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Please stop using Excel-like formats to exchange data

December 7, 2012
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Please stop using Excel-like formats to exchange data

I know “officially” data scientists all always work in “big data” environments with data in a remote database, streaming store or key-value system. But in day to day work Excel files and Excel export files get used a lot and cause a disproportionate amount of pain. I would like to make a plea to my Related posts:

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R analysis shows how UK health system could save £200m

December 7, 2012
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R analysis shows how UK health system could save £200m

According to an analysis by Prescribing Analytics (a joint venture of technologists and doctors in the UK), Britain's cash-strapped National Health Service (NHS) is overspending on prescription drugs. While cheaper (but equally effective) generic drugs are widely available for many treatments, some doctors continue to prescribe patented drugs which can cost 10 times as much — and often much...

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Dot-density maps with spsample()

December 7, 2012
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Dot-density maps with spsample()

Today’s example is a little odd, in that the code isn’t pretty and the example isn’t really something you’d actually produce in real life — but if you’ll overlook those oddities, you’ll find that the spsample(...

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Visualizing Baltimore with R and ggplot2: Crime Data

December 7, 2012
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Visualizing Baltimore with R and ggplot2: Crime Data

The advent of municipal open data initiatives has been both a blessing and curse for my particular brand of data nerd. On one hand, it has opened up the possibility of developing deep and useful knowledge about the places we...

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R in the Cloud

December 6, 2012
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R in the Cloud

I've been having some great fun parallelizing R code on Amazon's cloud. Now that things are chugging away nicely, it's time to document my foibles so I can remember not to fall into the same pits of despair again. The goal was to perform lots of trails of a randomized statistical simulation. The jobs were independent and fairly chunky, taking...

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Flexibly outlining a set of points with alphahull

December 6, 2012
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Flexibly outlining a set of points with alphahull

We’ve previously covered the convex hull here at is.R(), and in that post I admitted that I was somewhat hard-pressed to come up with a common use-case — at least for Political Science applications. Well, today’s Gist illustrates the...

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One R package for all your taxonomic needs

December 6, 2012
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UPDATE: there were some errors in the tests for taxize, so the binaries aren't avaiable yet. You can install from source though, see below. Getting taxonomic information for the set of species you are studying can be a pain in the ass. You have to manually type, or paste in, your species one-by-one. Or, if you are lucky, there is...

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One R package for all your taxonomic needs

December 6, 2012
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UPDATE: there were some errors in the tests for taxize, so the binaries aren't avaiable yet. You can install from source though, see below. Getting taxonomic information for the set of species you are studying can be a pain in the ass. You have to manually type, or paste in, your species one-by-one. Or, if you are lucky, there is...

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How a Mexican state ended up with more drug war homicides than total homicides

December 5, 2012
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How a Mexican state ended up with more drug war homicides than total homicides

During 2007 and 2008 the Mexican state of Sinaloa had more drug war-related homicides than total homicides. This should in theory be impossible since drug war homicides are a subset of total homicides. How did this happen? Here is a chart from my old post highlighting the monthly difference between the...

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TFX Package

December 5, 2012
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TFX Package

Today I want to highlight the TFX Package created by Garrett See. TFX is an R Interface to the TrueFX(tm) Web API for free streaming real-time and historical tick-by-tick market data for dealable interbank foreign exchange rates with millisecond detail. Garrett provided a great tutorial, examples, and shiny application of TFX at http://rpubs.com/gsee/TFX Please note

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