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Bessel integral

September 28, 2011
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Bessel integral

Pierre Pudlo and I worked this morning on a distribution related to philogenic trees and got stuck on the following Bessel integral where In is the modified Bessel function of the first kind. We could not find better than formula 6.611(4) in Gradshteyn and Ryzhik. which is for a=0… Anyone in for a closed form

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World Tourism Day, and Google Public Data Explore

September 27, 2011
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World Tourism Day, and Google Public Data Explore

Today is the World Tourism Day! So let’s speak about some tourism related datasets – and others. Among other nice functions, Google offers a Public Data Explore in a beta version which provides a collection of datasets from OECD, IMF, Eurostat, … Continue reading →

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Five new local R user groups

September 27, 2011
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Looks like there's been a lot of activity in the R user community in the Northern hemisphere now that the summer break is over. I've just added several new groups to the Local R User Group Directory: Tokyo, Japan: The Tokyo.R R study group has already had 17 meetings, but has just been added to the directory. Shanghai/East China:...

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Ghastly R code

September 27, 2011
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Ghastly R code

My R package, R/qtl, contains about 33k lines of R code (and 21k lines of C code). Some of it is quite good; some of it is terrible. Here’s another example of the terrible. I’ve long needed to revise the function scantwo, for performing a two-dimensional genome scan for pairs of loci. I was looking

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Obama recruiting analysts and R is one preferred skill

September 27, 2011
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Obama recruiting analysts and R is one preferred skill

Barack Obama is recruiting analysts for his 2012 re-election campaign. It is to analyze the campaign’s data to guide election strategy and develop quantitative, actionable insights that drive decision-making. R is mentioned as one of the tools to use. Analytics … Continue reading →

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workshop in Columbia [day 3]

September 26, 2011
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workshop in Columbia [day 3]

Although this was only a half-day of talks, the third day of the workshop was equally thought-challenging and diverse.  (I managed to miss the ten first minutes by taking a Line 3 train to 125th street, having overlooked the earlier split from Line 1… Crossing south Harlem on a Sunday morning is a fairly mild

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Gamified

September 26, 2011
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Gamified

Barry Rowlingson gave an interesting talk at UseR 2011, “Why R-help must die!” He suggested the Q-and-A type sites Stack Overflow (on programming) and Cross Validated (on statistics), both part of Stack Exchange. An interesting feature of these sites is that, in addition to voting up and down on the questions and answers, one accrues

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Visualizing Sampling Distributions

September 25, 2011
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Visualizing Sampling Distributions

Teacher: “How variable is your estimate of the mean?” Student: “Uhhh, it’s not. I took a sample and calculated the sample mean. I only have one number.” Teacher: “Yes, but what is the standard deviation of sample means?” Student: “What do you mean means, I only have the one friggin number.” Statisticians have a habit

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craps 0.1

September 22, 2011
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craps 0.1

The following script simulates a craps game in R any number of iterations with any starting amount of cash and any maximum odds and running until the user is out of cash.  It assumes a specific betting strategy as explained … Continue reading →

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Handbook of Markov chain Monte Carlo

September 21, 2011
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Handbook of Markov chain Monte Carlo

At JSM, John Kimmel gave me a copy of the Handbook of Markov chain Monte Carlo, as I had not (yet?!) received it. This handbook is edited by Steve Brooks, Andrew Gelman, Galin Jones, and Xiao-Li Meng, all first-class jedis of the MCMC galaxy. I had not had a chance to get a look at

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