501 days of Summer (school)

January 19, 2018
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501 days of Summer (school)

As I anticipated earlier, we're now ready to open registration for our Summer School in Florence (I was waiting for UCL to set up the registration system and thought it may take much longer than it actually did $-$ so well done UCL!).We'll probably have a few changes here and there in the timetable $-$ we're thinking of introducing some...

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Sketchnotes from TWiML&AI #92: Learning State Representations with Yael Niv

January 18, 2018
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Sketchnotes from TWiML&AI #92: Learning State Representations with Yael Niv

These are my sketchnotes for Sam Charrington’s podcast This Week in Machine Learning and AI about Learning State Representations with Yael Niv: https://twimlai.com/twiml-talk-92-learning-state-representations-yael-niv/ Sketchnotes from TWiMLAI talk...

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SatRday in South Africa

January 18, 2018
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SatRday in South Africa

What is SatRday? SatRday in Cape Town Be in it to win it Jumping Rivers is proud to be sponsoring the upcoming SatRday conference in Cape Town, South Africa on 17th March...

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Registration and talk proposals now open for useR!2018

January 18, 2018
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Registration is now open for useR! 2018, the official R user conference to be held in Brisbane, Australia July 10-13. If you haven't been to a useR! conference before,...

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Check your prior posterior overlap (PPO) – MCMC wrangling in R made easy with `MCMCvis`

January 18, 2018
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Check your prior posterior overlap (PPO) – MCMC wrangling in R made easy with `MCMCvis`

When fitting a Bayesian model using MCMC (often via JAGS/BUGS/Stan), a number of checks are typically performed to make sure your model is worth interpreting without further manipulation (remember:...

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Bitcoin (World Map) Bubbles

January 18, 2018
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Bitcoin (World Map) Bubbles

We’re doing some interesting studies (cybersecurity-wise, not finance-wise) on digital currency networks at work-work and — while I’m loathe to create a geo-map from IPv4 geolocation data — we:...

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Getting started with spatial data in R – EdinbR talk

January 18, 2018
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Slides from January 2018 EdinbR session on spatial data in R.

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R-Akademie back in town – eoda R training returns to Hamburg in April

January 18, 2018
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R-Akademie back in town – eoda R training returns to Hamburg in April

After last year’s successful premiere, the eoda R-Akademie on the Road will be back in Hamburg this year for four inspiring days of professional R training for data scientists,...

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While you wait for that to finish, can I interest you in parallel processing?

January 17, 2018
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While you wait for that to finish, can I interest you in parallel processing?

caret has been able to utilize parallel processing for some time (before it was on CRAN in October 2007) using slightly different versions of the package. Around September of...

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Computational genomics course in Berlin: Bisulfite-sequencing and data integration

January 17, 2018
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Bioinformatics platform at Berlin Institute for Medical Systems Biology has been organizing computational genomics courses in Berlin since 2015. This year we will focus on bisulfite sequencing analysis and genomics data...

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Package Management for Reproducible R Code

January 17, 2018
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Package Management for Reproducible R Code

Any programming environment should be optimized for its task, and not all tasks are alike. For example, if you are exploring uncharted mountain ranges, the portability of a...

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Importance sampling adds an interesting twist to Monte Carlo simulation

January 17, 2018
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Importance sampling adds an interesting twist to Monte Carlo simulation

I’m contemplating the idea of teaching a course on simulation next fall, so I have been exploring various topics that I might include. (If anyone has great ideas either...

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Microsoft R Open 3.4.3 now available

January 17, 2018
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Microsoft R Open (MRO), Microsoft's enhanced distribution of open source R, has been upgraded to version 3.4.3 and is now available for download for Windows, Mac, and Linux. This...

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PWFSLSmoke 1.0: Visualizing Wildfire Smoke Data

January 17, 2018
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PWFSLSmoke 1.0: Visualizing Wildfire Smoke Data

Mazama Science has released the first official version (1.0) of the PWFSLSmoke R package for working with PM2.5 monitoring data. A beta version was released last year, along with...

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Data Reshaping with cdata

January 17, 2018
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Data Reshaping with cdata

I’ve just shared a short webcast on data reshaping in R using the cdata package. (link) We also have two really nifty articles on the theory and methods: Fluid...

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simmer.bricks 0.1.0: new add-on for simmer

January 17, 2018
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The new package simmer.bricks has found its way to CRAN. The simmer package provides a rich and flexible API to build discrete-event simulations. However, there are certain recurring patterns that are typed over...

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RcppMsgPack 0.2.1

January 16, 2018
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Am update of RcppMsgPack got onto CRAN today. It contains a number of enhancements Travers had been working on, as well as one thing CRAN asked us to...

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fulltext v1: text-mining scholarly works

The problem Text-mining - the art of answering questions by extracting patterns, data, etc. out of the published literature - is not easy. It’s made incredibly difficult because of publishers. It...

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A simple way to set up a SparklyR cluster on Azure

January 16, 2018
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A simple way to set up a SparklyR cluster on Azure

The SparklyR package from RStudio provides a high-level interface to Spark from R. This means you can create R objects that point to data frames stored in the Spark...

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conapomx data package

January 15, 2018
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I have created a new data package for R to help users obtain national population statistics of Mexico. The conapomx package contains the mxpopulation data set, which is a tidy...

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conapomx data package

January 15, 2018
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I have created a new data package for R to help users obtain national population statistics of Mexico. The conapomx package contains the mxpopulation data set, which is a tidy...

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Extracting data from Twitter for @hrbrmstr’s #nom foodie images

January 15, 2018
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Extracting data from Twitter for @hrbrmstr’s #nom foodie images

Bob Rudis (@hrbrmstr) is a famed expert, author and developer in Data Security and the Chief Security Data Scientist at Rapid7. Bob also creates the most deliciously vivid images...

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5 Things I Learned Making a Package to Work with Hydrometric Data in R

5 Things I Learned Making a Package to Work with Hydrometric Data in R

One of the best things about learning R is that no matter your skill level, there is always someone who can benefit from your experience. Topics in R ranging...

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How to make your machine learning model available as an API with the plumber package

January 15, 2018
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How to make your machine learning model available as an API with the plumber package

The plumber package for R makes it easy to expose existing R code as a webservice via an API (Trestle Technology, LLC 2017). You take an existing R script and...

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A guide to GPU-accelerated ship recognition in satellite imagery using Keras and R (part I)

January 15, 2018
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A guide to GPU-accelerated ship recognition in satellite imagery using Keras and R (part I)

Problem overview This article will be divided into a series of posts. In this post, I will explain the basic concepts behind convolutional neural networks and how to build them...

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Can’t Stop at 21: Twitter Recipe #22 — Tying Up Loose Threads

January 15, 2018
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Can’t Stop at 21: Twitter Recipe #22 — Tying Up Loose Threads

NOTE: The likelihood of this recipe being added to the recent practice bookdown book is slim, but I’ll try to keep the same format for the blog post. Problem...

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Base R can be Fast

January 15, 2018
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Base R can be Fast

“Base R” (call it “Pure R”, “Good Old R”, just don’t call it “Old R” or late for dinner) can be fast for in-memory tasks. This is despite the...

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Natural Language Processing for non-English languages with udpipe

January 15, 2018
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Natural Language Processing for non-English languages with udpipe

BNOSAC is happy to announce the release of the udpipe R package (https://bnosac.github.io/udpipe/en) which is a Natural Language Processing toolkit that provides language-agnostic 'tokenization', 'parts of speech tagging', 'lemmatization',...

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«smooth» package for R. Common ground. Part III. Exogenous variables. Basic stuff

January 15, 2018
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«smooth» package for R. Common ground. Part III. Exogenous variables. Basic stuff

One of the features of the functions in smooth package is the ability to use exogenous (aka “external”) variables. This potentially leads to the increase in the forecasting accuracy...

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