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Download and Parse NAREIT Data

March 1, 2012
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Download and Parse NAREIT Data

This is the first post of a series that describes how to download and parse specific data sets into R. These kinds of scripts can be functionalized further, but I doubt that these will ever find their way into a formal package. They are intended to be helpful to those facing similar tasks, but as

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ABC in Roma [R lab #1]

February 29, 2012
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ABC in Roma [R lab #1]

Here are the R codes of the R labs organised by Serena Arima in supplement of my lectures. This is quite impressive and helpful to the students, as illustrated by the first example below (using the abc software). I am having a great time teaching this “ABC in Roma” course, in particular because of the

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Portfolio Optimization – Why do we need a Risk Model

February 26, 2012
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Portfolio Optimization – Why do we need a Risk Model

In the last post, Multiple Factor Model – Building Risk Model, I have shown how to build a multiple factor risk model. In this post I want to explain why do we need a risk model and how it is used during portfolio construction process. The covariance matrix is used during the mean-variance portfolio optimization

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R and Salesforce

February 25, 2012
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R and Salesforce

Introduction R is widely used among scientists and statisticians to perform statistical analysis while Salesforce.com is one of the leading CRM software packages used for Marketing and Salesforce automation. Salesforce.com contains vital information regarding Leads, Customers, Contacts, Opportunities and Cases. Currently this data is mainly used for operational purposes by Sales and Marketing professionals. How

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A Roma

February 25, 2012
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A Roma

Today, I am going to Rome for a week, teaching my PhD course on ABC I first gave in Paris. The course takes place in La Sapienza Università di Roma, from Monday till Thursday. There will be an R lab in addition to the lectures. (I have no further item of information at the moment.)

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GSoC Project #2 for 2012

February 23, 2012
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GSoC Project #2 for 2012

In my prior post, I discussed the origins of the first GSoC project I posted this year. The second GSoC project I’ve proposed is around the writing and code of Attilio Meucci, an adjunct professor at Baruch College – CUNY and an excellent speaker (I saw him at the University of Chicago when he spoke

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Large-scale Inference

February 23, 2012
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Large-scale Inference

Large-scale Inference by Brad Efron is the first IMS Monograph in this new series, coordinated by David Cox and published by Cambridge University Press. Since I read this book immediately after Cox’ and Donnelly’s Principles of Applied Statistics, I was thinking of drawing a parallel between the two books. However, while none of them can

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another X’idated question

February 23, 2012
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another X’idated question

An X’idated reader of Monte Carlo Statistical Methods had trouble with our Example 3.13, the very one our academic book reviewer disliked so much as to “diverse a 2 star”. The issue is with computing the integral when f is the Student’s t(5) distribution density. In our book, we compare a few importance sampling solutions,

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Visualization in regression analysis

February 23, 2012
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Visualization in regression analysis

Visualization is a key to success in regression analysis. This is one of the (many) reasons I am also suspicious when I read an article with a quantitative (econometric) analysis without any graph. Consider for instance the following dataset, obtained from http://data.worldbank.org/, with, for each country, the GDP per capita (in some common currency) and the infant mortality rate...

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A Heartfelt Thank You and the Resulting GSoC Project

February 21, 2012
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A Heartfelt Thank You and the Resulting GSoC Project

PerformanceAnalytics has long enjoyed contributions from users who would like to see specific functionality included. Diethelm Wuertz at ETHZ, who is the author and sponsor of all the various R/Metrics packages is one of those contributors. I first met Diethelm when he hosted a conference on high-frequency data in the early 1990′s (where we fretted

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