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R Commander – a good introductory GUI for R

June 1, 2010
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R Commander – a good introductory GUI for R

The R software is very powerful and flexible but one of the complaints of new users is that the learning curve is steep and can be daunting. There have been various projects to create GUIs for R with varying levels of sophistication, one of which is R Commander by John Fox. Fast Tube by Casper This interface

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Program for useR! 2010 announced

June 1, 2010
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The program of invited lectures, contributed talks and posters for this year's annual R user conference useR! 2010 is now available, and it looks to be another excellent event. (Revolution Analytics is a sponsor of useR! 2010.) Of note this year is an increasing focus on commercial applications of R, with no less than three multi-talk sessions on applications...

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Tuesday’s child is full of probability puzzles

May 28, 2010
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Tuesday’s child is full of probability puzzles

COUNTERINTUITIVE PROBLEM, INTUITIVE REPRESENTATION Blog posts about counterintuitive probability problems generate lots of opinions with a high probability. Andrew Gelman and readers have been having a lot of fun with the following probability problem: I have two children. One is a boy born on a Tuesday. What is the probability I have two boys? The

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Must Have Software

May 28, 2010
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Having worked with Unix (BSD, HPUX, IRIX, Linux and OSX), Windows (NT4, 2000, XP, Vista and 7) for quite a while I have seen a lot of different software tools. I would like to quickly exhibit my “must have” list. These are the packages that I find to be the single “must have offerings” in Related posts:

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Voter targeting with R

May 26, 2010
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Voter targeting with R

Voter targeting for turnout is the process of scoring registered voters using demographic and electoral variables taken from voter lists and commercial databases. The score of all voters together is used to predict overall turnout, which determines the allocation of campaign resources and directs strategy for voter contact and communication. Targeting for turnout is a

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Graphing using R

May 16, 2010
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Graphing using R

Long-time readers of the Stubborn Mule will know that charts are a regular feature here. Almost all of these charts were produced using the R statistical software package which, in my view, produces far superior results to the most commonly used graphing tool: Excel. As a community service to help rid the world of horrible

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Introducing IBrokers (and Jeff Ryan)

May 13, 2010
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Introducing IBrokers (and Jeff Ryan)

Josh had kindly invited me to post on FOSS Trading around the time when he first came up with the idea for the blog. Fast forward a year and I am finally taking him up on his offer.I'll start by highlighting that while all the software in this post is indeed free (true to FOSS), an account with...

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Introducing IBrokers (and Jeff Ryan)

May 13, 2010
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Introducing IBrokers (and Jeff Ryan)

Josh had kindly invited me to post on FOSS Trading around the time when he first came up with the idea for the blog. Fast forward a year and I am finally taking him up on his offer.I'll start by highlighting that while all the software in this post is indeed free (true to FOSS), an account with...

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Reflections on consulting part 5 – what languages and tools to learn?

May 12, 2010
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Reflections on consulting part 5 – what languages and tools to learn?

What languages and tools should you learn as a math/stat consultant?  To jump to the answer: Excel/VBA, SQL, R, Java, and Python. Spreadsheets have many problems with verifiability and scalability, so why Excel? Excel is: Useful for prototyping ideas quickly, either for your own use or to show to other team members Well-known and understood

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An economist explains: Why I use R

May 10, 2010
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Economist and R blogger JD Long gave a talk last week (as part of the vconf.org project) about why he uses R to do statistical forecasts of agricultural yield for the reinsurance company he works for. I couldn't make the live session, but a replay is now available. The audio's a bit choppy, but if you've every struggled with...

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