RProtoBuf 0.2.1

October 18, 2010
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A fresh minor release of RProtoBuf, now at version 0.2.1, has appeared earlier today on CRAN. RProtoBuf provides GNU R bindings for the Google Protobuf data encoding library used and released by Google. This releases extends the recent 0.2.0 re...

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More Graphics with Google earth

October 18, 2010
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More Graphics with Google earth

Dr. Paul, R graphics guru, blessed us with his rendition of transparent contour maps drawn on a google earth image: Cool stuff. I’ll be taking his code and turning it into a function and sharing it back: here is the picture his code creates: That is just plain slick.  While I was looking over his

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Cramer’s Stock Pick Recommendations Analyzed (Part II)

October 18, 2010
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Cramer’s Stock Pick Recommendations Analyzed (Part II)

     This is the second post (previous one here) that provides an analysis of Cramer's stock recommendations based upon the Mad Money Stock Screener as of 10/15/2010.Recommendations by SegmentAs mentioned in the previous post, ...

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Cramer’s Stock Pick Recommendations Analyzed (Part II)

October 18, 2010
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Cramer’s Stock Pick Recommendations Analyzed (Part II)

     This is the second post (previous one here) that provides an analysis of Cramer's stock recommendations based upon the Mad Money Stock Screener as of 10/15/2010.Recommendations by SegmentAs mentioned in the previous post, ...

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The curious case of Oct-Jan NG spreads

October 18, 2010
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The curious case of Oct-Jan NG spreads

Winners of 2010 ggplot2 case study competition

October 18, 2010
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Winners of 2010 ggplot2 case study competition

The winners of this year's ggplot2 case study competition have been announced. I was honoured to be asked to be a judge of the competition this year, but it was a difficult job with so many excellent entries. In the end, the judging panel (which included Heike Hoffman and Hadley Wickham and me) selected three entries which each demonstrated...

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New Housedata release with October 2010 filings.

October 18, 2010
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The latest Offensive Politics Housedata file has been released. This file covers 51,463 individual electronic FEC filings for US House committees from 2001 to 10/18/2010.

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Welcome Rumpel!

October 18, 2010
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Ladies and gentlemen, waiting is finally over. I'm proud to introduce Rumpel!

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The BMS Add-ons Section

October 18, 2010
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This section will be updated irregularly with pages on applications of BMS. It intends to concentrate on two things: Some add-on code to extend the functionality of BMS in a certain direction, such as e.g. BMA and spatial filtering Usage of BMS to re...

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Fast matrix multiplication in R: Strassen’s algorithm

October 18, 2010
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I tried to implement the Strassen's algorithm for big matrices multiplication in R.Here I present a pdf with some theory element, some example and a possible solution in R.I'm not a programmer, so the function is not optimize, but it works.I want to th...

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Fast matrix multiplication in R: Strassen’s algorithm

October 18, 2010
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I tried to implement the Strassen's algorithm for big matrices multiplication in R.Here I present a pdf with some theory element, some example and a possible solution in R.I'm not a programmer, so the function is not optimize, but it works.I want to th...

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American TV does cointegration

October 18, 2010
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American TV does cointegration

Fringe provides an excellent example of cointegration.  This is a television show in which there are two adjacent universes.  The universes are almost alike but not exactly. Now, everyone knows that history is chaotic.  If a butterfly does an extra flap of its wings, then that difference spreads out to change subsequent events everywhere.  But … Continue reading...

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Giss Nightlights Replicated

October 18, 2010
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Giss Nightlights Replicated

UPDATE: holy open source to the rescue. I posted a question yesterday on a idea peter had. Transaprency for overlaying light maps onto google maps. reminds me of the old Quake days. Well, I know John Carmack, John is an old friend of mine, but I’m no John Carmack. Neither am I Dr Paul Murrell.

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On the Gory Loops in R

October 17, 2010
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his blog post is mainly for Stat 579 students on the homework for week 7, since I received too many “gory” loops in the homework submissions and I think it would help a bit to write my thoughts on R loops for beginners. The immortal motto for newbies in programming is: If you want to

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Getting arm and lme4 running on the Mac

October 17, 2010
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Our "arm" package in R requires Doug Bates's "lme4" which fits multilevel models. lme4 is currently having some problems on the Mac. But installation on the Mac can be done; it just takes a bit of work. I have two...

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Generating graphs of retweets and @-messages on Twitter using R and Gephi

October 17, 2010
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Generating graphs of retweets and @-messages on Twitter using R and Gephi

After recently discovering the excellent methods section on mappingonlinepublics.net, I decided it was time to document my own approach to Twitter data. I’ve been messing around with R and igraph for a while, but it wasn’t until I discovered Gephi that things really moved forward. R/igraph are great for preprocessing the data (not sure how

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Le Monde puzzle [41]

October 17, 2010
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Le Monde puzzle [41]

The current puzzle in Le Monde this week is again about prime numbers: The control key on a credit card is an integer η(a) associated with the card number a such that, if the card number is c=ab, its key η(c) satisfies η(c)=η(a)+η(b)-1. There is only one number with a key equal to 1 and

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R-bloggers for other languages – wanna join?

October 17, 2010
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R-bloggers for other languages – wanna join?

Hello everyone. Recently I’ve been toying with the idea of extending R-bloggers to other languages then English.  After running some checks, I believe it is possible to do (under a sub website inside R-bloggers.com), where people would be able to follow R content on a “language category” of their choosing. Such a project could help map out all the...

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RPostgreSQL 0.1-7

October 17, 2010
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After a somewhat long hiatus, RPostgreSQL version 0.1-7 has now been released to CRAN. RPostgreSQL connects R to PostgreSQL database systems using the standard DBI interface. This version fixes a number of issues that had been compiled in the issu...

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Boundary conditions Dominate

October 16, 2010
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Boundary conditions Dominate

In part 1 and part 2 we went over the background of nightlights and the fundamental problem: Station inventory data had errors in it: In Hansen 2010, Hansen writes: “ Station location in the meteorological data records is provided with a resolution of 0.01 degrees of latitude and longitude, corresponding to a distance of about 1

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2010 ggplot2 Case Study Competition Winners

October 16, 2010
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The 2010 ggplot2 Case Study Competition Winners have been announced!  Congratulations to the winners!Grand Prize: David Kahle, Rice UniversityFinalist: Michael Lavine, UMass Amherst Finalist: Claudia Beleites, TU Dresden & Uni....

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2010 ggplot2 Case Study Competition Winners

October 16, 2010
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The 2010 ggplot2 Case Study Competition Winners have been announced!  Congratulations to the winners!Grand Prize: David Kahle, Rice UniversityFinalist: Michael Lavine, UMass Amherst Finalist: Claudia Beleites, TU Dresden & Uni....

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Accuracy in Inventories and Nightlights Part II

October 16, 2010
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Accuracy in Inventories and Nightlights Part II

In part 1 we discussed UHI in a general way and introduced NASA’s use of nightlights to identify Rural, periurban and Urban stations. Very simply, the latitude and longitude data in the station inventory is used to look up at radiance value in the nightlights file. If that value is  10 or less, the site

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Benoît B Mandelbrot, 1924-2010

October 16, 2010
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Benoît Mandelbrot, the father of fractals, died Thursday at the age of 85. His obituary in the New York Times covers his life and work, and is also a well-written introduction to fractals. Mandelbrot's famous book, The Fractal Geometry of Nature, was an inspiration to me in high school: that a simple question like "How Long Is The Coast...

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Cramer’s Stock Pick Recommendations Analyzed

October 16, 2010
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Cramer’s Stock Pick Recommendations Analyzed

Bill Alpert of Barron’s has demonstrated the use of R in financial journalism as he criticized the performance of Jim Cramer’s stock picks.  Patrick Burns was an advisor for the analysis done in the article.  R was an important tool that allowed them to do their research as indicated by Burns in his...

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Cramer’s Stock Pick Recommendations Analyzed

October 16, 2010
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Cramer’s Stock Pick Recommendations Analyzed

Bill Alpert of Barron’s has demonstrated the use of R in financial journalism as he criticized the performance of Jim Cramer’s stock picks.  Patrick Burns was an advisor for the analysis done in the article.  R was an important tool that allowed them to do their research as indicated by Burns in his...

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RcppArmadillo 0.2.8

October 16, 2010
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Version 0.2.8 of RcppArmadillo is now on CRAN. This updates the included Armadillo template library to version 0.9.90 which Conrad released two few days ago. RcppArmadillo makes it easy to write highly efficient and highly readable C++ code for line...

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Mandelbrot and Akaike: from taxonomy to smooth runways (pioneering work in fractals and self-similarity)

October 16, 2010
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Mandelbrot on taxonomy (from 1955; the first publication about fractals that I know of): Searching for Mandelbrot on the blog led me to Akaike, who also recently passed away and also did interesting early work on self-similar stochastic proces...

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Benoit Mandelbrot (the Father of Fractals) dead at 85

October 16, 2010
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Benoit Mandelbrot (the Father of Fractals) dead at 85

Nicholas Taleb and Recent tweets indicate that Benoit Mandelbrot has died at age 85.  Mandelbrot was a French and American mathematician, best known as the father of fractal geometry.  His official biography at Yale does n...

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