R Workflow: Melbourne R Users Dec 1st 2010

December 18, 2010
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R Workflow: Melbourne R Users Dec 1st 2010

Melbourne R Users Group December 1st 2010 Meeting (Meetup page). 1. “What my R code looks and feels like (Vanilla)” by Geoff Robinson The other talk from the session was by Geoff Robinson who discussed several useful strategies for working … Continue reading →

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Visualizing Facebook Friends: Eye Candy in R

December 18, 2010
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Visualizing Facebook Friends: Eye Candy in R

Earlier this week I published a data visualization on the Facebook Engineering blog which, to my surprise, has received a lot of media covereage. I’ve received a lot comments about the image, many asking for more details on how I … Continue reading →

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ASReml-R: Storing A inverse as a sparse matrix

December 18, 2010
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I was testing ASReml-R program (an R package that links propriety ASReml binaries that can be used only with valid licence) this week and had to do some manipulations with the numerator relationship matrix (A). ASReml-R provides a function (asreml.Ainverse) that can create inverse of A directly from the pedigree as this inverse is needed in pedigree based...

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ASReml-R: Storing A inverse as a sparse matrix

December 18, 2010
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I was testing ASReml-R program (an R package that links propriety ASReml binaries that can be used only with valid licence) this week and had to do some manipulations with the numerator relationship matrix (A). ASReml-R provides a function (asreml.Ainverse) that can create inverse of A directly from the pedigree as this inverse is needed in pedigree based...

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In The Wild: rApache 1.1.13 in Ubuntu and Source

December 18, 2010
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In The Wild: rApache 1.1.13 in Ubuntu and Source

I rolled a new released eight days ago, but tumblr was down and I forgot to post. Then yesterday I remembered again, but then tumblr was down again. Doh! You can get rApache 1.1.13 from here in source form or learn about how to get it here in binary f...

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Introduction to ESS: talk and slides

December 17, 2010
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We had another meeting of the Chicago R User Group last evening. This was scheduled somewhat belatedly once we learned that Drew Conway would be in town. Drew gave a very nice talk about his brand new infochimps package (for accessing the eponymous i...

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Introduction to ESS: talk and slides

December 17, 2010
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We had another meeting of the Chicago R User Group last evening. This was scheduled somewhat belatedly once we learned that Drew Conway would be in town. Drew gave a very nice talk about his brand new infochimps package (for accessing the eponymous i...

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Joe West vs. Bruce Froemming: A Crude Umpire LHB/RHB Bias Comparison

December 17, 2010
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Joe West vs. Bruce Froemming: A Crude Umpire LHB/RHB Bias Comparison

In my last two posts, I have tinkered with the 'gam' package to create heat maps for individual umpire strike zones. I went ahead and grabbed Joe West's data (which has a lot more pitches than Bruce Froemming in it, since Froemming's data is only from...

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In case you missed it: November Roundup

December 17, 2010
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In case you missed them, here are some articles from November of particular interest to R users. Dirk Eddelbuettel and Romain Francois went to Google to talk about integrating R (using Rcpp, for example), and we gave a review of the video presentation. R co-creator Ross Ihaka wins a Lifetime Achievement Award in Open Source. Revolution has job openings...

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Programming languages, ranked by popularity

December 17, 2010
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Programming languages, ranked by popularity

In a presentation to the Chicago R User Group last night, Drew Conway used his new Infochimps package in R to assess the relative popularity of programming languages. Drew used the word.stats function in the Infochimps package to count the frequency of common computer languages mentioned in Twitter messages, and displayed the results in this bar chart: It's not...

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World Bank data plots – Take 2

December 17, 2010
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World Bank data plots – Take 2

A few months ago, I created World Bank plots and compiled the images on Flickr to share it online. Recently I came across Mark's post to create animated images in R and it inspired me to re-create my World Bank plots as animated images. ...

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World Bank data plots – Take 2

December 17, 2010
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World Bank data plots – Take 2

A few months ago, I created World Bank plots and compiled the images on Flickr to share it online. Recently I came across Mark's post to create animated images in R and it inspired me to re-create my World Bank plots as animated images. ...

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Why use R

December 16, 2010
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Why use R

Here's a link to a blog that lists some reasons to use Rhttp://blog.fosstrading.com/2010/12/why-use-r.html

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Disas-tea-R at dawn

December 16, 2010
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Disas-tea-R at dawn

This was bound to happen sooner or later, given my addiction to tea and sleepless nights, so I eventually managed to spill a cup of tea over my Mac… I had been working for a few hours in my hotel room in Philadelphia, completing an ABC paper with Jean-Michel Marin and Robin Ryder. We had

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Issues of R Client Library For The Google Prediction API

December 16, 2010
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The Google Prediction API is a black-box system for building predictive models, it provides pattern-matching and machine learning capabilities. So Google algorithms automatically creates a model from the training models given a set of training data and makes prediction under this model given a set of explanatory variables, read http://code.google.com/apis/predict/docs/getting-started.html for an overview. I am eager...

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R 2.12.1 is out

December 16, 2010
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As promised, the latest patch to R is out with the release of R 2.12.1, as announced today by the R Core Team. If you build R yourself, sources are available now at your local CRAN mirror, and binaries for Windows, Mac and Linux will be available in the next few days. There are a few new features: The...

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Tennis and risk management

December 16, 2010
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Tennis and risk management

As mentioned already here, while we were going to Québec City for the workshop, we had interesting discussions in the car, and Maciej mentioned an article recently published in The Actuary, Hence, I wanted to discuss (extremely) rare event probabi...

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Where to find good data sets

December 16, 2010
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O'Reilly Media has been a big advocate of Open Data and believes that is where a lot of computing is going to be headed in the future.  I think they are definitely on to something.  Yet the future could be now.  There is a lot of opportu...

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Where to find good data sets

December 16, 2010
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O'Reilly Media has been a big advocate of Open Data and believes that is where a lot of computing is going to be headed in the future.  I think they are definitely on to something.  Yet the future could be now.  There is a lot of opportu...

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Area plots unmasked

December 15, 2010
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Area plots unmasked

RESULTS OF THE GREAT AREA PLOT QUIZ If you are the type of reader who remembers things from last week, you may remember the great area plot quiz we had running. This week, we are excited to announce that the results are in. The plot above shows answers to the four questions. The correct answers

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Value of an R object in an expression

December 15, 2010
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Value of an R object in an expression

Just wanted to create an expression, existing of some mathematical annotation and a value of an R object. Wasn't that intuitive!

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Data Driven Journalism

December 15, 2010
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Last night at the Bay Area UseR Group meeting, Peter Aldhous, San Francisco Bureau Chief of New Scientist Magazine, gave an inspiring presentation about Data Driven Journalism. Even though the newspaper industry is faltering as a business model, there's a beacon of light: journalists can be the driving force behind bringing the meaning in the huge data sets that...

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Databases (SQL, noSQL); Interfacing R with Excel

December 15, 2010
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Databases (SQL, noSQL); Interfacing R with Excel

Los Angeles R users group Dec. 14 2010 meeting (see meetup info here): 1. A SQL primer for R users – Neal Fultz Video and slides will be available soon 2. R Database Access – Shrikrishna Bhogaonker 3. NoSQL data … Continue reading →

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I really need to find hot (and sexy) topics

December 15, 2010
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I really need to find hot (and sexy) topics

50 days ago (here), I was supposed to be very optimistic about the probability that I could reach a million viewed pages on that blog (over a bit more than two years). Unfortunately, the wind has changed and today, the probability is quite low... ...

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Customizing Maps in R: spplot() and latticeExtra functions

December 15, 2010
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Customizing Maps in R: spplot() and latticeExtra functions

I recently noticed the new latticeExtra page on R-forge, which contains many very interesting demos of new lattice-related functionality. There are strong opinions about the "best" graphics system in R (base graphics, grid graphics, lattice, ggplot, et...

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Examples for infochimps Package, and Intro Slides

December 15, 2010
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Examples for infochimps Package, and Intro Slides

Tomorrow I am headed out of town for a few weeks, so posting will be lighter than the usual lightness. My first stop is Chicago, and tomorrow night I will be speaking about my R package for the infochimps API at the Chicago R Users Group. If you are in the Chicagoland area and

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Why Use R?

December 14, 2010
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I use R very frequently and take for granted much that it has to offer.  I forget how R is different from similar tools, so I have trouble communicating the benefits of using R.  The goal of this post is to highlight R's main strengths, but first... my story.How I got started with RI was introduced...

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Why Use R?

December 14, 2010
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I use R very frequently and take for granted much that it has to offer.  I forget how R is different from similar tools, so I have trouble communicating the benefits of using R.  The goal of this post is to highlight R's main strengths, but first... my story.How I got started with RI was introduced...

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Facebook’s Social Network Graph

December 14, 2010
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Facebook’s Social Network Graph

Paul Butler, an intern on Facebook’s data infrastructure engineering team, was interested in visualizing the "locality of friendship". Luckily, he has some great data to work with: Facebook's social network of the friendships between its 500 million members. But visualizing that much data can be a challenge in its own right -- it takes skill to draw meaning from...

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