Posts Tagged ‘ poisson ’

Compound Poisson and vectorized computations

October 12, 2012
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Compound Poisson and vectorized computations

Yesterday, I was asked how to write a code to generate a compound Poisson variables, i.e. a series of random variables  where  is a counting random variable (here Poisson disributed) and where the 's are i.i.d (and ind...

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Time-Series Policy Evaluation in R

May 21, 2012
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Time-Series Policy Evaluation in R

Quantifying the success of government policies is clearly important. Randomized control trials, like those conducted by drug companies, are often described as the ‘gold-standard’ for policy evaluation. Under these, a policy is implemented in/to one area/group (treatment), but not in/to another (control). The difference in outcomes between the two areas or groups represents the effectiveness

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Infidelity and econometrics

January 17, 2012
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Infidelity and econometrics

On http://www.bakadesuyo.com, there was recently an interesting discussion about infidelity, the key question being "at what ages are men and women most likely to have affairs?" The discussion is based on some graphs, e.g. The source is a paper b...

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Open data might be a false good opportunity…

February 7, 2011
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Open data might be a false good opportunity…

I am always surprised to see many people on Twitter tweeting about #opendata, e.g. @data4all, @usdatagov, @datapublicatwit, @ProPublica or @open3 among so many others... Initially, I was also very enthousiastic, but I have to admit that open data a...

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Livin’ la Vida Poisson

November 5, 2010
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Livin’ la Vida Poisson

Yes, I did just mix English, Spanish and French. And no, I living the “fishy” life, popular opinion to the contrary. Here’s the story. As someone who spends the majority of his time working online, with no oversight, I notice that I tend to drift a lot. I don’t play solitaire, or farm for virtual

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R: More plotting fun with Poission

May 28, 2010
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R: More plotting fun with Poission

Coded as follows: x = seq(.001,50,.001) par(bg="black") par(mar=c(0,0,0,0)) plot(x,sin(1/x)*rpois(length(x),x),pch=20,col="blue")

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The guessing game in R (with a twist, of course)

May 27, 2010
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Maybe you remember playing this one as a kid. If you are about my age, you may have even created a version of this game as one of your first computer programs. You guess a number, the computer tells you if you if you are too low or high. I’ve limited the number of maximum

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R: more plotting fun, this time with the Poisson

April 21, 2010
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R: more plotting fun, this time with the Poisson

Click on image for a larger version. Here is the code: par(bg="black") par(mar=c(0,0,0,0)) plot(sort(rpois(10000,100))/rpois(10000,100),frame.plot=F,pch=20,col="blue")

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The truncated Poisson

February 21, 2010
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The truncated Poisson

A common model for counts data is the Poisson. There are cases however that we only record positive counts, ie there is a truncation of 0. This is the truncated Poisson model. To study this model we only need the total counts and the sample size. This comes from the sufficient statistic principle as the

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