## Finishing football postings

November 4, 2012
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For now this is the last post about these football data. It started in August, by now it is November. But just to finish up; the model as it should have been last week.ModelAs most of what I did is described last week, only the model as it went in Jags...

## Sunday Data/Statistics Link Roundup (11/4/12)

November 4, 2012
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Brian Caffo headlines the WaPo article about massive online open courses. He is the driving force behind our department’s involvement in offering these massive courses. I think this sums it up: `“I can’t use another word than unbelievable,” Caffo said. … Continue reading →

## Hello World!

November 4, 2012
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Eventually this will be a blog about a reformed physicist's forays into data analysis in the world of finance. I'll be using R, Python, d3 and anything else I can get my hands on to serve up some tasty nuggets of data!

## Plotting large amounts of atmospheric data

November 4, 2012
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Plotting large amounts of hourly atmospheric data body, td { font-family: sans-serif; background-color: white; font-size: 12px; margin: 8px; } tt, code, pre { font-family: 'DejaVu Sans Mono', 'Droid Sans Mono', 'Lucida Console',...

## Wikipedia Attention and the US elections

November 3, 2012
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One of the most interesting challenges of data science are predictions for important events such as national elections. With all those data streams of billions of posts, comments, likes, clicks etc. there should be a way to identify the most important correlations to make predictions about real-world behavior such as: going to the voting booth

## Generation of a normal distribution from "scratch" – The box-muller method

November 3, 2012
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My previous post is about a method to simulate a Brownian motion. A friend of mine emailed me yesterday to tell me that this is useless if we do not know how to simulate a normally distributed variable. My first remark is: use the rnorm() function if t...

## Reordering factor levels in R plots

November 3, 2012
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A few days ago a post doctoral researcher asked me if I could help him reorder the factor levels on a bar chart. The problem is that R automatically alphabetizes factor levels. I thought this would be fairly straight-forward but...

## Project Euler — problem 21

November 3, 2012
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It’s been over one month since my last post on Euler problem 20, when  I was planning to post at least one on either Euler project or visualization. So I am four posts behind; I’ll try to catch up. Tonight, I’ll solve the 21st Euler … Continue reading →

## SAP HANA and R (The way of the widget)

November 3, 2012
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A real developer never stops learning that's a quote I always love to repeat...because it applies to my life...you can know a lot of things but there's always something new to learn, or to re-learn. That's why a couple of days ago I start reading wxPyt...

## Breakthroughs in the sas7bdat Reverse Engineering Effort

November 3, 2012
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Due largely to the work of Clint Cummins, the sas7bdat file format has become a bit less shrouded. In particular, we now know the following: how to detect files with compressed data (and fail graciously) more details about the platform that generated the file (e.g., endianess, OS details) how to read files that were generated

## Using R to Compare Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Irene

November 3, 2012
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Having just lived through two back to back hurricanes (Irene in 2011 and Sandy in 2012) that passed through the New York metro area I was curious how the paths of the hurricanes differed.  I worked up a quick graph in R using data from Unisys.  The data also includes wind speed and barometric pressure.

## Unstable parallel simulation, or after finishing testing, test some more

November 2, 2012
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Lately I have been working on a trading system based on Support Vector Machine (SVM) regression (and yes, if you wonder, there are a few posts planned to share the results). In this post however I want to share an interesting problem I had to deal with. Few days ago, I started running simulations using

## Simple Bayesian bootstrap

November 2, 2012
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Bootstrapping is a very popular statistical technique. However, its Bayesian analogue proposed by Rubin (1981) is not very common. I was looking for an example of its implementation in GNU R and could not find one so I decided to write a snippet presen...

## Which functions in plyr do people use?

November 2, 2012
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This is the question that Hadley Wickham recently set out to discovering by asking frequent R and plyr users how they use it in an online survey. Once a decent number of people have responded, Hadley quickly went forward and produced a short analysis of the plyr usage survey, and published it in RPubs.  With his permission, I am...

## googleVis 0.3.3 is released and on its way to CRAN

November 2, 2012
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I am very grateful to all who provided feedback over the last two weeks and tested the previous versions 0.3.1 and 0.3.2, which were not released on CRAN. So, what changed since version 0.3.2?Not much, but plot.gvis didn't open a browser window when op...

## Ryan Peek on Customizing Your R Setup

November 2, 2012
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Ryan Peek showed us how to use an .Rprofile file to customize your R setup. Here are his instructions and script: For Windows To change profile for R, go here: C:\Program Files\R\R-2.15.1\etc (or whatever version you are using) Edit the “Rprofile.site” file Restart R For Macs Create your Rprofile file. -use TextEdit or another editor to create a file called Rprofile.txt In a...

## Slides and replay for "The Rise of Data Science"

November 2, 2012
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I had a great time presenting my new webinar yesterday, thanks to everyone who attended "The Rise of Data Science in the Age of Big Data Analytics" and especially those who submitted questions. Sorry I didn't have time to get to them all, but feel free to ask here in the comments. There's been some discussion recently about whether...

## The New Madrid Fault – Past, Present and Future

November 2, 2012
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New Madrid, Territory of Missouri, March 22, 1816 Dear Sir, In compliance with your request, I will now give you a history, as full in detail as the limits of the letter will permit, of the late awful visitation of Providence in this place and vicinity.  On the 16th of December, 1811, about two o'clock, A.M., we were visited by a violent...

## Mapping Capabilities in R

November 2, 2012
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From time-to-time creating a basic map of the United States or other parts of the world to complement some statistical analysis is useful to emphasize a point. The maps package in R provide a good way to produce these these maps.  These maps axes are based on latitude and longitude so overlaying other information on

## GGtutorial: Day 5 – Gradient Colors and Brewer Palettes

November 2, 2012
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So, continuing with the short tutorials on how to do relatively simple (but sometimes very frustrating things) in ggplot, today’s post looks at how to use gradient colors and Brewer colors to color either continuous or discrete dependent variab...

## RAppArmor video tutorials: security in R!

November 2, 2012
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Security and R One of the more challenging aspects of OpenCPU is security in R (or lack thereof). This is actually one of the reasons OpenCPU runs on Linux only at this point; other operating systems simply lack superpowers to implement open computing. (Maybe one exception is BSD, for which I lack superpowers). Security is ...

## PrettyR R

November 1, 2012
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When it comes to R blogging I'm a complete newbie. So I'm still struggling with the technical details.Part of the process is prettifying the code snippets. One of the standard ways of doing this involves copy-and-paste-ing the R code into the Pretty R ...

## Data types, part 1: Ways to store variables

November 1, 2012
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I've been alluding to different R data types, or classes, in various posts, so I want to go over them in more detail. This is part 1 of a 3 part series on data types. In this post, I'll describe and give a general overview of useful data types.  I...

## Watch Obama and Romney criss-cross the US

November 1, 2012
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The Washington Post has an interactive graphic showing the rate at which the US presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have visited the various states for campaign rallies and fundraisers. Here's how it looks today: You can clearly see the focus on key swing states like Florida and Ohio, as well as non-competitive (but donor-rich) states like California...

## R in the Press

November 1, 2012
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Here is the list of press reports and news about R Bits (A bog under The New York Times) R you ready for R? by Ashlee Vance Published: January 8, 2009, 1:52 PM The New York Times Data Analysts Captivated by R’s Power by Ashlee Vance Published: January 6, 2009  InfoWorld The BI battle isn’t

## Variable probability Bernoulli outcomes – Fast and Slow

November 1, 2012
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I am working on a project that requires the generation of Bernoulli outcomes. Typically, I would go about this using the built in sample() function like so: This works great and is fast, even for large n. Problem is, I want to generate each sample with its own unique probability. Seems straight forward enough, I

## Correlation: Easy as 1-2-3?

November 1, 2012
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I recently had a task to take a look at some assessment (audit) data. I was assuming, rather hoping for data with a normal distribution and thought it would be a quick case of Pearson correlation between two columns: "Duration" and "Score". Just conjecture at this point as I did not understand what the assessment process

## Upcoming R training by Hadley Wickham: SF Dec 3-4, DC Dec 10-11

November 1, 2012
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(By Hadley Wickham) Hi all, I’d like to let you know about four R training courses that RStudio will be offering in December: * Effective data visualization (http://bit.ly/TY2ONI) Dec 3. San Francisco, CA * Reports and reproducible research (http://bit.ly/RsZmYr) Dec 4. San Francisco, CA * Advanced R programming (http://bit.ly/RvZDsd) Dec 10. Washington, DC * Package development (http://bit.ly/UhTIWz) Dec 11....

## New version of RStudio (v0.97)

November 1, 2012
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Today a new version of RStudio (v0.97) is available for download from our website.  The principal focus of this release was creating comprehensive tools for R package development. We also implemented many other frequently requested enhancements including a new Vim editing mode and a much improved Find and Replace pane. Here’s a summary of what’s