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I just put a fresh install of Ubuntu Server (10.04.4 LTS) on one of our machines. As I was doing some post-install config, I accidentally installed Rstudio Server. And subsequently fell down an exciting little rabbit-hole of server configur...

I have thought quite a lot about including regressors (i.e. covariates) in exponential smoothing (ETS) models, and I have done it a couple of times in my published work. See my 2008 exponential smoothing book (chapter 9) and my 2008 Tourism Management paper. However, there are some theoretical issues with these approaches, which have come to light through the research of...

The Journal of Nature put out an interesting op-ed recently discussing the need to make source code available for scientific articles that require statistical computation to produce their results. http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v482/n7386/ful...

I have been posting R solutions to Project Euler problems as a way of polishing my R skills. Here is the next problem in the series, problem 26. The problem is stated as follows:A unit fraction contains 1 in the numerator. The decimal representati...

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(This article was first published on twotorials by anthony damico, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers) To leave a comment for the author, please follow the link and comment on his blog: twotorials by anthony damico. R-bloggers.com offers daily e-mail updates about R news and tutorials on topics such as: visualization (ggplot2, Boxplots, maps, animation), programming (RStudio, Sweave, LaTeX, SQL,...

The past couple of years have seen a dramatic growth in the use of the R language in the enterprise. R has always been pervasive in academia for research and teaching in statistics and data science, and as new graduates trained in R have migrated to the workplace the demand for R in corporations has become more and more...

Revolution Analytics' open-source RHadoop project, which provides integration between R and Hadoop, has been updated with the release of version 1.2 of the "rmr" package. New in this version: support for binary I/O formats, which improves on the text-only interfact by allowing use of faster and more space-efficient data formats like R's native serialization format. This version also improves...

One of my favourite conferences, Strata: Making Data Work, starts tomorrow in Santa Clara, CA. Revolution Analytics is a proud sponsor, and I'll be there with the team to listen to some great talks and to meet other R users at our booth in the exhibition hall. There will be several R-related talks and tutorials during the conference, including...

Calculating characteristics such as median, mean,… of a subset of data is quite straightforward in R: For a data set containing results from several “models”, a subset for the model “base” is created by Then, the median of the variable … Continue reading →

A look at the distortion from predicted to realized. The idea The efficient frontier is a mainstay of academic quant. I’ve made fun of it before. This post explores the efficient frontier in a slightly less snarky fashion. Data The universe is 474 stocks in the S&P 500. The predictions are made using data from … Continue reading...

In this episode: A couple of site updates, our first listener feedback, an overview of installing R on each major platform, and an overview of R IDEs and helpful resources for getting started with R. If you would like to provide feedback, please send an email or audio comment to [email protected] or leave us a

In the last post, Multiple Factor Model – Building Risk Model, I have shown how to build a multiple factor risk model. In this post I want to explain why do we need a risk model and how it is used during portfolio construction process. The covariance matrix is used during the mean-variance portfolio optimization

Yesterday I found out about ‘mplayer’, which is a movie/music player for Unix that can be completely controlled from the terminal (http://www.mplayerhq.hu/). I started playing around with it while at the same time learning reference classes. The result, a music … Continue reading →

Here's the numbers of yearly sunspots, 1700-1988, brought to you by the nimble marimba of R: See ?sunspot.year in R for more information about the data. I did this last spring and just discovered it again. I've been so caught up in the current sound world of playitbyr (see this post for an example) that

The ability to handle maps and geospatial images is always a nice trick to have up your sleeve. Almost any sizeable report will contain a map – of a locality, of a country, or of the world. However, very few analysts have the ability to produce these plots for themselves and often resort to using...

Introduction R is widely used among scientists and statisticians to perform statistical analysis while Salesforce.com is one of the leading CRM software packages used for Marketing and Salesforce automation. Salesforce.com contains vital information regarding Leads, Customers, Contacts, Opportunities and Cases. Currently this data is mainly used for operational purposes by Sales and Marketing professionals. How

A lot of people consider the static typing found in languages such as C, C++, ML, Java and Scala as needless hairshirtism. They consider the dynamic typing of languages like Lisp, Scheme, Perl, Ruby and Python as a critical advantage (ignoring other features of these languages and other efforts at generic programming such as the Related posts:

Spanish R user and solar energy lecturer Oscar Perpiñán Lamigueiro has written a detailed three-part guide to creating beautiful maps and choropleths (maps color-coded with regional data) using the R language. Motivated by the desire to recreate this graphic from the New York Times, Oscar describes how he creates similar high-quality maps using R. In Part 1, Oscar grabbed...