THIS IS NOT INVESTMENT ADVICE. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN GAINS AND LOSSES. The Fed is on a roll adding BAC ML Bond Indicies and now complete history for the four primary Dow Jones Indexes, so I wanted to extend my first post Long XLU Shor...

I was browsing through the draft abstract booklet for this year's worldwide R user conference useR! 2011, and noticed this abstract: KinectR – Kinect interface to R Landon Jensen Microsoft launched the Kinect for Xbox 360 in late 2010 and it quickly broke records as the fastest selling consumer electronics device in history (8 million units sold in the...

In a previous post I introduced the following game: Suppose you play the following game: Someone holds a set of cards with the numbers {1,2,…,N} in random order, opens up the first card and asks if the next card is greater or smaller. Every time you predict correctly, you get one point, while every wrong

Recently I found a post at FlowingData with a detailed tutorial to map connections with great circles with R. The tutorial of FlowingData is excellent, but I feel more comfortable with the sp classes and methods, and with the lattice and latticeExtra packages. Besides, I want to use the free spatial data available from the

10. Can't crack that hard Sudoku problem?? Use R!9. Want to pick a skill that will give you an early adopter advantage?? Learn R! It is the leading open source statistical and data analysis programming language, and is heating up! 8. Need to ...

10. Can't crack that hard Sudoku problem?? Use R!9. Want to pick a skill that will give you an early adopter advantage?? Learn R! It is the leading open source statistical and data analysis programming language, and is heating up! 8. Need to ...

If your WordPress blog is hosted at WordPress.com (like this one), you may know that source code in posts is formatted and highlighted using a shortcode, as explained here. Until recently, R was not on the list of supported languages (neither was Perl), but I noticed today that both of them are now supported. This

It is possible to show that the square root of two can be expressed as an infinite continued fraction. √ 2 = 1 + 1/(2 + 1/(2 + 1/(2 + … ))) = 1.414213… By expanding this for the first four iterations, we get: Read More: 547 Words Totally

Some years ago, Google discovered that when people are concerned about influenza, they search for flu-related information and that to some extent, search traffic is an indicator of flu activity. Google Flu Trends was born. Illness is sweeping through our department this week and I have succumbed. It’s not flu but at one point, I

Here are a few more plotting options for boxplots: Let’s start plotting the full set plot(b$mod, b$x) Plot labels for a subset in full set plot (label all points x < -1) text(subset(b$mod, b$x < -1), subset(b$x, b$x < -1), … Continue reading →

Hadley Wickham, the Rice professor and prolific R hacker best known as the author of the ggplot2 graphics package, will be coming to San Francisco June 8-9 to deliver his new R Development Master Class (in conjunction with Revolution Analytics). This course will build on the skills of basic R programmers with instruction in advanced R programming techniques, development...

Coercing variables of character and numeric type into a single dataframe yields all vectors to be defined as factors all <- data.frame(cbind(site, year, model, x, y, z)) The following converts selected variables from “factor” back to “numeric” all$x <- as.numeric(x) … Continue reading →

PDQ is a library of functions that helps you to express and solve performance questions about computer systems using the abstraction of queues. The queueing paradigm is a natural choice because, whether big (a web site) or small (a laptop), all computer systems can be represented as a network or circuit of buffers and a buffer is a...

Pete Warden's Data Science Toolkit (which we mentioned briefly last week) is an open-source information server that provides an API you can query for information useful for building data science applications, like identifying proper names in unstructured text, or converting IP addresses to lat/long coordinates. You can make queries via the Web interface or by direct interface to the...

RStudio is a graphical user interface for R. Or as the developers put it. RStudio™ is a new integrated development environment (IDE) for R. RStudio combines an intuitive user interface with powerful coding tools to help you get the most out of R. While there have been a few projects (e.g. RCommander, RkWard, JaguaR)

The FrF2 package for R can be used to create regular and non-regular Fractional Factorial 2-level designs. It is reasonably straightforward to use. First step is to install the package then make it available for use in the current session: require(FrF2) A basic call to the main functino FrF2 specifies the number of runs in