998 search results for "latex"

Number of components in a mixture

August 5, 2011
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Number of components in a mixture

I got a paper (unavailable online) to referee about testing for the order (i.e. the number of components) of a normal mixture. Although this is an easily spelled problem, namely estimate k in I came to the conclusion that it is a kind of ill-posed problem. Without a clear definition of what a component is,

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WordPress WordCloud with R

August 3, 2011
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WordPress WordCloud with R

These days one can frequently read about wordclouds created with R, initiated by the release of the wordcloud package by Ian Fellows on July 23rd. So here I am to put in my two cents. I thought about creating a wordcloud of a complete blog history, so I build a script that connects to a

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RStudio 0.94.92 visited

July 30, 2011
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RStudio 0.94.92 visited

I just updated my RStudio version to the latest, v.0.94.92 (will this asymptotically approach 1, or actually get to 1?). It was nice to see the number of improvements the development team has implemented, based I’m sure on community feedback. The team has, in my experience, been extraordinarily responsive to user feedback, and I’m sure

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Le Monde puzzle [#29]

July 28, 2011
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Le Monde puzzle [#29]

This week, the puzzle from the weekend edition of Le Monde was easy to state: in the sequence (8+17n), is there a 6th power? a 7th? an 8th? If so, give the first occurrence. So I first wrote an R code for a function testing whether an integer is any power: (The function returns the

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Tweets vs. Likes: What gets shared on Twitter vs. Facebook?

July 28, 2011
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Tweets vs. Likes: What gets shared on Twitter vs. Facebook?

It always strikes me as curious that some posts get a lot of love on Twitter, while others get many more shares on Facebook: What accounts for this difference? Some of it is surely site-dependent: maybe one blogger has a Facebook page but not a Twitter account, while another has these roles reversed. But even

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Smoothing temporally correlated data

July 21, 2011
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Smoothing temporally correlated data

Something I have been doing a lot of work with recently are time series data, to which I have been fitting additive models to describe trends and other features of the data. When modelling temporally dependent data, we often need … Continue reading →

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10 reasons why a grad student should use R

July 15, 2011
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Kevin Goulding is working on a Master’s degree in Applied Economics at Montana State University, and offers 10 reasons why grad students should choose R for statistical analyses, homework problems, and thesis research: R is free, and lets grad students escape the burdens of commercial license costs. R has really good online documentation; and the community is unparalleled. The...

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MCMC and faster Gibbs Sampling using Rcpp

July 14, 2011
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Sanjog Misra, who uses Rcpp for Monte Carlo Markov Chain (MCMC) analyses in quantitative marketing, kindly set me a short example of Rcpp use. The example is based on a blog post by Darren Wilkinson which itself discusses and compares the suitabilit...

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The foundations of Statistics: a simulation-based approach

July 11, 2011
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The foundations of Statistics: a simulation-based approach

“We have seen that a perfect correlation is perfectly linear, so an imperfect correlation will be `imperfectly linear’.” page 128 This book has been written by two linguists, Shravan Vasishth and Michael Broe, in order to teach statistics “in  areas that are traditionally not mathematically demanding” at a deeper level than traditional textbooks “without using

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Things I would tell a budding bioinformatician to learn.

July 7, 2011
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I recently read Ewan Birney's blog post, which I found echoed a lot of my own thoughts about the use of statistical in computational biology. I thought I would compile my own similar list but for bioinformatics  / computational biology in general. I have not been and in the field as long as Ewan and I certainly still...

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