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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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New StackOverflow site for Statistics

July 19, 2010
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Since launching StackOverflow.com as a Q&A forum for programmers, the StackExchange network is now launching about three new sites a week on topics as specialized as cooking, jobs, and many many more. There's a well-defined, community-oriented process for setting up a new site: first it must be proposed, and then enough potential users must commit to the site and...

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Join the Statistical analysis Q&A beta

July 18, 2010
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Join the Statistical analysis Q&A beta

Statistical Analysis Q&A is a web page dedicated to exchange questions, answers and ideas primarily on statistics.

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Cherry Picking to Generalize ~ retrospective meta-power analysis using Cohen’s f^2 of NASA temp + visualization

July 17, 2010
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Cherry Picking to Generalize ~ retrospective meta-power analysis using Cohen’s f^2 of NASA temp + visualization

Previously, I plotted a grid of NASA GISS global temps in ggplot2 to show general trends by the brute force method. Here, I will again use the brute force method to do a simple power analysis on a portion of the data (data here). The general aim is to figure out what the minimum sample

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CoRe in CiRM [end]

July 17, 2010
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CoRe in CiRM [end]

Back home after those two weeks in CiRM for our “research in pair” invitation to work on the new edition of Bayesian Core, I am very grateful for the support we received from CiRM and through it from SMF and CNRS. Being “locked” away in such a remote place brought a considerable increase in concentration

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In case you missed it: June Roundup

July 16, 2010
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Wow, is it the middle of July already? Anyway, in case you missed them, here are some articles from June of particular interest to R users. We noted that the program for the annual R user conference, useR! 2010, has been announced. (I and the rest of the Revolution team are looking forward to seeing all the R folks...

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CoRe in CiRM [6]

July 15, 2010
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CoRe in CiRM [6]

This is the last day at CiRM for our “research in pair” working on the new edition of Bayesian Core. I mostly completed the revision of the chapter on Bayesian imaging, including stuff on Markov random fields and mainly on ABC algorithms. All that remains to be done about this chapter is the processing of

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Multidimension bridge sampling (CoRe in CiRM [5])

July 13, 2010
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Multidimension bridge sampling (CoRe in CiRM [5])

Since Bayes factor approximation is one of my areas of interest, I was intrigued by Xiao-Li Meng’s comments during my poster in Benidorm that I was using the “wrong” bridge sampling estimator when trying to bridge two models of different dimensions, based on the completion (for and missing from the first model) When revising the

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A quantum leap (CoRe in CiRM [4])

July 12, 2010
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A quantum leap (CoRe in CiRM [4])

Today, as I was trying to install SpatialEpi to use the Scotland lip cancer data in the last chapter of Bayesian Core, I realised my version of R, R Version 2.6.1, was hopelessly out of date! As I am also using Hardy Heron, a somehow antiquated version of Ubuntu on my Mac, upgrading R took

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Area Plots with Intensity Coloring ~ el nino SST anomalies w/ ggplot2

July 10, 2010
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Area Plots with Intensity Coloring ~ el nino SST anomalies w/ ggplot2

I see many economy indicator graphs that show emphasis by shading in the curve under the area (while x-axis is time). The shade is stronger at higher values (example). I did this in R below (ggplot2). This was a little more difficult that I’d expected. The color gradients are good to color each individual points

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