Ever since I saw the very helpful distribution page first presented in Download and parse EDHEC hedge fund indexes, I have used it liberally. Now that it is has been functionalized (Visually Comparing Return Distributions), I thought I would amen...

In the sponsored article Data Science: Buyer Beware at Forbes, SAP's Ray Rivera takes a dim view of Data Science. According to Rivera, Data Science is a "management fad" in the mold of Business Process Reengineering, and casts data scentists as self-ordained "gurus" whose mission is to stand between the "ignorant masses" that need access to data and a...

In case you missed them, here are some articles from December of particular interest to R users. The blog is.R ran an excellent series of R tips and applications in December, with posts including working with Stata files, working with graphs and networks, and text analysis. Kohske Takahashi provides R scripts to create a collection of optical illusions. Highlights...

Following on from last week's post I will continue to go through the paper Regression models based on log-incremental payments by Stavros Christofides . In the previous post I introduced the model from the first 15 pages up to section F. Today I will progress with sections G to K which illustrate the model with a...

Call me old-fashioned, but I never saw the movie The Social Network until last year (at a private screening). In case you also missed it, it's the Hollywood version of how Facebook.com came into being. Quite apart from any artistic criticisms, I have a genuine psychological problem with movies like TSN. I keep getting caught up...