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More useless statistics

August 22, 2011
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More useless statistics

Over at the ExploringDataBlog, Ron Pearson just wrote a post about the cases when means are useless. In fact, it’s possible to calculate a whole load of stats on your data and still not really understand it. The canonical dataset for demonstrating this (spoiler alert: if you are doing an intro to stats course, you

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Prime testing function in R

August 20, 2011
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Prime testing function in R

I was hoping to begin tinkering a bit with the multicore package in R beyond some extremely trivial examples.  Thanks to a combination of R’s dumb quirkiness (for example, being worthless on loops), my poor planning, and general bad programming, my Saturday afternoon tinkering project is ultimately worthless in fulfilling that purpose. I was really

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useR! Conference 2011 highlights

August 20, 2011
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useR! Conference 2011 highlights

I was at the useR! Conference at The University of Warwick in Coventry, UK, last week. My goal in going was to learn the latest things regarding (simple) dynamic graphics, (simple) web-based apps, parallel computing, and memory management (dealing with big data sets). I got just what I was hoping for and more. There are

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useR! 2011 roundup

August 19, 2011
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useR! 2011 roundup

As I stand here at Heathrow waiting for my flight back to the States, I thought I'd dash off a few quick reflections of the userR! 2011 conference at University Warwick. It was an outstanding event. There's something about a conference of just a few hundred attendees (there were about 450) that creates a sense of camaraderie and common...

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useR2011 highlights

August 18, 2011
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useR2011 highlights

useR has been exhilarating and exhausting. Now it’s finished, I wanted to share my highlights. 10. My inner twelve year old schoolgirl swooning and fainting with excitement every time I chatted with a member of R-core. 9. Patrick Burns declaring that his company consists of himself and his two cats. And that one of the

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I, Rbot: Tweeting from R

August 18, 2011
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I, Rbot: Tweeting from R

Over the past few weeks I’ve been running batches of JAGS simulations from R. Although these models typically converged within an hour or so, more complex models can take days, or even weeks to converge. Because we, as humans, are … Continue reading →

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The stupidest R code ever

August 17, 2011
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The stupidest R code ever

Let’s start this blog off right, with the stupidest R mistake I’ve ever made (I think). In the R package that I write, R/qtl, one of the main file formats is a comma-delimited file, where the blank cells in the second row are important, as they distinguish the initial phenotype columns from the genetic marker

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Introduction

August 17, 2011
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Introduction

I’m at the useR! Conference in Coventry, UK, this week. It’s been every bit as inspiring, interesting and useful as I’d hoped. Particularly interesting were the Lightning talks: a series of 5 minute presentations with one minute in between, with each presentation having 15 slides of 20 sec each, moved forward automatically.  It worked extremely

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useR2011 Easy interactive ggplots talk

August 17, 2011
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useR2011 Easy interactive ggplots talk

I’m talking tomorrow at useR! on making ggplots interactive with the gWidgets GUI framework. For those of you at useR, here is the code and data, so you can play along on your laptops. For everyone else, I’ll make the slides available in the next few days so you can see what you missed. Note

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Teaser: Running R as a map/reduce job from Riak

August 17, 2011
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Teaser: Running R as a map/reduce job from Riak

Alliterations aside, here is a preview of something I’ve been tinkering with. My goal is to be able to run …Continue reading »

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