Posts Tagged ‘ Soapbox ’

Next Kölner R User Meeting: 5 October 2012

September 25, 2012
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Next Kölner R User Meeting: 5 October 2012

The next Cologne R user group meeting is scheduled for 5 October 2012. All details and the agenda are available on the KölnRUG Meetup site. Please sign up if you would like to come along. Notes from the last Cologne R user group meeting are available ...

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Are career motivations changing?

August 28, 2012
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Are career motivations changing?

The German news magazine Der Spiegel published a series of articles around career developments. The stories suggest that career aspirations of young professionals today are somewhat different to those of previous generations in Germany. Apparen...

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Sigma motion visual illusion in R

August 21, 2012
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Sigma motion visual illusion in R

Michael Bach, who is a professor and vision scientist at the University of Freiburg, maintains a fascinating site about visual illusions. One visual illusion really surprised me: the sigma motion. The sigma motion displays a flickering figure of bla...

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London Olympics 100m men’s sprint results

August 5, 2012
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London Olympics 100m men’s sprint results

The 100m mean's sprint finals of the 2012 London Olympics are over and Usain Bolt won the gold medal again with a winning time of 9.63s. Time to compare the result with my forecast of 9.68s, posted on 22 July.My simple log-linear model predicted ...

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Bridget Riley exhibition in London

July 11, 2012
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Bridget Riley exhibition in London

The other day I saw a fantastic exhibition of work by Bridget Riley. Karsten Schubert, who is Riley's main agent, has a some of her most famous and influential artwork from 1960 - 1966 on display, including the seminal Moving Squares from 1961.Photo of...

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Reminder: Next Kölner R User Meeting 6 July 2012

June 27, 2012
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Reminder: Next Kölner R User Meeting 6 July 2012

This post is a quick reminder that the next Cologne R user group meeting is only one week away. We will meet on 6 July 2012. The meeting will kick off at 18:00 with three short talks at the Institute of Sociology and will continue, even more informal, ...

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End User Computing and why R can help meeting Solvency II

May 20, 2012
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End User Computing and why R can help meeting Solvency II

John D. Cook gave a great talk about 'Why and how people use R'. The talk resonated with me and highlighted why R is such a great tool for end user computing. A topic which has become increasingly important in the European insurance industry.John's mai...

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From the Guardian’s data blog: Visualising risk

April 20, 2012
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From the Guardian’s data blog: Visualising risk

The Guardian published a nice summary and link collection of an interdisciplinary visualisation workshop hosted by Microsoft dedicated to visualising probability and risk. Check it out here.OECD better life indexThe links I found most interesting were ...

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German train monitor provides access to train delay data

March 10, 2012
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German train monitor provides access to train delay data

The German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) worked together with OpenDataCity to create an online train monitor of the German network: Zugmonitor. This is another great example of the new form of data journalism.The project provides access to data o...

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Show me the data! Or how to digitize plots

February 27, 2012
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Show me the data! Or how to digitize plots

I had mentioned the Guardian's data blog and the need for more data journalism earlier here. What I really like about the Guardian's approach in particular is that they share the data of their articles and encourage readers to use it.Of course there ar...

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