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IMIS & AMIS

July 29, 2010
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IMIS & AMIS

A most interesting paper by Adrian Raftery and Le Bao appeared in the Early View section of Biometrics.  It aims at better predictions for HIV prevalence—in the original UNAIDS implementation, a naïve SIR procedure was used, based on the prior as importance function, which sometimes resulted in terrible degeneracy—, but its methodological input is about

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Social contagion? Maybe not…

July 28, 2010
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Social contagion? Maybe not…

Recently there was a lot of racket about results presented in papers by a pair Nicholas Christakis & James Fowler. Their papers gained a lot of attention both in the academic world as well as in media. In their papers they claim to provide evidence for social contagion (transmission through social networks) of several types

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A summer of books

July 27, 2010
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A summer of books

The summer started with a research in pair session in CiRM on the R edition of Bayesian Core, but I am also involved two other book projects. The first one was mentioned in a previous post, namely the translation of Introducing Monte Carlo Methods with R into French. I have now recovered all translated chapters,

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Asher’s enigma

July 25, 2010
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Asher’s enigma

On his Probability and statistics blog, Matt Asher put a funny question (with my rephrasing): Take a unit square. Now pick two spots at random along the perimeter, uniformly. For each of these two locations, pick another random point from one of the three other sides of the square and draw the segment. What is

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useR! 2010 done and dusted

July 23, 2010
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useR! 2010 done and dusted

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Bugs [genuine]

July 21, 2010
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Bugs [genuine]

Nothing related with programming, I am afraid! Just a few bugs visiting my passion vine… I find the green bugs quite interesting with their back “engravings”, even though they are most likely pests … Filed under: pictures, ...

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userR! 2010 Videos to be Hosted at Rchive

July 20, 2010
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Today, I am packing up the car and heading south to my old home, Washington, DC, for the useR! 2010 conference, which is being held at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Incidentally, where I was an intern in the Information Technology Lab during college. If you are not able to make the trip to

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Analysing the ISMB 2010 meeting using R

July 20, 2010
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Analysing the ISMB 2010 meeting using R

The colossus of bioinformatics meetings, ISMB, convened in Boston this year from July 9 – 13. As in recent years, the meeting was covered online at its website, FriendFeed and Twitter. I thought it would be fun to run a quick analysis of activity at the FriendFeed room using R. 1. Fetch the data We

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The wonderful world of vim

July 20, 2010
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The wonderful world of vim

When searching for a way to recover control carriage return symbols ^M into genuine ones (under vim), I found this handy page of vim tips. And then saw that the enthusiastic author had even a blog about vim! Obviously, this post will be meaningless for all readers not aware of the joys of the vim

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Welcome to Gosset’s student

July 19, 2010
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Welcome to Gosset’s student

Welcome to Gosset’s student, a blog about statistics, with a focus on using R.  We’re all learning R, as it’s constantly being improved.  The blog will aim for brevity, and a focussed approach to getting some stats done, rather than elegance of code.  Discussions which show how to replicate the result in a more elegant fashion, or

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