Posts Tagged ‘ Google ’

Go faster R for Google’s summer of code 2012

March 28, 2012
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The R Foundation has been accepted for Google’s summer of code and I thought I would suggest a few ideas for projects. My interests are in optimization and source code analysis, so obviously the suggestions involve these topics. There are an infinite number of possible optimizations that can be applied to code (well, at least

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All I Don’t Know About Surveys

January 26, 2012
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All I Don’t Know About Surveys

I believe my survey experiment Survey Time illustrated later in this post and in Google’s Visualization of Survey Responses mainly pointed out how ignorant I am about the very complicated science of surveying from building the survey to the visualiza...

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Look Over My Shoulder with Hangout?

January 18, 2012
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Look Over My Shoulder with Hangout?

Inspired by the post More Office Hours in 2012 and the survey results, I thought I would offer office hours while blogging/playing in R.  If anyone is interested, please send me an email at kent.russell at timelyportfolio.com, or just look for me ...

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Gold price and fear

January 18, 2012
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Gold price and fear

Via @theEconomist, I understood that there might be connections between the price of Gold (which is said to be extremely high nowadays) and the VIX SP500 index (the option volatility index, i.e. the so-called "fear index", as discussed - in French-...

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Survey Time

January 11, 2012
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Survey Time

After I completed the vignette survey http://lamages.blogspot.com/2012/01/feedback-from-vignette-survey.html, I was amazed with the process, functionality, and potential R integration from Google Docs forms.  I just had to make one of my own. As I...

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Web Scraping Google URLs

November 7, 2011
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Web Scraping Google URLs

Google slightly changed the html code it uses for hyperlinks on search pages last Thursday, thus causing one of my scripts to stop working. Thankfully, this is easily solved in R thanks to the XML package and the power and simplicity of XPath expressions: Lovely jubbly! P.S. I know that there is an API of

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Google Spreadsheets API: Listing Individual Spreadsheet Sheets in R

September 7, 2011
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Google Spreadsheets API: Listing Individual Spreadsheet Sheets in R

In Using Google Spreadsheets as a Database Source for R, I described a simple Google function for pulling data into R from a Google Visualization/Chart tools API query language query applied to a Google spreadsheet, given the spreadsheet key and worksheet ID. But how do you get a list of sheets in spreadsheet, without opening

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Engineering Data Analysis (with R and ggplot2) – a Google Tech Talk given by Hadley Wickham

June 17, 2011
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Engineering Data Analysis (with R and ggplot2) – a Google Tech Talk given by Hadley Wickham

It appears that just days ago, Google Tech Talk released a new, one hour long, video of a presentation (from June 6, 2011) made by one of R’s community more influential contributors, Hadley Wickham. This seems to be one of the better talks to send a programmer friend who is interested in getting into R.

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Friday fun with: Google Trends

May 19, 2011
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Friday fun with: Google Trends

Some years ago, Google discovered that when people are concerned about influenza, they search for flu-related information and that to some extent, search traffic is an indicator of flu activity. Google Flu Trends was born. Illness is sweeping through our department this week and I have succumbed. It’s not flu but at one point, I

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Building a fact-based world view

January 7, 2011
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Building a fact-based world view

Gapminder is an independent foundation based in Stockholm, Sweden. Its mission is “to debunk devastating myths about the world by offering free access to a fact-based world view“. They provide free online tools, data (more than 400 datasets freely available!) and videos “to better understand the changing world“. The initial development of Gapminder was the

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