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What’s Warren Buffett’s $1 Billion Basketball Bet Worth?

January 22, 2014
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What’s Warren Buffett’s $1 Billion Basketball Bet Worth?

A friend of mine just alerted me to a story on NPR describing a prize on offer from Warren Buffett and Quicken Loans. The prize is a billion dollars (1B USD) for correctly predicting all 63 games in the men’s Division I college basketball tournament this March. The facebook page announcing the contest puts the odds at 1:9,223,372,036,854,775,808,

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How to create a geojson in R

January 22, 2014
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This is a short but sweet post on how to create a geojson file in R .  Remember that you can render geojson files in github.   The post How to create a geojson in R appeared first on Jose Gonzalez.

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Using One Programming Language In the Context of Another – Python and R

January 22, 2014
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Using One Programming Language In the Context of Another – Python and R

Over the last couple of years, I’ve settled into using R an python as my languages of choice for doing stuff: R, because RStudio is a nice environment, I can blend code and text using R markdown and knitr, ggplot2 and Rcharts make generating graphics easy, and reshapers such as plyr make wrangling with data

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A brief foray into parallel processing with R

January 21, 2014
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A brief foray into parallel processing with R

I’ve recently been dabbling with parallel processing in R and have found the foreach package to be a useful approach to increasing efficiency of loops. To date, I haven’t had much of a need for these tools but I’ve started working with large datasets that can be cumbersome to manage. My first introduction to parallel

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Fun with the Raspberry Pi

January 21, 2014
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Fun with the Raspberry Pi

Since Christmas I have been playing around with a Raspberry Pi. It is certainly not the fastest computer, but what a great little toy! Here are a few experiences and online resources that I found helpful. SetupInitially I connected the Raspberry Pi via HDMI to a TV; together with keyboard, mouse and an old USB Wifi adapter....

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Use standard deviation (not mad about MAD)

January 19, 2014
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Use standard deviation (not mad about MAD)

Nassim Nicholas Taleb recently wrote an article advocating the abandonment of the use of standard deviation and advocating the use of mean absolute deviation. Mean absolute deviation is indeed an interesting and useful measure- but there is a reason that standard deviation is important even if you do not like it: it prefers models that Related posts:

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Evolution hospital beds, resources and consumption

January 19, 2014
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Evolution hospital beds, resources and consumption

For this analysis publicly available data from the OECD is used. The time series run from 1975 to 2013 (where available). Let’s focus on Belgium, Germany, France, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, United States, Norway and Switzerland and have a look at their number of hospital beds per 1000 population. The blue line is a trend The post

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Retail Relative Strength

January 16, 2014
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Retail Relative Strength

So back before Thanksgiving I did a post Something to Think About Before Black Friday | rChart + dygraphs.  Well since then I have noticed that Retail relative strength has deteriorated considerably.  I thought it would be a good time to use ...

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In data scientist survey, R is the most-used tool (other than databases)

January 15, 2014
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In data scientist survey, R is the most-used tool (other than databases)

O'Reilly has just published the results of the Data Scientist Salary Survey, based on data collected from attendees of the O'Reilly Strata conferences in 2012 and 2013. There were some interesting results from the salary portion of the survey: data scientists at early-stage startups earned a median salary of US$130,000 data scientists at public companies earned a higher median...

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Quilt plots. Like heat maps, only…heat maps

January 15, 2014
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Quilt plots. Like heat maps, only…heat maps

Stephen tweets: Quilt Plots: A Simple Tool for the #Visualisation of Large Epidemiological Data buff.ly/1doSx4X— Stephen Rudd (@SAGRudd) January 15, 2014 Quilt plots. Sounds interesting. The link points to a short article in PLoS ONE, containing a table and a figure. Here is Figure 1. If you looked at that and thought “Hey, that’s a

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