hmm: implementation of viterbi algorithm (Durbin, 1998) Part 1

January 27, 2012
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hmm: implementation of viterbi algorithm (Durbin, 1998) Part 1

Example in the mentioned book goes as following – dishonest casino uses two types of dice. Fair one that has equal probability of landing on either side (1/6), and the loaded one with 50% chance for getting 6. Your task … Continue reading →

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heatmaps: controlling the color representation with set data range

January 27, 2012
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heatmaps: controlling the color representation with set data range

Often you want to set the fixed colors for particular range of your dataset to be sure that the visual output is correctly represented. This is particularly useful for time series data, where the range or your dataset might drastically … Continue reading →

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Distressing Numbers for Women

January 27, 2012
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Distressing Numbers for Women

Sometimes I play with non-linguistic data sets recreationally. It's a totally valid hobby! I tend to gravitate towards data on the disparities between men and women, because gender equality is something that matters to me.I've had this one data set for...

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Replicating NetLogo Fire model

January 27, 2012
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Replicating NetLogo Fire model

While preparing for the new semester I have started reimplementing standard NetLogo examples in R. The first is Fire model.The simulation in R is presented here:# Forest matrix trees encoding:# 3 – green, 2 – burning, 1 – burnt, 0 – no treesimu...

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Experimenting With iGraph – and a Hint Towards Ways of Measuring Engagement?

January 27, 2012
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Experimenting With iGraph – and a Hint Towards Ways of Measuring Engagement?

For fear of being left way behind as Martin Hawksey starts to get to grips with R, (see for example how he’s using R to automate the annotation of Google Spreadsheets with calculations that don’t come readily or efficiently to hand in Google Spreadsheets itself), I thought I better try to get to grips with

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New R User Group in Cleveland

January 27, 2012
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Another new local R user group has just started up, this time in Cleveland, OH. The Cleveland R User Group is the brainchild of R user Nicholas Hermez, and their first meeting on February 22 is a get-together to plan future topics, presenters and venues. If you're in the Cleveland area why not drop by and contribute your ideas?...

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RStudio, BibTex, and LaTeX

January 27, 2012
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I was having a little trouble getting RStudio to process BibTex entries and compile a LaTeX file. Bumping around on the great RStudio help forum, I found this entry, which pointed me in the direction. I needed to set a system environment variable in R ...

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Scraping Flora of North America

January 27, 2012
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So Flora of North America is an awesome collection of taxonomic information for plants across the continent. However, the information within is not easily machine readable. So, a little web scraping is called for. rfna is an R package to collect inf...

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Parallel R Model Prediction Building and Analytics

January 26, 2012
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Modifying R code to run in parallel can lead to huge performance gains. Although a significant amount of code can easily be run in parallel, there are some learning techniques, such as the Support Vector Machine, that cannot be easily parallelized. However, there is an often overlooked way to speed up these and other models. It...

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Text Mining and The Danish Immigration Debate

January 26, 2012
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Text Mining and The Danish Immigration Debate

I have for a while now wanted to learn how to do text mining in R. I have played a bit around with the tm package before, but nothing really serious. Being a Danish expat that might soon move back to Denmark with a Swiss girlfriend and child, the Dani...

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Filtering a list with the Filter higher-order function

January 26, 2012
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Last week markbulling over at Drunks & Lampposts posted a method of using sapply to filter a list by a predicate. Today the @RLangTip tip of the day was to use sapply similarly. This made makes me wonder if R‘s … Continue reading →

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Social Media Interest Maps of Newsnight and BBCQT Twitterers

January 26, 2012
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Social Media Interest Maps of Newsnight and BBCQT Twitterers

I grabbed independent samples of 1500 recent users of the #newsnight and #bbcqt hashtags within a minute or two of each other about half an hour ago. Here’s who’s followed by 25 or more of the recent hashtaggers in each case. Can you distinguish the programmes each audience interest projection map relates to? Here’s the

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All I Don’t Know About Surveys

January 26, 2012
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All I Don’t Know About Surveys

I believe my survey experiment Survey Time illustrated later in this post and in Google’s Visualization of Survey Responses mainly pointed out how ignorant I am about the very complicated science of surveying from building the survey to the visualiza...

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SAS Macro Simplifies SAS and R integration

January 26, 2012
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SAS Macro Simplifies SAS and R integration

Many of us feel very enthusiastic about R. It's free, it features cutting edge applications, it has a large community of users contributing for mutual benefit, and on and on. There are also many things to like about SAS, including stability, backwards...

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Penny pinching yields pennies

January 26, 2012
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Penny pinching yields pennies

A Greek Professor of Economics has written up a thought-provoking series of articles on complexity fetishism. As part of his …Continue reading »

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Parallel R Model Prediction Building and Analytics

January 26, 2012
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Modifying R code to run in parallel can lead to huge performance gains. Although a significant amount of code can easily be run in parallel, there are some learning techniques, such as the Support Vector Machine, that cannot be easily parallelized. However, there is an often overlooked way to speed up these and other models. It involves executing the...

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A Short Example with R-Package osmar..

January 26, 2012
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A Short Example with R-Package osmar..

Following up my last post in which I praised the capabilities of the osmar-package I give a short example...ps: You can also find this example at GitHub HERE.library(osmar) # this pulls the data from the OSM-Api:mydistrict <- get_osm(relation(85647)...

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Creative Commons license

January 26, 2012
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Creative Commons license

Copyright notice: I hereby release all of the writing  content that is tagged by R, under the cc-by-sa copyrights (date: Jan 26 2012), as long as the copied content comes with proper attribution which also  includes a link to the source of the article .

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Exploring the functions in a package

January 26, 2012
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Exploring the functions in a package

Sometimes it can be useful to list all the functions inside a package. This is done in the same way that you would list variables in your workspace. That is, using ls. The syntax is ls(pos = "package:packagename"), which is easy enough if you can remember it. Unfortunately, I never can, and have to type

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How to create the best Interactive R Language Online Learning Platform from the views of R community?

January 26, 2012
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How to create the best Interactive R Language Online Learning Platform from the views of R community?: R offers a breadth and depth in statistical computing beyond what is available in commercial closed source products. Yet R remains, primarily, a ...

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Hottest 100 for 2011

January 26, 2012
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Hottest 100 for 2011

Another year, another Australia Day. Another Australia Day, another Triple J Hottest 100. And that, of course, means an excellent excuse to  set R to work on the chart data. For those outside Australia, the Hottest 100 is a chart of the most popular songs of the previous year, as voted by the listeners of

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osmar – Don’t Miss this New R-Geo-Package!

January 26, 2012
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osmar – Don’t Miss this New R-Geo-Package!

The osmar-package enables you to retrieve all geographic elements of OpenStreetMap via its API.I.e., you can retrieve a street, river, state-boundary or whatever and use this as a spatial object in R.It's overwhelming thinking of the endless playg...

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Paper on org-mode and reproducible research

January 26, 2012
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Paper on org-mode and reproducible research

As I was talking recently about reproducible research, I have to post this. A new paper by Eric Schulte, Dan Davison, Thomas Dye, Carsten Dominik. If you haven’t heard about them, you haven’t been on the org-mode mailing list. They could be called the main contributors to org-mode and the part of org-mode called babel,

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Announcing the winners of the Applications of R in Business contest

January 25, 2012
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It's with great pleasure that the team at Revolution Analytics announces the winners of the inaugural "Applications of R in Business" contest: Grand Prize ($10,000): Shannon Terry and Ben Ogorek, Nationwide Insurance for 'A Direct Marketing In-flight Forecasting System' Runner Up Prize ($5,000): Jeffrey Breen, Atmosphere Research Group for 'Mining Twitter for Airline Consumer Sentiment' Congratulations to both winners,...

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Random matrix theory and APT’s daily global model

January 25, 2012
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Random matrix theory and APT’s daily global model

Someone emailed me recently and asked about how APT uses random matrix theory in their factor model. Another question I …Continue reading »

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ABC [PhD] course

January 25, 2012
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ABC [PhD] course

As mentioned in the latest post on ABC, I am giving a short doctoral course on ABC methods and convergence at CREST next week. I have now made a preliminary collection of my slides (plus a few from Jean-Michel Marin’s), available on slideshare (as ABC in Roma, because I am also giving the course in

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ESPN Prediction Performance for the NFL

January 25, 2012
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ESPN Prediction Performance for the NFL

Description:ESPN 'experts' predict the National Football League wins/losses each week.  The above chart shows the percentage of their correct guesses and an overall trend, week by week.Data:http://espn.go.com/nfl/picksAnalysis:The graph shows an i...

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RStudio v0.95 Released

January 25, 2012
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RStudio v0.95 Released

The final version of RStudio v0.95 is now available for download from our website (thanks to everyone who put the preview release through its paces over the last couple of weeks!). Highlights of the new release include: Projects — A new system for managing R projects that enables easy switching between working directories and per-project contexts

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RStudio does not start when using a R version built from source

January 25, 2012
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Because I do not have root privileges on some of the machines I use, I build part of my software from source and install it into my own homedirectory. Doing that requires one to download R from CRAN, e.g. R… See more ›

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