Posts Tagged ‘ statistics ’

R Reference Card (PDF)

May 5, 2009
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Last week I posted a short tutorial on how to merge datasets using R. R is a free and open-source statistical computing software and programming language (get R here). The only downside is a steeper learning curve because the documentation is sparse and often difficult to understand at first. Once you start using it, you'll realize...

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Marriage and Happiness

April 7, 2009
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The Pew Research Center just published a piece reviewing their finding that people who are married report significantly greater levels of happiness than those who are unmarried. I always enjoy this result, particularly because of contemporary Western c...

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Inference for R

March 24, 2009
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Inference for R

CREATE AUTOMATICALLY UPDATED R CHARTS AND TABLES INSIDE WORD & EXCEL Decision Science News’ imagination has been recently captured by an innovative product called Inference for R. (R as in the open-source language for statistical computation.) To use it, you simply insert some code into your Microsoft Office documents. The Inference product connects to the

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American Immigration Trends

March 22, 2009
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The New York Times has a beautiful visualization of immigration trends in the United States since 1880. I highly recommend spending a few minutes playing with the interactive display.

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Causation’s Mistreated Sibling Correlation

March 6, 2009
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Causation’s Mistreated Sibling Correlation

This is why I love XKCD, though surely the best part of this strip was the mouseover: “correlation doesn’t imply causation, but it does waggle its eyebrows suggestively and gesture furtively while mouthing, ‘look over there’.”

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Wanderlust

March 4, 2009
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We Americans have a reputation as being unworldly. Given the results of the most recent Pew survey, perhaps we deserve it. Evidently, the majority of us never move out of our home states.

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Click Tracks and Beat Detection

March 4, 2009
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Being a drummer, a programmer and a fan of statistical analysis, this post on the (unnaturally) perfect timing of drum parts recorded to a click track was a real delight to me. Of course, many claims in the post are odd: it seems hard to imagine that a...

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Simulate parameters of a tobit model

March 3, 2009
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I got an email, asking me if our arm package can simulate tobit model to get simulated parameters. Indeed, arm does not suport tobit model. It only support sim() for lm, glm and mer classes in R. But it is not difficult to get a tobit verison of sim(). Here are the steps:1. fit a tobit...

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Color Schemes for R Bar Plots

March 1, 2009
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Color Schemes for R Bar Plots

A recurrent source of irritation for me is the absence of a good default behavior in R for choosing the color scheme for bar plots. A stacked bar plot looks only as good as the color scheme you use. In hope of finding a usable scheme that I could settl...

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What is R?

March 1, 2009
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What is R?

HighlightsR is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics. It compiles and runs on a wide variety of UNIX platforms, Windows and MacOS.   If you wish to download R, please choose your preferred CRAN mirror. Basic questions ...

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