Here's a video tutorial where I walk through some code that does what the previous post describes.The FRED data is used extensively for macroeconomics. You might these data useful for joining in graph fights in the blogosphere.

So I previously took a look at some data of player performance from a computer game. In this post, I’m going to do some further visualisations using ggplot2. The data consists of different types of player character, different roles for those characters, and their overall damage output (the unit here is damage per second, or

After several months, it was time for a new release 0.2.4 of RInside which is now on CRAN. RInside is a set of convenience classes which facilitate embedding of R inside of C++ applications and programs, using the classes and functions provided by th...

Last Monday, Conrad Sanderson released version 1.2.10 of his most excellent Armadillo templated C++ library for linear algebra; I followed up the same day with version 0.2.19 of our RcppArmadillo wrapper for R based on our Rcpp library. However, the...

This week it was revealed that the iPhone stores users’ locations, and this immediately caused a huge firestorm of commentary by tech geeks, panic among privacy advocates, and delight to data geeks like myself. Even better/worse, it seems that the iPhone caches location traces long-term, possibly back to the date the phone was activated. I ditched my iPhone this past...

While preparing my slides for the Rcpp workshop this Thursday, I had wondered about more nice examples motivating Rcpp. So I posed a quick question on the rcpp-devel list. And I received a few friendly answers. My favourite, so far, was a suggesti...

This is the first post of Statisfaction on R-bloggers. As an introduction: we are PhD students and postdocs at CREST, a research centre on economics and statistics located in Paris, France. We jointly share tips and tricks useful in our everyday jobs, links to various pages, articles, conferences, seminars, including a PhD student seminar at

I was a bit frustrated when I read Aris's comment to this post about speed of his calculations in Matlab. So I changed the time span of my dataset to 5 years and repeated the whole code. It was VERY disappointing to get the results after more than 5 ho...

Earlier this week, data scientists Pete Warden and Alasdair Allen reported that iPhones and cell-enabled iPads keep an internal log of the devices location, which is accessible from the backup that iTunes creates when you sync the device. (Update Apr 27: Apple responds that the locations are those of nearby cell towers and wi-fi hotspots, not the device itself.)...

Another book I received from the Short Book Reviews section of the International Statistical Review is Everitt’s and Hothorn’s Handbook of statistical analyses using R. Here is a version of my book review. This book is the second (blue) edition of a successful (violet) handbook that can benefit a wide audience interested in using

Following the comments on our earlier submission to PNAS, we have written (and re-arXived) a revised version where we try to spell out (better) the distinction between ABC point (and confidence) estimation and ABC model choice, namely that the problem was at another level for Bayesian model choice (using posterior probabilities). When doing point estimation