I need to get my head round what the problem is with that exactly?!), I thought I’d have a quick look at some stats around follower groupings… I started off with a data grab, pulling down the

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Working with R2MLwiN Part 2

February 19, 2013
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Specifying the modelThis is the second part of a series of notes demonstrating use of the R package, R2MLwiN, an R command interface to the multilevel modelling software package, MLwiN (see the MLwiN site for getting access to MLwiN). The first set of notes showed how to get started with R2MLwiN. In these notes,...

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metvurst now a package (repository moved to GitHub)

February 18, 2013
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metvurst now a package (repository moved to GitHub)

Inspired by a post on PirateGrunt, I finally managed to pack metvurst up and turn it into a proper R-Package (the fact that I'm on holiday and have some time also helped). As a side-effect of this, the repository has been moved from google code to G...

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New Rcpp master class scheduled for New York

February 18, 2013
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A new Rcpp master class is scheduled for March 9 in New York. The format will an updated version of the one-day workshops I have given at the University of Rochester in 2010, in San Franciso in 2011 (organised by Revolution Analytics) and at the UseR...

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Sector Rotation Back Test Shiny web application

February 18, 2013
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Sector Rotation Back Test Shiny web application

Today, I want to share the Sector Rotation Back Test application (code at GitHub). This is the last application in the series of examples (I have shared 5 examples) that will demonstrate the amazing Shiny framework and Systematic Investor Toolbox to analyze stocks, make back-tests, and create summary reports. The motivation for this series of

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