This post originally appeared on my Wordpress blog on May 23, 2010. I present it here in its original form. In my opinion, the description of orgmode by its creator as a tool "for keeping notes, maintaining ToDo lists, doing project planning,...

This post originally appeared on my Wordpress blog on May 23, 2010. I present it here in its original form. In my opinion, the description of orgmode by its creator as a tool "for keeping notes, maintaining ToDo lists, doing project planning,...

This post originally appeared on my Wordpress blog on May 23, 2010. I present it here in its original form. In my opinion, the description of orgmode by its creator as a tool "for keeping notes, maintaining ToDo lists, doing project planning,...

I've pushed version 0.1-8 of highlight to CRAN. highlight is a syntax highlighter for R that renders R source code into some markup language, the package ships html and latex renderers but is flexible enough to handle other formats. Syntax highligh...

Most embarrassingly, Liaosa Xu from Virginia Tech sent the following email almost a month ago and I forgot to reply: I have a question regarding your example 7.11 in your book Introducing Monte Carlo Methods with R. To further decompose the uniform simulation by sampling a and b step by step, how you determine the

After thinking about random sudokus for a few more weeks, I eventually came to read the paper by Newton and DeSalvo about the entropy of sudoku matrices. As written earlier, if we consider (as Newton and DeSakvo) a uniform distribution where the sudokus are drawn uniformly over the set of all sudokus, the entropy of

Reza Seirafi from Virginia Tech sent me the following email about Bayesian Core, which alas is pointing out a real typo in the reversible jump acceptance probability for the mixture model: With respect to the expression provided on page 178 for the acceptance probability of the split move, I was wondering if the omission of

Frank Harrell, chair of the Biostatistics department here at Vanderbilt, is giving a seminar entitled "Sweave for Reproducible Research and Beautiful Statistical Reports" tomorrow, Wednesday, May 12, 1:30-2:30pm, in the MRBIII Conference Room 1220. This tutorial covers the basics of Sweave and shows how to enhance the default output in various ways by using: latex methods for converting R...

In connection with the Bernoulli factory post of last week, Richard Brent arXived a short historical note recalling George Forsythe’s algorithm for simulating variables with density when (the extension to any upper bound is straightforward). The idea is to avoid computing the exponential function by simulating uniforms until since the probability of this event is

I find options fascinating because they deal with the abstract ideas of volatility and correlation, both of which are unobservable and can often seem like wild animal spirits (take the current stock market as an example). Understanding these subtle concepts is never easy, but it is essential in pricing some of the more exotic