(This article was first published on

**Econometrics Beat: Dave Giles' Blog**, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)Marcus Beck has a nice (& relatively new) blog called R is My Friend. You can guess that his posts relate to the use of R.

I particularly liked

**his piece**on the use of the XML**package in R to mine data from the internet; and****his post**on using the*integrate*function in R, even when the anti derivative has no closed-form solution.Grad. student readers will also like his post, How Long is the Average Dissertation.

My own take on a related question can be found **here**.

© 2013, David E. Giles

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