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NCEP Global Forecast System

December 16, 2009
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NCEP Global Forecast System

Just about everyone is familiar with weather maps. There are many situations where it is useful to combine the underlying numerical weather data with other types of information. Accessing  the weather data is a necessary first step. The output from the U.S. National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) Global  Forecast System (GFS) is freely available.

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APIs: I wish the life sciences would learn from social networks

December 10, 2009
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APIs: I wish the life sciences would learn from social networks

I was prompted by a thread on the apparent decline of FriendFeed to look for evidence of declining participation in my networks. First, a quick and dirty Ruby script, tls.rb to grab the Life Scientists feed and count the likes and comments: #!/usr/bin/ruby require 'rubygems' require 'json/pure' require 'net/http' require 'open-uri' def format_date(d) if d

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Un-Wrapping a Sphere with R

December 8, 2009
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Un-Wrapping a Sphere with R

  Premise I was recently asked to print out a fabric pattern that could be used to cover a sphere, about the size of a ping pong ball, for the purposes of re-creating a favorite cat toy (quite important). Thinking this over, I realized that this was basically a map projection problem-- and could probably be solved by scaling...

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R, REvolution named in top analytic trends for 2010

December 7, 2009
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Author and enterprise software executive Nenshad Bardoliwalla lists his Top 10 Trends for 2010 in Analytics, Business Intelligence, and Performance Management at the website Enterprise Irregulars. If you've been following the Business Intelligence space (and who hasn't, right?) you'll recognize some familiar themes: predictive analytics, Web 2.0, Software-as-a-Service, risk, IBM. What's interesting about this list is that it raises...

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In case you missed it: November roundup

December 4, 2009
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In case you missed them, here are some articles from last month of particular interest to R users. This post demonstrated reader Paul Bleicher's code for visualizing a time series as a heat-map calendar. This post and followup showed (with thanks to Drew Conway) how to use R to perform social network analysis on live data from Twitter. This...

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My Five Rules for Data Visualization

December 3, 2009
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My Five Rules for Data Visualization

Tonight the NYC R Meetup will be discussing data visualization in R using ggplot2. As part of tonight’s meeting I will be providing a very brief show and tell, which includes mostly code examples and external resources. This exercise has had me thinking quite a bit about data visualization. In addition, a

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LaTeX and Sweave

December 1, 2009
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LaTeX is a typesetting language that is known for its beautiful mathematical formulas. It is similar to HTML in that you write your document in plain text and process (or compile) it to create a postscript or PDF file. You will need to download a LaTeX processor for your platform. On Windows, TeXnicCenter (http://www.texniccenter.org/) is

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Probability of hypercubes…

November 28, 2009
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Probability of hypercubes…

…in R of course! There is a handy function to do those calculations. Normally (ahh!) you might resolve to a symbolic calculation package (Maple,Mathematica etc.)  but that is not the situation any more. The calculations are done with the mnormt package. Relevant functions exist in other packages as well (R : Distributions) x <- seq(-2,4,length=21) y <- 2*x+10 z

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Export Trade Clusters

November 24, 2009
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Export Trade Clusters

This post, as with the prior ones on trade clusters, aims to help visualize patterns of trade in the OECD from 50 years of partner trade statistics. The data is rich, meaning we should be able to develop rich intuition by exploring it visually. These slides follow the method laid out in Jong-Eun Lee, “Two

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Tactical asset allocation using blotter

November 18, 2009
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Tactical asset allocation using blotter

blotter is an R package that tracks the P&L of your trading systems (or simulations), even if your portfolio spans many security types and/or currencies. This post uses blotter to track a simple two-ETF trading system. The contents of this post b...

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