R & Rapidminer tutorial

October 23, 2010
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R & Rapidminer tutorial

  You can see in the following video a simple tutorial of Rapidminer R plugin Rapidminer R extension tutorial   via: neuralmarkettrends.

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R & Rapidminer tutorial

October 23, 2010
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R & Rapidminer tutorial

  You can see in the following video a simple tutorial of Rapidminer R plugin Rapidminer R extension tutorial   via: neuralmarkettrends.

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Google slides

October 22, 2010
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Last stop on my World tour was Google headquarters in Mountain View, California, where Dirk and I presented Rcpp, RInside, RProtoBuf, etc ... for 90 minutes today. The talk was recorded, and will be broadcasted on youtube at some point. In the mean...

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Bayesian Diabetes Projections by CDC

October 22, 2010
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Bayesian Diabetes Projections by CDC

Bayesian methods are supporting decisions and news at the national level! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention summarizes a report published in the journal Population Health Metrics. The news also made it to the national media. The report (JP Boyle, TJ Thompson, EW Gregg, LE Barker, and DF Williamson (2010) “Projection of the year

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Help! My model fits too well!

October 22, 2010
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Help! My model fits too well!

This is sort-of related to my sidelined study of graph algebra. I was thinking about data I could apply a first-order linear difference model to, and the stock market came to mind. After all, despite some black swan sized shocks, what better predicts a day’s closing than the previous day’s closing? So,

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Because it’s Friday: Arthur C Clarke predicts the present

October 22, 2010
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On the BBC Horizon programme in 1964, Arthur C Clarke made some predictions about the future. He prefaced his predictions with the following caveat: If, by some miracle, a prophet could describe the future exactly as it was going to take place, his predictions would sound so absurd, so farfetched, that everybody would laugh him to scorn. So what...

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Incremental improvements to Nightlights mapping thanks to R-Bloggers

October 22, 2010
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Incremental improvements to Nightlights mapping thanks to R-Bloggers

The R community is very generous and collaborative. This post walks through the suggestions left by commenters to my previous post on Steve Mosher's Nightlights work, and show the resulting much-improved output.

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A workflow for R

October 22, 2010
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Writing an R script is one thing. Organizing your process: where to put the data, how to refer to files in scripts, how to run the scripts, and how to produce and collect and report the results; that's quite another. Every R user has their own workflow for doing data analysis with R, but the best workflows achieve the...

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Creating even NICER, publishable, embeddable plots using tikzDevice in R for use with LaTeX

October 22, 2010
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Creating even NICER, publishable, embeddable plots using tikzDevice in R for use with LaTeX

It’s true. I like to do my work in R and write using LaTeX (well, I prefer to use org-mode for less formal writing and/or if I don’t have to typeset a lot of math). I haven’t done a lot of LaTeX’ing or Sweaving in the last year since 1) I’ve been collaborating with scientists... Read more »

For a wider use of R

October 22, 2010
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Two things that are crucial for a wider use of R among applied researchers. The first one is data manipulation/reshaping tool. I think the package "reshape" and "reshape2" have done good job and have largely removed the barrier. The second one is ...

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For a wider use of R

October 22, 2010
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Two things that are crucial for a wider use of R among applied researchers. The first one is data manipulation/reshaping tool. I think the package "reshape" and "reshape2" have done good job and have largely removed the barrier. The second one is ...

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How to avoid annoying a referee

October 22, 2010
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It’s not a good idea to annoy the referees of your paper. They make recommendations to the editor about your work and it is best to keep them happy. There is an interesting discussion on stats.stackexchange.com on this subject. This inspired my own list below. Explain what you’ve done clearly, avoiding unnecessary jargon. Don’t claim

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abc

October 21, 2010
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abc

Michael Blum and Olivier François, along with Katalin Csillery, just released an R package entitled abc. (I am surprised the name was not already registered!) Its aim is obviously to implement ABC approximations for Bayesian inference: Description The ’abc’ package provides various functions for parameter estimation and model selection in an ABC framework. Three main

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Promising R Packages

October 21, 2010
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As a quick note, here are two R packages that were mentioned to me recently and that look promising: reldist and mixtools.

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vecLib: Why Mac users are better off with Open Source R

October 21, 2010
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vecLib: Why Mac users are better off with Open Source R

Thanks to its use of Apple's vecLib for BLAS, LAPACK and related functions, the open source distribution of R performs many matrix calculations 2-10X faster than Revolution Analytics Community edition on Mac OS X systems.

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R is Hot: Part 3

October 21, 2010
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This is Part 3 of a five-part article series, with new parts published each Thursday. You can download the complete article from the Revolution Analytics website. Power from Elegance If the R movement has a genuine rock star, it’s probably Hadley Wickham. He’s an assistant professor and the Dobelman Family Junior Chair in Statistics at Rice University. He’s written...

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Chicago R Meetup slides

October 21, 2010
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Second stop of my world tour was chicago yesterday night, where I presented a quick light review of various ways to represent objects in R: lexical scoping, S3, S4, the new reference classes and also with C++ using Rcpp modules or RProtoBuf My sli...

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Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar

October 21, 2010
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Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar

There is a lot of hype in media about Ponting's best days being behind him. While he's rebuilding a fresh Aussie team, everyone is putting more pressure on him by comparing his performance with Tendulkar's. Leave him alone!We have the privilege of watc...

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Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar

October 21, 2010
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Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar

There is a lot of hype in media about Ponting's best days being behind him. While he's rebuilding a fresh Aussie team, everyone is putting more pressure on him by comparing his performance with Tendulkar's. Leave him alone!We have the privilege of watc...

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What’s that 5km from the station “location”

October 21, 2010
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What’s that 5km from the station “location”

In our last installment we looked at stations which were pitch black. The case I examined, Middlesboro Kentucky illustrated 1. The station location data used by Hansen2010 has inaccuracies. 2. While the purported station location was pitch dark, nearby within a couple 1/100ths of a degree there were urban lights. What this example illustrated was

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Finding presence data for species distribution modelling (SDM)

October 20, 2010
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Finding presence data for species distribution modelling (SDM)

Getting presence data of species is often not easy and can be a major obstacle when attempting to model the distribution of species. One way is using the GBIF data base. Here I show one way how to obtain presence … Continue reading →

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Installing rJava on Ubuntu

October 20, 2010
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Installing rJava on Ubuntu

I had some troubles installing rJava on Ubuntu. The easiest solution I found was installing from the command line using: Then it worked without any problems.

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The "tikzDevice" package

October 20, 2010
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The "tikzDevice" package

The tikzDevice package is quite amazing. Here are two graphs I just made, with (lower) and without (upper) using the tikzDevice package. The difference in quality is huge.Since the LaTeX source file for the figure is quite large in size and may take si...

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The "tikzDevice" package

October 20, 2010
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The "tikzDevice" package

The tikzDevice package is quite amazing. Here are two graphs I just made, with (lower) and without (upper) using the tikzDevice package. The difference in quality is huge.Since the LaTeX source file for the figure is quite large in size and may take si...

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The 2009 homicide data for Chihuahua has been updated

October 20, 2010
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The 2009 homicide data for Chihuahua has been updated

As I described in this post, the reported number of homicides in Chihuahua during 2009 turned out to be incomplete. Guess what? The SNSP just released an updated version of the homicide data, and Chihuahua went from having 2,523 homicides to 3,156. My estimate was 3,256, so I came pretty...

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The 2009 homicide data for Chihuahua has been updated

October 20, 2010
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The 2009 homicide data for Chihuahua has been updated

As I described in this post, the reported number of homicides in Chihuahua during 2009 turned out to be incomplete. Guess what? The SNSP just released an updated version of the homicide data, and Chihuahua went from having 2,523 homicides to 3,156. My estimate was 3,256, so I came pretty...

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R Links for the Beginner on World Statistics Day

October 20, 2010
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In honor of the first World Statistics Day I thought I would share some of my favorite R links.  R is a free software statistical computing environment for performing all sorts of data and mathematical manipulation.Introduction and TutorialsR Tuto...

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R Links for the Beginner on World Statistics Day

October 20, 2010
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In honor of the first World Statistics Day I thought I would share some of my favorite R links.  R is a free software statistical computing environment for performing all sorts of data and mathematical manipulation.Introduction and TutorialsR Tuto...

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Hold on to your hats: it’s World Statistics Day!

October 20, 2010
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Apparently today is the first ever World Statistics Day. I only knew about it because I'd seen a couple of passing references to it from the stats folks I follow on Twitter. But I guess this UN-sponsored event is a big deal, judging from the official website: The celebration of the World Statistics Day will acknowledge the service provided...

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