Mortgage Calculator (and Amortization Charts) with R

November 10, 2010
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Mortgage Calculator (and Amortization Charts) with R

Mortgage rates have been at historic lows recently.  The rates are posted various places online along with simple mortgage calculators.  Such calculators illustrate the payment schedule for a mortgage based upon selected terms. But with less ...

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Mortgage Calculator (and Amortization Charts) with R

November 10, 2010
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Mortgage Calculator (and Amortization Charts) with R

Mortgage rates have been at historic lows recently.  The rates are posted various places online along with simple mortgage calculators.  Such calculators illustrate the payment schedule for a mortgage based upon selected terms. But with less ...

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New ebook: Asian Option Pricing with R/Rmetrics

November 10, 2010
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(This article was first published on Rmetrics blogs, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers) To leave a comment for the author, please follow the link and comment on his blog: Rmetrics blogs. 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, Eclipse, git, hadoop, Web...

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Tell Forbes how you use R

November 10, 2010
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Steve McNally of the Forbes Mean Business blog says R is a name you need to know for 2011. He cites some great examples of R in action: Facebook has used R to figure out that “just two data points are significantly predictive of whether a user remains on Facebook: (i) having more than one session as a new...

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Bayesian estimation with Markov Chain Monte Carlo using PyMC

November 10, 2010
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Prof. Chris Fonnesbeck briefly introduces Bayesian inference, then discusses how to estimate Bayesian models with Markov Chain Monte Carlo using PyMC. PyMC is the premier Python package for doing MCMC estimation, and Prof. Fonnesbeck is one of the pac...

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Quantitative Ecology 2010-11-10 14:56:00

November 10, 2010
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At last... I have been suffering with XEmacs displaying odd characters instead of the quotation marks that are used in R help files. This was driving me up the wall because it makes the files (and R output in general) very hard to read; however, I fina...

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Quantitative Ecology 2010-11-10 14:56:00

November 10, 2010
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At last... I have been suffering with XEmacs displaying odd characters instead of the quotation marks that are used in R help files. This was driving me up the wall because it makes the files (and R output in general) very hard to read; however, I fina...

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Co-authorship Network of SSRN Conflict Studies eJournal

November 10, 2010
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As part of my on-going research simulating network structure using graph motifs I have been collecting novel data sets to test and benchmark the method. Since I am a political scientist studying conflict, it was suggested to me to collect a co-authorship network within this sub-discipline. Such a network is useful for several reasons;

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Generating a quasi Poisson distribution, version 2

November 10, 2010
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Generating a quasi Poisson distribution, version 2

Here and there, I mentioned two codes to generated quasiPoisson random variables. And in both of them, the negative binomial approximation seems to be wrong. Recall that the negative binomial distribution is where and in R, a negative binomial di...

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Don’t be a Turkey

November 9, 2010
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Don’t be a Turkey

'Indeed, I am moving on: my new project is about methods on how to domesticate the unknown, exploit randomness, figure out how to live in a world we don't understand very well. While most human thought (particularly since the enlightenment) has focused us on how to turn knowledge into decisions, my new mission is to...

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Don’t be a Turkey

November 9, 2010
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Don’t be a Turkey

'Indeed, I am moving on: my new project is about methods on how to domesticate the unknown, exploit randomness, figure out how to live in a world we don't understand very well. While most human thought (particularly since the enlightenment) has focused us on how to turn knowledge into decisions, my new mission is to...

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Forecast estimation, evaluation and transformation

November 9, 2010
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Forecast estimation, evaluation and transformation

I’ve had a few emails lately about forecast evaluation and estimation criteria. Here is one I received today, along with some comments. I have a rather simple question regarding the use of MSE as opposed to MAD and MAPE. If the parameters of a time series model are estimated by minimizing MSE, why do we

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Particle learning [rejoinder]

November 9, 2010
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Particle learning [rejoinder]

Following the posting on arXiv of the Statistical Science paper of Carvalho et al., and the publication by the same authors in Bayesian Analysis of Particle Learning for general mixtures I noticed on Hedibert Lopes’ website his rejoinder to the discussion of his Valencia 9 paper has been posted. Since the discussion involved several points

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Any R packages to solve Vehicle Routing Problem?

November 9, 2010
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Any R packages to solve Vehicle Routing Problem?

Are there any R packages to solve Vehicle Routing Problem (VRP)?I looked around but could not find any... Any leads?VRP is a classic combinatorial optimization challenge and has been an active area of research for operations research gurus fo...

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Any R packages to solve Vehicle Routing Problem?

November 9, 2010
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Any R packages to solve Vehicle Routing Problem?

Are there any R packages to solve Vehicle Routing Problem (VRP)?I looked around but could not find any... Any leads?VRP is a classic combinatorial optimization challenge and has been an active area of research for operations research gurus fo...

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R co-creator Ross Ihaka wins Lifetime Achievement Award in Open Source

November 9, 2010
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The co-creator of R, University of Auckland Associate Professor of Statistics Dr. Ross Ihaka, was yesterday awarded the Catalyst Lifetime Achievement in Open Source Award at the 2010 New Zealand Open Source Awards. From the announcement: Dr. Ihaka is one of the originators of the world-renown ‘R’ programming language and software environment for statistical computing and graphics. In 2008...

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Promote your favorite R functions

November 9, 2010
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The 27 base and recommended libraries of the standard R 2.12 distribution together contain 3556 functions (you can check using the code posted after the jump). Many of the functions are commonly used: c, data.frame, rnorm, lm. But some of those functions, while being extremely useful, may be less well known to many R users. Some examples I'd wish...

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New R User Group in Houston

November 9, 2010
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The latest local R user group to form is located in Houston, Texas. The first meeting of the Houston R Users Group is tonight at Rice University (in conjunction with the Houston chapter of the ASA). R hackr (typo intended!) Hadley Wickham will be giving a presentation on writing R packages, and you can check out the slides on...

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Mapping drug war related homicides in 2010

November 9, 2010
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Mapping drug war related homicides in 2010

There have been some very good visualizations of the Wikileaks data so I decided to create one of the drug war in Mexico The above map was made using data collected by Walter McKay, mainly from El Universal and El Diario reports. The data is stored as a Google Map...

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Mapping drug war related homicides in 2010

November 9, 2010
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Mapping drug war related homicides in 2010

There have been some very good visualizations of the Wikileaks data so I decided to create one of the drug war in Mexico The above map was made using data collected by Walter McKay, mainly from El Universal and El Diario reports. The data is stored as a Google Map...

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The ARORA guessing game

November 9, 2010
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The ARORA guessing game

The game ARORA (A random or real array) is a website that gives you two time series at a time. Your job is to guess which series is real market data and which is permuted data.  It’s fun — try it. With some practice you will probably be able to guess which is which well … Continue reading...

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Computational position in Texas

November 8, 2010
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Computational position in Texas

José Bernardo forwaded this announcement that sounds quite attractive (conditional upon living in a remote part of Texas!) Senior Faculty Position in Computational Statistics At Texas A&M University As part of a recognition of the increasing importance in the modeling and computational sciences, the Department of Statistics at Texas A&M University is recruiting for a

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Using R and Hadoop to analyze VOIP data

November 8, 2010
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Last month, the newest member of Revolution's engineering team, Saptarshi Guha, gave a presentation at Hadoop World 2010 on using R and Hadoop to analyze 1.3 billion voice-over-IP packets to identify calls and measure call quality. Saptarshi, of course, is the author of RHIPE, which lets R programmers write map-reduce algorithms in the Hadoop framework without needing to learn...

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The Dataists answer your questions

November 8, 2010
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The fine bloggers (and R experts) at the Dataists have volunteered to answer questions about data analysis on Reddit: A few months ago, a group of likeminded folks in New York and the San Francisco Bay area decided it was time to start a blog about data, and we can up with the Dataists. Since then we thought about...

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Example 8.13: Bike ride plot, part 2

November 8, 2010
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Example 8.13: Bike ride plot, part 2

Before explaining how to make and interpret the plot above, Nick and I want to make a plea for questions--it's hard to come up with useful questions to explore each week!As shown in Example 8.12, data from the Cyclemeter app can be used to make interes...

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The NYC Marathon

November 8, 2010
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The NYC Marathon

New York’s annual marathon took place yesterday. Watching a bit of it on television with my friends, I was struck by the much earlier starting time for women than men. Specifically, professional women started running yesterday at 9:10 AM, while professional men start running at 9:40 AM. (This information comes from the runner’s handbook.) I

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R Beginner’s Guide Book Update: Statistical Analysis with R Released

November 8, 2010
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R Beginner’s Guide Book Update: Statistical Analysis with R Released

In the final days of October, my beginner's guide to R was released. The book's official title is Statistical Analysis with R and it can be found on the Packt Publishing website. The primary focus of Statistical Analysis with R is helping new users bec...

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R Beginner’s Guide Book Update: Statistical Analysis with R Released

November 8, 2010
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R Beginner’s Guide Book Update: Statistical Analysis with R Released

In the final days of October, my beginner's guide to R was released. The book's official title is Statistical Analysis with R and it can be found on the Packt Publishing website. The primary focus of Statistical Analysis with R is helping new users bec...

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A R wrapper for Google Prediction API

November 8, 2010
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A R wrapper for Google Prediction API

Since I got the chance to access to both Google Storage for Developers and Google Prediction API (more details here and here), I decided to create a simple wrapper (just 4 basic functions until now) to be capable to play with the Google Prediction API ...

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