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Use Data Science to help CARE International in Atlanta, March 28

March 17, 2014
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Use Data Science to help CARE International in Atlanta, March 28

CARE International is a humanitarian organization that is leading the charge to fight poverty around the world, with a focus on empowering women and girls. On March 28 in Atlanta, CARE is teaming up with Booz Allen Hamilton, Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health and Revolution Analytics to bring data scientists together to use R to explore some...

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Species occurrence data

March 17, 2014
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Species occurrence data

The rOpenSci projects aims to provide programmatic access to scientific data repositories on the web. A vast majority of the packages in our current suite retrieve some form of biodiversity or taxonomic data. Since several of these datasets have been georeferenced, it provides numerous opportunities for visualizing species distributions, building species distribution maps, and for using it analyses such...

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Above Average: Analyzing Self-Rated Qualities in R

March 16, 2014
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Above Average: Analyzing Self-Rated Qualities in R

Numerous psychological studies have demonstrated that people often have an inflated perception of their personal qualities. From work performance to driving skills, people report being above average in relation to others when it comes to many arenas. This extends to how people perceive their own physical attractiveness and intelligence levels. This begs the important question: Are

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Box models in R

March 16, 2014
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Box models in R

Introduction Box models are popular in some branches of oceanography and other geophysical disciplines, partly because they are simple to construct and to solve. This posting shows how to solve a box model in R, using the lsoda() function in the deSolve package. The basic ideas can be explained in the context of riverine input into a lake that connects...

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Guardian Words: Visualized

March 15, 2014
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Andy Kirk (@visualisingdata) & Lynn Cherny (@arnicas) tweeted about the Guardian Word Count service/archive site, lamenting the lack of visualizations: Want to know num of words written in each day's Guardian paper by section + approx reading time? http://t.co/wP4W1EzUsx via @bengoldacre— Andy Kirk (@visualisingdata) March 15, 2014 This gave me a chance to bust out

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How to use Bioconductor to find empirical evidence in support of π being a normal number

March 14, 2014
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How to use Bioconductor to find empirical evidence in support of π being a normal number

Happy π day everybody! I wanted to write some simple code (included below) to the test parallelization capabilities of my  new cluster. So, in honor of  π day, I decided to check for evidence that π is a normal number. A … Continue reading →

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Using Genetic Algorithms in Quantitative Trading

March 14, 2014
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The question one should always asked him/herself when using technical indicators is what would be an objective criteria to select indicators parameters (e.g., why using a 14 days RSI rather than 15 or 20 days?). Genetic algorithms (GA) are well suited tools to answer that question. In this post I’ll show you how to set

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Bayesian Search Models

March 13, 2014
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Bayesian Search Models

Bayesian Search Theory The US had a pretty big problem on their hands in 1966. Two planes had hit each other during a in-flight refueling and crashed. Normally, this would be an unfortunate thing and terrible for the families of those involved in the crash but otherwise fairly limited...

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The Lonely Acacia Is Rocked By The Wind Of The African Night

March 13, 2014
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The Lonely Acacia Is Rocked By The Wind Of The African Night

If you can walk you can dance. If you can talk you can sing (Zimbabwe Proverb) There are two things in this picture I would like to emphasise. First one is that everything is made using points and lines. The moon is an enormous point, stars are three small nested points and the tree is

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Morning coffee: scripting language

March 13, 2014
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Morning coffee: scripting language

Several people have asked: what scripting language should biologists learn if they are interested in doing a little larger-scale data analysis and have never programmed before? I’m not an expert, but these are the kinds of things I tend to say: The language is not so important; the same principles apply everywhere. Use what your

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