1710 search results for "excel"

Dynasty Meets the Central Limit Theorem

November 20, 2013
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Dynasty Meets the Central Limit Theorem

There’s a classic probability problem/brainteaser popularized by google that states: In a country in which people only want boys, every family continues to have children until they have a boy. If they have a girl, they have another child. If they have a boy, they stop. What is the proportion of boys to girls in the country? It seems...

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The homogenization of scientific computing, or why Python is steadily eating other languages’ lunch

November 18, 2013
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Over the past two years, my scientific computing toolbox been steadily homogenizing. Around 2010 or 2011, my toolbox looked something like this: Ruby for text processing and miscellaneous scripting; Ruby on Rails/JavaScript for web development; Python/Numpy (mostly) and MATLAB (occasionally) for numerical computing; MATLAB for neuroimaging data analysis; R for statistical analysis; R for plotting

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Bayesian linear regression analysis without tears (R)

November 17, 2013
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Bayesian linear regression analysis without tears (R)

Bayesian methods are sure to get some publicity after Vale Johnson’s PNAS paper regarding the use of Bayesian approaches to recalibrate p-value cutoffs from 0.05 to 0.005. Though the paper itself is bound to get some heat (see the discussion in Andrew Gelman’s blog and Matt Briggs’s fun-to-read deconstruction), the controversy might stimulate people to explore

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Dutch Rainwater Composition 1992-2005.

November 17, 2013
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Dutch Rainwater Composition 1992-2005.

After reading Blog About Stats' Open Data Index Blog Post I decided to browse a bit in the Open Data Index. Choosing Netherlands and following Emission of Pollutants I ended on a page from National Institute for Public Health. The page&n...

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What Data Science can learn from small-data Statistics

November 15, 2013
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Last month I joined Gregory Piatetsky (KDnuggets editor) for a webinar presentation Data Science: Not Just for Big Data, hosted by Kalido. In my portion of the prentation (you can see my slides below), I wanted to react to the Big Data focus which is so much a part of the Data Science movement today, to focus on the...

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Trying to reduce the memory overhead when using mclapply

November 14, 2013
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Trying to reduce the memory overhead when using mclapply

I am currently trying to understand how to reduce the memory used by mclapply. This function is rather complicated and others have explained the differences versus parLapply (A_Skelton73, 2013; Read more »

Beads Summary Plot of Ranges for R

November 12, 2013
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Beads Summary Plot of Ranges for R

The beadsplot function is designed for a data frame with a factor column and many observation columns.  This function summarize the data visually.  The builtin iris data is suitable to … Continue reading →

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Running Back-tests in parallel

November 11, 2013
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Running Back-tests in parallel

Once you start experimenting with many different asset allocation algorithms, the computation time of running the back-tests can be substantial. One simple way to solve the computation time problem is to run the back-tests in parallel. I.e. if the asset allocation algorithm does not use the prior period holdings to make decision about current allocation,

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Merge Relational Dataframes

November 11, 2013
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Merge Relational Dataframes

A Question Recently, a student, working on her Senior Thesis at Northland College, asked me the following question: Attached is an Excel file with three “important to R” worksheets. The only thing that connects all 3 worksheets is the Lift.ID … Continue reading →

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What’s in my Pocket? (Part II) – Analysis of Pocket App Article Tagging

November 10, 2013
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What’s in my Pocket? (Part II) – Analysis of Pocket App Article Tagging

IntroductionYou know what's still awesome? Pocket.As I noted in an earlier post (oh god, was that really more than a year ago?!) I started using the Pocket application, previously known as Read It Later, in July of 2011 and it has changed my readi...

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