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Ternary sorting

July 24, 2011
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Ternary sorting

The last Le Monde puzzle made me wonder about the ternary version of the sorting algorithms, which all seem to be binary (compare x and y, then…). The problem is, given (only) a blackbox procedure that returns the relative order of three arbitrary numbers, how many steps are necessary to sort a series of n

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PC-Axis with R: pxR

PC-Axis with R: pxR

PC-Axis is a software family consisting of a number of programs for the Windows and Internet environment used to present statistical information. It is used by national and international institutions to publish statistical data. Programs in the PC-Axis family use a particular data file format (see the full PX-Axis data format description). Now the pxR

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Passing non-graphical parameters to graphical functions using …

July 23, 2011
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Passing non-graphical parameters to graphical functions using …

Argument passing via ... is a great feature of the R language, allowing you to write wrappers around existing functions that do not need to list all the arguments of the wrapped function. ... is used extensively in S3 methods … Continue reading →

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RomanM’s Method

July 22, 2011
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RomanM’s Method

I’ve succeeded in getting a version of RomanM and JeffId’s Thermal hammer working with version 1.3 of RghcnV3. This is going to be a long post because there is a lot of ground to cover. First, some errata, the “Globe” demo in V1.3 appears to have a missing line, looks like an editor bug, so

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Le Monde puzzle [#28]

July 22, 2011
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Le Monde puzzle [#28]

The puzzle of last weekend in Le Monde was about finding the absolute rank of x9 when given the relative ranks of x1,….,x8 and the possibility to ask for relative ranks of three numbers at a time. In R terms, this means being able to use or yet being able to sort the first 8

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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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Visualizing Kickstarter Projects with R

July 20, 2011
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Visualizing Kickstarter Projects with R

Kickstarter, a social funding platform where individuals can chip in cash to get a worthy project going, just celebrated their 10,000th kickstarted project. Kickstart employee Fred Benenson recognized the achievement by visualizing the funding of music, design, art, game and many other kinds of projects using R and ggplot2. For example, here's a chart that shows the increasing rate...

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Version 1.3 Verified

July 19, 2011
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Version 1.3 Verified

Whew, For a few hours last night I struggled with a bug, err several bugs. In the end some of the bugs were mine, some of them were “upstream” and some of them were  far “upstream”.  Image  bugs in R 2.13.1. But the math bugs ( or flat out errors on my part) have all

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The foundations of Statistics [reply]

July 18, 2011
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The foundations of Statistics [reply]

Shravan Vasishth has written a response to my review both published on the Statistics Forum. His response is quite straightforward and honest. In particular, he acknowledges not being a statistician and that he “should spend more time studying statistics”. I also understand the authors’ frustration at trying “to recruit several statisticians (at different points) to

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1st Data Analysis Contest Using R

1st Data Analysis Contest Using R

Emilio Torres Manzanera has just announced the 1st Data Analysis Contest Using R: “Nestoria (http://www.nestoria.com/) is a specialized web search engine platform in house prices. Nestoria and Lokku Labs aim to improve the understanding of the public of the value of its databases. The company aims to engage a few brilliant statisticians in the expectation

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