I was reading an article from Datamation on 70 Open Source Replacements for Small Business when I noticed a glaring omission. Where are the software applications for Operations Research and Analytics? So here is my best addendum to this art...

I suffer a little from the age-old affliction of contrarianism. If a software package is used by the majority of the population, I assume it is flawed, highly limited, and its continued use will ultimately result in the downfall of the human race. Conversely, I am always extremely interested in a piece of software that has spread no further...

I suffer a little from the age-old affliction of contrarianism. If a software package is used by the majority of the population, I assume it is flawed, highly limited, and its continued use will ultimately result in the downfall of the human race. Conversely, I am always extremely interested in a piece of software that has spread no further...

For my sins, I have done more than my fair share of analysis in Excel. I am quite capable of building and maintaining 130Mb spreadsheets (I had a dozen of them for one client). Excel is pretty much installed everywhere, so it is sometimes the only way to get started getting commercial value of the data in the...

The Reverend Thomas Bayes died 250 years ago this month. His grave, located near epidemiological centre of excellence St Mary's College, remains a point of pilgrimage for statisticians (of both Bayesian and Frequentist stripes) visiting London to this day. Because since then, Bayes Theorem has been the underpinning of predictive analytics applications from spam detection to medical alerts. There...

The first week of April I attended an excellent workshop on biplots held by Michael Greenacre and Oleg Nenadić at the Gesis Institute in Cologne, Germany. Throughout his presentations, Michael used animations to visualize the concepts he was explaining. He also included animations in some of his papers. This inspired me to do this post

(Guest post on R-bloggers by Charlie Sharpsteen) Cameron and I are pleased to announce version 0.6.0 of the tikzDevice package which should be available shortly at your local CRAN mirror! The tikzDevice makes it possible to export R graphics as LaTeX code that can be included in other documents or compiled into stand alone figures. The full power of...

Pivot Tables are a useful way of aggregating data into the format that you’re after. In this example, I’m going to be using R to pivot some data and calculate medians for me. This is useful because Excel can calculate medians (the =MEDIAN(values)) function, but what it can’t do is calculate medians for Pivot Tables.