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High-performance computing in R at useR! 2008

August 12, 2008
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High-performance computing in R at useR! 2008

The useR! 2008 meeting is about to commence. Although I am not able to go this year I will be keeping a close eye on the talks and slides that (I assume) will be posted.  Last years useR! meeting (which … Continue reading →

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Design Flaws in R #1 — Reversing Sequences

August 6, 2008
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Design Flaws in R #1 — Reversing Sequences

The R language for statistical computing has become the standard for academic statistical research, for the very good reason that it’s better than the alternatives. It’s far from perfect however. I could come up with a long “wish list” of desired features it lacks, but that’s not what I’ll do in this series of posts.

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maps of Poland in R

June 23, 2008
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maps of Poland in R

Bogdan Taranta (website in Polish) is developing a set of functions for drawing administrative maps of Poland. I wrote similar functionality for myself already some time ago, but only for voivodships, i.e. top-level administrative units, and also in a rather low resolution. Bogdan’s contribution seems to contain all levels, at high resolution, and including the

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One R tip a day

June 21, 2008
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One R tip a day

I just encountered this website http://onertipaday.blogspot.com/: One R tip per day. Very nice collection of R tips.

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S3 vs S4, efficiency issues

May 23, 2008
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S3 vs S4, efficiency issues

While developing some new simulation code with S4 system I stumbled upon some big difficulties in terms of computational efficiency. That lead me to diging into archives of Rhelp and Rdevel looking for clues. I found some interesting threads that address almost exactly the same problems that I do. Read for yourself here and here,

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JAGS 1.0.2 is released

May 9, 2008
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JAGS 1.0.2 is released

JAGS 1.0.2 is now out. This is a patched release for the stable version, so there are no major changes in library functionality.   The major changes are: Memory leaks fixed. The rjags package now runs on Windows. A binary version … Continue reading →

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Paper on GillespieSSA now published

May 2, 2008
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Paper on GillespieSSA now published

My paper on the GillespieSSA package has now been published in the latest volume of Journal of Statistical Software. Check it out.

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Writing Rd files in Vim

March 3, 2008
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Writing Rd files in Vim

I have made a small “translation” of a portion of “Writing R Extensions” manual about the Rd files to a vimhelp format. You can find it on vim.org, under this link http://www.vim.org/scripts/script.php?script_id=2177. If that does not work just search for a script “rd” there. The script itself is called “rdhelp.txt”.

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Paper on the Gillespie Stochastic Simulation Algorithm in press

February 1, 2008
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Paper on the Gillespie Stochastic Simulation Algorithm in press

Just got news that my revisions to the reviewer’s comments on my paper GillespieSSA: Implementing the Gillespie Stochastic Simulation Algorithm in R were accepted. Hence, this paper is not officially in press in the Journal of Statistical Software. Here’s the … Continue reading →

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ERGMs in R

January 23, 2008
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ERGMs in R

Developers of statnet, a collection of packages for R for fitting Exponential Random Graph Models (ERGM), issued a major update. First change is that the main package is now called ergm. Secondly, a set of additional packages has been made available. Apart from package network, that provides a class system for relational data on which

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