Sometimes the story isn't what is a trend, but rather what is not a trend. In this second installment about body weight in the U.S., listing what doesn't seem to be contributing factors will help narrow down what might actually be the p...

In case you missed them, here are some articles from May of particular interest to R users. R tops the annual KDNuggets Data Mining Software poll for the first time. R 2.15.1 is scheduled for June 22. (Revolution R Enterprise 6, released on June 5, is based on 2.14.2.) A tutorial uses R, Hadoop, and the RHadoop project to...

We're definitely in the age of Big Data: today, there are many more sources of data readily available to us to analyze than there were even a couple of years ago. But what about extracting useful information from novel data streams that are often noisy and minutely transactional ... aye, there's the rub. One of the great things about...

I’m hardly the first person you would want to talk to about learning statistics in R. But if you’re bent on teaching yourself R, and you’ve ended up at my blog, here are some resources I found useful. (No opinions here about whether R is good/bad better/worse than Excel, Minitab, Matlab, Octave, SPSS, Stata, SAS,

R Packages All Well maintained? There are so many R packages, can they all be trusted? or are they well maintained? To answer this question, we just need to take a look of their archive histories. If a package has many versions, we can take that as the authors spent a lot of time to make their packages perfect, these...

In our pre-conference workshop, Brian Peterson and I worked with the EDHEC hedge fund indexes as a way to demonstrate how to use PortfolioAnalytics within the context of long-term allocation problems. Although they are not investible, these indexes are probably more representative than most given that they are, in fact, meta-indexes. Other indexes might be