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Three dimensional plots using rgl package

September 15, 2010
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Three dimensional plots using rgl package

We all know that R can do amazing things including 3 dimensional plots. scatterplot3d is probably the most popular package for doing this. But a few days ago I got introduced with rgl package which can do 3 dimensional graphs with some added advantages like we can rotate the plot using mouse, zoom in or out using the mouse...

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News on MCMSki III

September 14, 2010
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News on MCMSki III

Here is a message sent by the organisers of MCMSki III in Utah next early January. When registering, make sure to tick the free registration for Adap’skiii as well! The fourth joint international meeting of the IMS (Institute of Mathematical Statistics) and ISBA (International Society for Bayesian Analysis), nicknamed “MCMSki III“, will be held at

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Which functions in R base call internal code?

September 14, 2010
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Which functions in R base call internal code?

In a recent question on Stack Overflow about speeding up group-by operations, Marek wondered which functions called .Internal code (and consequently were fast). I was surprised to see that there appears to be no built-in way to check whether or not this is the case (though is.primitive is available for primitive functions). Writing such a function is quite straight forward....

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Some useful bar plots using R

September 14, 2010
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Some useful bar plots using R

In this article I am trying to show how to produce bar plots using R. Many of my friends think SPSS is the most useful software for producing plots and they keep using it (some of them even use Excel!). My goal is to show that R can do every type of g...

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10w2170, Banff [2]

September 13, 2010
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10w2170, Banff [2]

Over the two days of the Hierarchical Bayesian Methods in Ecology workshop, we managed to cover normal models, testing, regression, Gibbs sampling, generalised linear models, Metropolis-Hastings algorithms and of course a fair dose of hierarchical modelling. At the end of the Saturday marathon session, we spent one and half discussing some models studied by the

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Handling .Z files

September 13, 2010
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Handling .Z files

A while back Steve Mcintyre was looking for a way to handle .Z files in R Ron Broberg over at the whiteboard had an approach that steve adopted both for untar and for uncompressing .Z files.  While the approach is slick, its somewhat of a hack. Nothing wrong with that, but I wanted something a

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“simply start over and build something better”

September 12, 2010
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“simply start over and build something better”

The post on the shortcomings of R has attracted a huge number of readers and Ross Ihaka has now posted a detailed comment that is fairly pessimistic… Given the directions drafted in this comment from the father of R (along with Robert Gentleman), I once again re-post this comment as a main entry to advertise

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Preventing argument use in R

September 12, 2010
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Preventing argument use in R

It sounds silly, but sometimes you don't want to let people use some arguments of a function. The canonical example is write.csv. The function is effectively a wrapper to write.table, but using "," as the separator and "." as the decimal.

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Raster “Cover” function

September 11, 2010
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Raster “Cover” function

The last bits of raster are coming together and everything is working so we are getting really close here. Today i will cover the raster function ‘cover’ which robert has just updated to handle a brick function. Lets review the situation with a toy example: First, we read in the Land data into a Brick.

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10w2170, Banff

September 11, 2010
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10w2170, Banff

Yesterday night, we started the  Hierarchical Bayesian Methods in Ecology workshop by trading stories. Everyone involved in the programme discussed his/her favourite dataset and corresponding expectations from the course. I found the exchange most interesting, like the one we had two years ago in Gran Paradiso, because of the diversity of approaches to Statistics reflected

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