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Le Monde puzzle [#754]

December 25, 2011
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Le Monde puzzle [#754]

The pre-X’mas puzzle in Le Monde weekend edition is about “magical numbers” having as digits all digits between 0 and n (at least once) and being multiple of all digits between 1 and (n+1). Easy, isn’t it?! I thought so while driving down to the Alps on Saturday and (on Monday early morning) I tried

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Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for 2012

December 22, 2011
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Happy Holidays and Best Wishes for 2012

This is just a quick note to wish you and your family a very healthy and happy holidays and wonderful New Year! I hope you enjoyed reading my blog and thank you for your comments and emails. Here is a short R code that implements an interesting idea from the Charting the Santa Claus Rally

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Quel lancer de dé faire à Serpents et Échelles ?

December 21, 2011
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Quel lancer de dé faire à Serpents et Échelles ?

Hier soir, j’évoquais l’utilisation des chaînes de Markov au jeu Serpents et Échelles. Comme me le faisait remarquer Jean-Philippe, de manière assez étrange, les enfants sont toujours beaucoup plus content après avoir fait un 6 qu’après avoir fait un 1. Mais est-ce réellement la valeur optimale que le dé doit prendre ? Ça dépend bien sûr de la position....

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Basics on Markov Chain (for parents)

December 20, 2011
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Basics on Markov Chain (for parents)

Markov chains is a very interesting and powerful tool. Especially for parents. Because if you think about it quickly, most of the games our kids are playing at are Markovian. For instance, snakes and ladders… It is extremely easy to write down the transition matrix, one just need to define all snakes and ladders. For the one above, we...

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I may have ventured into the first circle and Virgil Is NOT Here — Lehmann Primality Test in R

December 20, 2011
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So a post about Lehmann Primality Tests in HackerNews came across my twitter this morning. Seemed like a great quick coding exercise during lunch. Little Did I know…It is wonderfully simple primality test but i think i have hit up against some R quir...

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Rotational Trading Strategies: borrowing ideas from Engineering Returns

December 19, 2011
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Rotational Trading Strategies: borrowing ideas from Engineering Returns

Frank Hassler at Engineering Returns blog wrote an excellent article Rotational Trading: how to reduce trades and improve returns. The article presents four methods to reduce trades: Trade less frequently. I.e. weekly instead of daily rebalancing. Different criteria for enter / exit a trade. Smooth the rank over the last couple of bars. Combination of

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IRIS Flower Data Set (R-001)

December 17, 2011
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IRIS Flower Data Set (R-001)

IRIS Flower Data SetEste es el Link a Wikipedia donde podéis encontrar los datos que utilizó Fisher en su trabajo de 1936. Ya hemos trabajado con estos datos en Excel y los continuaremos usando en nuevas entradas.En este link, podemos ver las fotos de las flores (IRIS en castellano son lírios).Represento como LS (longitud del sépalo), AS...

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semi-automatic ABC

December 17, 2011
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semi-automatic ABC

The talk of Wednesday afternoon Ordinary Meeting of the Royal Statistical Society went on quite well, I think. I would have expected a few people (in general) and some specific people (in particular) but this being the last week of term the schedule was not the best of times. Paul Fearnhead gave the talk, insisting

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A quick primer on split-apply-combine problems

December 16, 2011
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A quick primer on split-apply-combine problems

I’ve just answered my hundred billionth question on Stack Overflow that goes something like I want to calculate some statistic for lots of different groups. Although these questions provide a steady stream of easy points, its such a common and basic data analysis concept that I thought it would be useful to have a document

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To Sweave, or not to Sweave, that is the question

December 16, 2011
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To Sweave, or not to Sweave, that is the question

I am about to start writing up the manuscript of my recent biomath seminar (Act 3: Pineda-Krch. 2011. Cycles at the edge of existence: Emergence of quasi-cycles in strongly destabilizedecosystems.). While the slides for the talk were put together using Sweave … Continue reading →

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