Monthly Archives: August 2007

Including arguments in R CMD BATCH mode

August 16, 2007
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When you have multiple computers or processors at your disposal and wish to run the same script with different arguments, use the following at the command line (here described for Linux; remove the linebreak, it is just there for display purposes):$ R CMD BATCH --no-save --no-restore '--args a=1 b=c(2,5,6)'test.R test.out & Where test.R is the R script file you wish...

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Review of Jim Albert’s Bayesian Computation with R

August 14, 2007
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When I first read Andrew Gelman's quick off-the-cuff review of the book Bayesian Computation with R, I thought it was a bit harsh. So did Gelman.I thumbed through the book at the joint statistical meetings, and decided to buy it along with Bayesian Cor...

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A new default prior distribution for logistic and other regression coefficients

August 14, 2007
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This (by Aleks, Grazia, Yu-Sung, and myself) is really cool. Here's the abstract: We propose a new prior distribution for classical (non-hierarchical) logistic regression models, constructed by first scaling all nonbinary variables to have mea...

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Open Source/Science – drilling down to unknown depths in unexpected places

August 12, 2007
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Open Source/Science – drilling down to unknown depths in unexpected places

Yet another point John Chambers addressed in his key note speech (see previous post Programing as a higher craft) was the virtue of Open Source software. According to John there are two principles for programing (with R) Enable effective and … Continue reading →

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Programing as a higher craft

August 11, 2007
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Programing as a higher craft

In his keynote speech at the useR! meeting John Chambers of Statistics research at Bell Labs (one of the founders of the S System, which subsequently gave rise to the R project) asked the question what is programing? As it … Continue reading →

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rgl: R and OpenGL

August 11, 2007
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rgl: R and OpenGL

There were many presentations at the useR! meeting showing off amazing graphics that I had no idea R was capable of. It is clear to me that graphically speaking I have been living in the dark ages until now. One … Continue reading →

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Things overheard at the useR! meeting

August 11, 2007
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Things overheard at the useR! meeting

Here are a few things I overheard at the useR! meeting. These comments and quotes do not necessarily represent my opinions (although many do) and since many of them were overheard in informal discussions and rants I will not name … Continue reading →

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Report from the useR! meeting in Ames

August 10, 2007
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Report from the useR! meeting in Ames

I was not sure what to expect at this meeting. The only thing I was certain about was that I was not about to experience wiener schnitzels, waltz and Austrian high culture (in contrast to last years useR! meeting). Despite … Continue reading →

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Looking for a few good beta testers

August 7, 2007
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Looking for a few good beta testers

Sitting in a dreary hotel room in San Jose with Interstate 101 on my left and a burger joint/truck stop on my right (see previous post Report from the meeting of the Ecological Society of America in San Jose for … Continue reading →

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RinWIN: Character eaten by cmd or Powershell? R.exe or Rterm.exe?

August 6, 2007
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Problem Description: When running R2.6.0(built with MinGW) in PowerShell (PS> /bin/R.exe), one can exit the running code with CTRL-C. However, the following situation is rather cratchy : the shell would (almost always) consequently omit the first ch...

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