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Simulating the Gambler’s Ruin

April 14, 2013
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Simulating the Gambler’s Ruin

The gambler’s ruin problem is one where a player has a probability p of winning  and probability q of losing. For example let’s take a skill game where the player x can beat player y with probability 0.6 by getting closer to target. The game play begins with player x being allotted 5 points and player y allotted 10

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Checking the Goodness of Fit of the Poisson Distribution in R for Alpha Decay by Americium-241

Checking the Goodness of Fit of the Poisson Distribution in R for Alpha Decay by Americium-241

Introduction Today, I will discuss the alpha decay of americium-241 and use R to model the number of emissions from a real data set with the Poisson distribution.  I was especially intrigued in learning about the use of Am-241 in smoke detectors, and I will elaborate on this clever application.  I will then use the Pearson chi-squared

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knitr documents with tikzDevice graphics

April 13, 2013
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Setting up tikzDevice output in knitr may be a frustrating task, but gives outstandingly aesthetic, LaTeX-like figures. Here are my global knitr settings for typesetting documents in Polish (in UTF-8, make sure your R also runs in a Unicode locale…Read more ›

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Configure Kile for knitr under GNU/Linux

April 13, 2013
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Kile – a convenient LaTeX editor – may also be used to prepare knitr-generated reports. Here is how we may make our work much more efficient with a convenient compile-on-keypress feature. Create a bash script in your home directory, named…Read more ›

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Travis CI for R! (not yet)

April 12, 2013
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Travis CI for R! (not yet)

A few days ago I wrote about Travis CI, and was wondering if we could integrate the testing of R packages into this wonderful platform. A reader (Vincent Arel-Bundock) pointed out in the comments that Travis was running Ubuntu that allows you to install software packages at your will. I took a look at the documentation, and realized...

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Reserving with negative increments in triangles

April 11, 2013
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Reserving with negative increments in triangles

A few months ago, I did published a post on negative values in triangles, and how to deal with them, when using a Poisson regression (the post was published in French). The idea was to use a translation technique: Fit a model not on ‘s but on , for some , Use that model to make predictions, and then...

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High Obesity levels found among fat-tailed distributions

April 11, 2013
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High Obesity levels found among fat-tailed distributions

In my never ending quest to find the perfect measure of tail fatness, I ran across this recent paper by Cooke, Nieboer, and Misiewicz. They created a measure called the “Obesity index.” Here’s how it works: Step 1: Sample four times from a distribution. The sample points should be independent and identically distributed (did your

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Dirichlet Process, Infinite Mixture Models, and Clustering

April 7, 2013
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Dirichlet Process, Infinite Mixture Models, and Clustering

The Dirichlet process provides a very interesting approach to understand group assignments and models for clustering effects.   Often time we encounter the k-means approach.  However, it is necessary to have a fixed number of clusters.  Often we encounter situations where we don’t know how many fixed clusters we need.  Suppose we’re trying to identify

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Subtraction Is Crazy

April 4, 2013
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Subtraction Is Crazy

I was re-reading Michael Murray’s explanation of cointegration: and marvelling at the calculus. Calculus blows my mind sometimes. Like, hey guess how much we can do with subtraction. — protëa(@isomorphisms) March 28, 2013 Of course it’s not any subtraction. It’s subtracting a function from a shifted version of itself. Still doesn’t sound like a universal revolution. (But of course the...

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Tables Are Like Cockroaches

April 3, 2013
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Tables Are Like Cockroaches

As much as I would like to completely replace all tables with beautiful, intuitive, and interactive charts, tables like cockroaches cannot be eliminated. Based on this very interesting discussion on the Perceptual Edge forum with source Exploring the Origins of Tables for Information Visualization, tables date back to 1850 BCE. The paper concludes with As part of...

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