To quote from the preface to the first edition in Jeffreys (1961): ‘It is sometimes considered a paradox that the answer depends not only on the observations but on the question; it should be a platitude.’1 Generalized Linear Models : P. ...

To quote from the preface to the first edition in Jeffreys (1961): ‘It is sometimes considered a paradox that the answer depends not only on the observations but on the question; it should be a platitude.’1 Generalized Linear Models : P. ...

I recently created RMongo, a database access layer to MongoDB in R as an R package. To install RMongo, download it from https://github.com/quid/RMongo/downloads Run: R CMD install RMongo_0.0.17.tar.gz I tried to mimic the RMySQL commands in RMongo. Bel...

Yesterday's US election is pretty much over now: most of the results are in, the pundits have offered their political analysis, and there's even been a bit of mathematical analysis of the results, too. But last night as the results were flowing in, R user Brock Tibert just wanted to track the results of the Massachusetts governor's race. The...

At proMENTE social research we often use the odfWeave and Sweave packages for the amazing statistics program R for automating the production of graphics and reports. odfWeave and Sweave are for the OpenOffice and lyx (www.lyx.org) word processors respectively. One problem with this approach arises when you have to produce and insert into your document

At proMENTE social research we often use the odfWeave and Sweave packages for the amazing statistics program R for automating the production of graphics and reports. odfWeave and Sweave are for the OpenOffice and lyx (www.lyx.org) word proce...

A bug-fix release 0.3.7 of inline is now on CRAN and at Debian. It fixes a minor bug: when package.skeleton() was called to convert one or more functions created with this package into a package, the corner case of just a single submitted function ...

A bug-fix release 0.8.8 of Rcpp is now available. It is awaiting processing at CRAN, and will be uploaded to Debian once processed at CRAN. In the meantime, sources are available from my local directory here. This release follows on the heels o...

Last week, the Freakonomics blog in the NYT reported that the Israeli lottery had drawn the same six numbers twice in a month. The seventh "bonus ball" was different, but still: quite a coincidence, right? Cue the quote from an expert to explain just how remarkable this is: Yitzhak Melechson, a statistics professor at the University of Tel Aviv,...

Following up on the story from last week, where SAS CEO Jim Goodnight said he "hadn't noticed" competition from open-source alternatives, open-source BI vendor Pentaho's "Chief Geek" James Dixon responds: What this means is that SAS has moved from the Igorance phase to the Ridicule phase of battling open source, they only have Fighting and Losing to go. There...

After running a spatial data analysis with R session today, it became apparent that there are one or two teething problems installing the important rgdal package on Mac OS X operating systems. The usual install.packages(“rgdal”) won’t work. My colleague Jon Reades did some digging around to find this solution. I have tested it and it

A short update on network+intergraph R packages story: Couple of days ago Carter Butts released a new version of the ‘network’ package (ver. 1.5-1). It has a namespace now. Consequently, the ‘intergraph’ package should work out-of-the-box. There is no need to install my hacked version of the ‘network’ package anymore.

If you need to generate synthetic wind speed time series, you may find useful the procedure described in “A Markov method for simulating non-gaussian wind speed time series” by G.M. McNerney and P.S. Veers (Sandia Laboratories, 1985), and “Estimation of extreme wind speeds with very long return periods” by M.D.G Dukes and J.P. Palutikof (Journal

As noted on the Google Open Source Blog last week, R package authors Dirk Eddelbuettel and Romain Francois recently gave a presentation on R at the Googleplex, on various topic related to "bridging" R into other systems. Their 90-minute talk is available for replay on YouTube (as part of the Google TechTalks series), and you can download the slides...

In the last six months or so, the behemoth of Q & A sites stackoverflow, decided to change tack and launch a number of other non-computing-language sites. To launch a site in the stackoverflow family, sites have to spend time gathering followers in Area51. Once a site has gained a critical mass, a new StackExchange

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Noise can be classified as pollution and lawmakers often (always?) treat it as such. Noise can have different origin points, point source being among the simplest to model. Because noise has broader health implications, being able to understand its propagation, a simple model can further our understanding in toning down or preventing excessive noise burden

Having always appreciated the red and blue cartograms and cartographs of geographic electoral preferences, such as those made available by Mark Newman, I sought to produce similar maps, but include information about support for non-“state-sponsored” parties, and to extend the coverage back in time. I was able to find county-level presidential election returns going as … Continue reading →

Forest plots are most commonly used in reporting meta-analyses, but can be profitably used to summarise the results of a fitted model. They essentially display the estimates for model parameters and their corresponding confidence intervals. Matt Shotwell just posted a message to the R-help mailing list with his lattice-based solution to the problem of creating forest plots in R. I

The latest version of my ABC slides is on slideshare. To conclude with a pun, I took advantage of the newspaper clipping generator once pointed out by Andrew. (Note that nothing written in the above should be taken seriously.) On the serious side, I managed to cover most of the 300 slides (!) over the