The 2011 R/Finance conference has an updated call for papers. Dirk Eddelbuettel announced it to the R-SIG-Finance mailing list. I've reproduced his email in its entirety below. Let me know if you plan on attending.Subject: R/Finance 2...

The 2011 R/Finance conference has an updated call for papers. Dirk Eddelbuettel announced it to the R-SIG-Finance mailing list. I've reproduced his email in its entirety below. Let me know if you plan on attending.Subject: R/Finance 2...

The 2011 R/Finance conference has an updated call for papers. Dirk Eddelbuettel announced it to the R-SIG-Finance mailing list. I've reproduced his email in its entirety below. Let me know if you plan on attending.Subject: R/Finance 2...

There is this beautiful graph created by the facebook intern Paul Butler showing all (?) connections between facebook accounts: Paul’s article is called “Visualizing Friendships“, which I would more call “Visualizing connections between facebook accounts”, but that is probably a different matter. Although this is a beautiful piece of artwork, from a statistical point of

A couple people pointed me to this recent news article which discusses "why, beyond middle age, people get happier as they get older." Here's the story: When people start out on adult life, they are, on average, pretty cheerful. Things... ...

I have been simulating a lot of data lately with various covariance (correlation) structures, and one that I have been using is the autocorrelation (or autoregressive) structure, where there is a “lag” between variables. The matrix is a v-dimension matrix of the form $$\begin{bmatrix} 1 & \rho & \rho^2 & \dots & \rho^{v-1}\\ \rho &

A big puzzle for archaeologists is why stone age culture lasted as long as it did (from approximately 2.5 millions years ago until the start of the copper age around 6.3 thousand years ago). Given the range of innovation rates seen in various cultures through-out human history a much shorter stone age is to be

The text below went out as a post to the r-packages list a few days ago, but I thought it would make sense to post it on the blog too. So with a little html markup... Summary Version 0.9.0 of the Rcpp package is now on CRAN and its mirrors. Thi...

My goal is to develop a means of detecting chromosome bias from a human BAM file.Because I've been working with proprietary and novel plant genomes for the last three years, I haven't had the chance to use any of the awesome UCSC-based annotational features that have been introduced and refined in Bioconductor until now. I've returned to biomedical research...

There was a small earthquake in northern England on Tuesday. Barry Rowlingson felt the quake (it rattled the photographs on his wall), but didn't know how big of a quake it was because he didn't know how close he was to the epicentre. The British Geological Survey hadn't yet announced the quake, but did give access to seismograph readings,...

I've recently praised some mainstream media outlets like the New York Times and New Scientist for leading the charge on data journalism. But you don't need to be a large organization to find news in data. With open data sources, and open-source data analysis tools, individuals can make newsworthy discoveries. Diego Valle-Jones has been investigating the impact of the...

http://projecteuler.net/index.php?section=problems&id=187 A composite is a number containing at least two prime factors. For example, 15 = 3 × 5; 9 = 3 × 3; 12 = 2 × 2 × 3. There are ten composites below thirty containing precisely two, not necessarily distinct, prime factors: 4, 6, 9, 10, 14, 15, 21, 22, 25, 26. Read...

http://projecteuler.net/index.php?section=problems&id=187 A composite is a number containing at least two prime factors. For example, 15 = 3 × 5; 9 = 3 × 3; 12 = 2 × 2 × 3. There are ten composites below thirty containing precisely two, not necessarily distinct, prime factors: 4, 6, 9, 10, 14, 15, 21, 22, 25, 26. Read...

I've written before about how I couldn't find the Acteal Massacre in the homicide database available at the INEGI. So I decided to check if the deaths that occurred as a consequence of the massacre were misclassified as other types of violent death, and indeed they were. In the municipality of Chenalhó,...

The December 20 issue of Forbes magazine, on newsstands now, includes a column about R on page 128 as part of the "Name You Need to Know in 2011" feature. It's basically an excerpt from this blog post by Steve McNally and its comments, and includes quotes from Norman Nie of Revolution Analytics, Bill Alpert of Barron's, and Brandon...

It is well-known that R has several graphics devices — either the screen devices (X11(), windows(), …) or the off-screen devices (pdf(), png(), …). We can query the default graphics device in options(): getOption('device') In a non-interactive session, the default device is pdf(). This is why Sweave has to create a file named Rplots.pdf no

I haven't devoted any time/effort/code to the extraction and parameter estimation of arterial input functions (AIFs) for DCE-MRI in either the vignette or the submission to JSS. Frankly, I wanted to communicate the main features of the R package dcemriS4 and data-driven AIFs just haven't made the list... up 'til now. So let's assume one wants to fit...

A new version of our RcppExamples, package is now on CRAN. RcppExamples contains a few illustrations of how to use Rcpp. It grew out of documentation for the classic API (now in its own package RcppClassic) and we added more functions documenting...

It is well-known that R has several graphics devices -- either the screen devices (X11(), windows(), ...) or the off-screen devices (pdf(), png(), ...). We can query the default graphics device in options(): getOption('device') In a non-in...

Journal Clubs are a great way to learn new research ideas and to keep up with the literature. The idea is that a group of people get together every week or so to discuss a paper of joint interest. This can happen within your own research group or department, or virtually online. There is now

Pierre Jacob and I got this email from a student about our parallel Rao-Blackwellisation paper. Here are some parts of the questions and our answer: Although I understand how the strategy proposed in the paper helps in variance reduction, I do not understand why you set b=1 (mentioned in Section 3.2) and why it plays