Here are the slides from the Introduction to R session Danny Kaye and I ran at the BPS Mathematics, Statistics & Computing section CPS Workshop (13 December 2010, Nottingham Trent University).

Here are the slides from the Introduction to R session Danny Kaye and I ran at the BPS Mathematics, Statistics & Computing section CPS Workshop (13 December 2010, Nottingham Trent University).

In their book “Complex Adaptive Systems”, authors Miller and Page create a theoretic model for bee attacks, based on the real, flying, honey-making, photogenic stingers. Suppose the hive is threatened by some external creature. Some initial group of guard bees sense the danger and fly off to attack. As they go, they lay down a

The winners of the Mozilla Open Data Visualization competition "How Do People Use Firefox" have been announced. The competition attracted 32 entries, each visualizing an aspect of data collected in the Mozilla Test Pilot program to reveal insights about how people use the popular open-source browser Firefox. I was honoured to be asked to participate in the judging of...

Ratio-of-uniforms This post is based on chapter 1.4.3 of Advanced Markov Chain Monte Carlo. Previous posts on this book can be found via the AMCMC tag. The ratio-of-uniforms was initially developed by Kinderman and Monahan (1977) and can be used for generating random numbers from many standard distributions. Essentially we transform the random variable of

Most of the time I came across now and then in help posts questions regarding the mismatching total count of observations after employing the R functions "table" and "ifelse". This usually creates frustration among fresh/part-time practitioners which e...

Most of the time I came across now and then in help posts questions regarding the mismatching total count of observations after employing the R functions "table" and "ifelse". This usually creates frustration among fresh/part-time practitioners which e...

Thanks to two patches by Murray Stokely, we have a nice new minor release 0.2.2 of RProtoBuf out on CRAN. RProtoBuf provides GNU R bindings for the Google Protobuf data encoding library used and released by Google. The NEWS file entry follows bel...

An announcement for two short-courses on Introduction to Bayesian Analysis and MCMC, and Hierarchical Modelling of Spatial and Temporal Data by Alan Gelfand (Duke University, USA) and Sujit Sahu (University of Southampton, UK), are to take place in Southampton on June 7-10, this year. Course 1: Introduction to Bayesian Analysis and MCMC. Date: June 7,

It is ever so easy to make blunders when doing quantitative finance. Very popular with novices is to analyze prices rather than returns. Regression on the prices When you want returns, you should understand log returns versus simple returns. Here we will be randomly generating our “returns” (with R) and we will act as if … Continue reading...

Hans Rosling popularized Motion Charts -- 2-d scatterplots that animate over time -- with the GapMinder project. Motion Charts were taken to their augmented-reality extreme in this clip from the BBC programme, The Joy of Stats, but now you can create similar (if less audacious) motion charts for yourself with just R and a Flash-enabled browser. First, you'll need...

More starter kit stuff. Up till now, the Emacs Starter Kit for the Social Sciences included ESS, but bundled it with the git repo. A better option would be to have it installed via the package mechanism, like AucTeX is now, but it’s not included. The ELPA system is allows you to specify repositories besides

Here at the Health and Safety Laboratory* we’re big fans of physiologically-based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) models (say that 10 times fast) for predicting concentrations of chemicals around your body based upon an exposure. These models take the form of a big system of ODEs. Because they contain many equations and consequently many parameters (masses of organs

The December 2010 meeting of the Bay Area R Users Group featured Peter Aldhous, San Francisco bureau chief of New Scientist magazine who will give a presentation on "Data-Driven Journalism". From the WikiLeaks War Diaries, to geographical analyses of ...

Gapminder has posted an interesting chart using world development indicators from the World Bank. I thought it would be a good exercise to recreate this chart using R and ggplot2. While playing with the data, not log transforming GDP provides some interesting, and perhaps different, interpretation. The R script and graphics are below. Google Gadget Version library(ggplot2)

In my last sab-R-metrics post, I went over some basics of calling data and creating vectors or new data from those. Here, I want to extend that to full subsets of data and go on to use some of the basic functions in R so that we can begin plotting in the next tutorial.Before I begin, I...

In my last sab-R-metrics post, I went over some basics of calling data and creating vectors or new data from those. Here, I want to extend that to full subsets of data and go on to use some of the basic functions in R so that we can begin plotting in the next tutorial.Before I begin, I...

New in nerdery this week, it’s now a bit easier to install the Emacs Starter Kit for the Social Sciences that I put together (based on lots of great work by Phil Hagelberg and, more recently, Eric Schulte). In the past, the fact that AucTeX was both necessary and had to be compiled locally made

The table function in R is very useful, especially when working with survey data. Often you may have Likert scales for levels of agreement or satisfaction. table() quickly gives the distribution of answers, which can then be used for (bar)plots.However...

The table function in R is very useful, especially when working with survey data. Often you may have Likert scales for levels of agreement or satisfaction. table() quickly gives the distribution of answers, which can then be used for (bar)plots.However...

When using Windows Vista / 7, Windows' User Account Control can be annoying. When is R going to be Windows 7 ready, asking for elevated priviliges only when needed? I guess the problem lies in the structure of packages.Running Rgui.exe "as Administrato...