Who wants school vouchers? Rich whites and poor nonwhites

June 15, 2009
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As part of our Red State, Blue State research, we developed statistical tools for estimating public opinion among subsets of the population. Recently Yu-Sung Su, Yair Ghitza, and I applied these methods to see where school vouchers are more or...

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Geography and Data

June 15, 2009
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The Economist recently ran a fascinating article about the emergence of geographical databases and their uses for presenting and analyzing data.All this has made it much easier to create maps that explain—at a glance—something that might otherwise require pages of tables or verbiage. “A percentage or a table is still abstract for people,” says Dan Newman of MAPLight.org,...

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Side by side analyses in Stata, SPSS, SAS, and R

June 15, 2009
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I've linked to UCLA's stat computing resources once before on a previous post about choosing the right analysis for the questions your asking and the data types you have. Here's another section of the same website that has code to run an identical analysis in all of these statistical packages, with examples to walk through (as they note...

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Replacing 0 with NA – an evergreen from the list

June 15, 2009
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Replacing 0 with NA – an evergreen from the list

This thread from the R-help list describe an evergreen tip that, at least once, is proved useful in R practice.

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Example 7.2: Simulate data from a logistic regression

June 13, 2009
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Example 7.2: Simulate data from a logistic regression

It might be useful to be able to simulate data from a logistic regression (section 4.1.1). Our process is to generate the linear predictor, then apply the inverse link, and finally draw from a distribution with this parameter. This approach is useful in that it can easily be applied to other generalized linear models. In this...

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Example 7.1: Create a Fibonacci sequence

June 12, 2009
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Example 7.1: Create a Fibonacci sequence

The Fibonacci numbers have many mathematical relationships and have been discovered repeatedly in nature. They are constructed as the sum of the previous two values, initialized with the values 1 and 1.A pdf of this example is available here.SASIn SAS, we use the lag function (section 1.4.17,...

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R tips: Installing Rmpi on Fedora Linux

June 12, 2009
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R tips: Installing Rmpi on Fedora Linux

Somebody on the R-help mailing list asked how to get Rmpi working on his Fedora Linux machine so he could do high-performance computing on a cluster of machines (or a single multicore machine) using the R statistical computing and analysis platform. Since it is unusually painful to get working, I might as well copy the instructions...

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R tips: Installing Rmpi on Fedora Linux

June 12, 2009
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R tips: Installing Rmpi on Fedora Linux

Somebody on the R-help mailing list asked how to get Rmpi working on his Fedora Linux machine so he could do high-performance computing on a cluster of machines (or a single multicore machine) using the R statistical computing and analysis platform. Since it is unusually painful to get working, I might as well copy the instructions...

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Simulation of Burning Fire in R

June 11, 2009
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Simulation of Burning Fire in R

inlin Yan posted a cool (hot?) simulation of burning fire with R in the COS forum yesterday, which was indeed a warm welcome. I’m not sure whether our forum members will be scared by the “fire” under the title “Welcome to COS Forum”. The fire was mainly created by the function image() with

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Creating Tag Cloud Using R and Flash / JavaScript (SWFObject)

June 10, 2009
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Creating Tag Cloud Using R and Flash / JavaScript (SWFObject)

ag cloud is a bunch of words drawn in a graph with their sizes proportional to their frequency; it’s widely used in blogs to visualize tags. We can observe important words quickly from a tag cloud, as they often appear in large fontsize. Tony N. Brown asked how to “graphically represent frequency of words in

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Hack-at-it 2009

June 9, 2009
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Hack-at-it 2009

The annual GGobi hack-at-it was held June 5-7 in Ames Iowa. The main directions of work areDevelopment of a new canvas for R supporting interactive and dynamic graphics. Michael is leading the effort on this. Higher level routines for supporting brushi...

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Hack-at-it 2009

June 9, 2009
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Hack-at-it 2009

The annual GGobi hack-at-it was held June 5-7 in Ames Iowa. The main directions of work areDevelopment of a new canvas for R supporting interactive and dynamic graphics. Michael is leading the effort on this. Higher level routines for supporting brushi...

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Data Mashups in R from O’Reilly

June 9, 2009
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Data Mashups in R from O’Reilly

O’Reilly has published Data Mashups in R as a $4.99 PDF download in their Short Cut series. In 27 pages it takes you through an example of how to combine foreclosure information with maps and geographical information...

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Data Mashups in R from O’Reilly

June 9, 2009
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Data Mashups in R from O’Reilly

O’Reilly has published Data Mashups in R as a $4.99 PDF download in their Short Cut series. In 27 pages it takes you through an example of how to combine foreclosure information with maps and geographical information...

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Two plot with a common legend – base graphics

June 6, 2009
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Two plot with a common legend – base graphics

If you need to share a common legend between two graphs using the ggplot2 package/paradigm take a look at this post from the Learning R blog.The code below solves the same task using the R base graphics.png( "2plot1legend.png", width = 480, height = 68...

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Learning R for Researchers in Psychology

June 6, 2009
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Learning R for Researchers in Psychology

R is a powerful environment for statistical computing. Here is a selective list of resources on R with an emphasis on resources useful for researchers in psychology.Psychology specific R resourcesR Notes for Experimental PsychologyWilliam Revelle's Psy...

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Introductory statistics with R

June 5, 2009
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I know that a lot of you are scrambling to spend your training grant money by next week. If you think you'll ever need to use R, I strongly recommend buying this book: Introductory Statistics with R, by Peter Dalgaard ($48, Amazon). I picked this up a while back and read through most of it in a...

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Elementary Statistics with R

June 5, 2009
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Elementary Statistics with R

Ever wonder how to finish your statistics homework real fast? Or you just want a quick way to verify your tedious calculations in your statistics class assignment. We provide an answer here by solving statistics exercises with R. read more

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Getting started with R (for german speakers)

June 5, 2009
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Getting started with R (for german speakers)

Just a little note for german speaking R beginners: There is an introductory course in R (german) available online on the website of the department of methodology and evaluation research at the University of Jena. Dr. Ivailo Partchev holds a seven sess...

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Twitter from R… Sure, why not!

June 4, 2009
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Twitter from R… Sure, why not!

So I have started following the #RStats tag in twitter. Prior to a week ago I had never Twitterbated so I thought I would give it a go since I am not one to shy away from new technology… much. I think of Twitter like a call in radio show where I get to cut

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Use meaningful color schemes in your figures

June 3, 2009
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Some of the best figure design ideas come from cartographers. If you've ever read a Tufte book you've seen lots of examples. Let's talk about using color effectively. Penn State geography professor Cindy Brewer's ColorBrewer tool for selecting color schemes for figures has been conveniently packaged into an R library called RColorBrewer. You'll have to read up...

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How to plot a graph in R

June 2, 2009
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How to plot a graph in R

Here's a quick tutorial on how to get a nice looking graph out of R (aka the R Project for Statistical Computing). Don't forget that help for any R command can be displayed by typing the question mark followed by the command. For example, to see help o...

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Run a remote R session in emacs: emacs + ESS + R + ssh

June 1, 2009
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I don’t know how, but somehow, i stumbled on how to do this. I’ve always used emacs with ESS to run R, since spring 2006 (did it on windows, switched to linux, for years, and most recently, on my macbook). I liked this because i get the same usual interface across ALL platforms (well, maybe

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How to win the KDD Cup Challenge with R and gbm

June 1, 2009
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How to win the KDD Cup Challenge with R and gbm

Hugh Miller, the team leader of the winner of the KDD Cup 2009 Slow Challenge (which we wrote about recently) kindly provides more information about how to win this public challenge using the R statistical computing and analysis platform on a laptop (!).

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How to win the KDD Cup Challenge with R and gbm

June 1, 2009
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How to win the KDD Cup Challenge with R and gbm

Hugh Miller, the team leader of the winner of the KDD Cup 2009 Slow Challenge (which we wrote about recently) kindly provides more information about how to win this public challenge using the R statistical computing and analysis platform on a laptop (!).

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Ubuntu Developer Summit in Barcelona

May 31, 2009
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Due to some things falling into place, I had an opportunity to attend the first two days of last week's Ubuntu Developer Summit in beautiful Barcelona. Somehow, I had never managed to attend a Debian conference either, so it was good to meet a few of t...

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Ubuntu Developer Summit in Barcelona

Due to some things falling into place, I had an opportunity to attend the first two days of last week's Ubuntu Developer Summit in beautiful Barcelona. Somehow, I had never managed to attend a Debian conference either, so it was good to meet a few of the old Debian hands now moving Ubuntu along, as well as a few of the Ubuntu...

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Nice Interview

May 31, 2009
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Nice Interview

Here you can read a nice interview with David Smith, REvolution Computing’s Director of Community, statistician and bloggeR.

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R used by KDD 2009 cup winner of slow challenge

May 31, 2009
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R used by KDD 2009 cup winner of slow challenge

The results from the KDD Cup 2009 challenge (which we wrote about before) are in, and the winner of the slow challenge used the R statistical computing and analysis platform for their winning submission.

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