Monthly Archives: October 2009

Calculating Scale Scores for Psychological Tests

October 4, 2009
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This post discusses how to calculate scale scores for multi-item scales. A lot of psychological research uses multi-item scales (e.g., personality tests, symptoms check lists, surveys, etc.). This post focuses on the issues involved with computing thes...

Using doc-view with auto-revert to view LaTeX PDF output in Emacs

October 3, 2009
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$Using doc-view with auto-revert to view LaTeX PDF output in Emacs$

When I am authoring a document in Emacs, such as a report or my CV, it is useful for me to compile the source file periodically to see what the resulting file PDF looks like. I used to run a separate PDF viewer to look at the output, but I now have a complete Emacs

Examples using R – Randomized Block Design

October 3, 2009
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Problem : We wish to determine whether or not four different tips produce different readings on a hardness testing machine. An experiment such as these might be part of a gauge capability study. The machine operates by pressingthe tip into a metal test coupon, and frm the depth of the resulting depression, the hardness of… Read More »

Data Mining and Statistics Video Course

October 3, 2009
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David Mease has an online course presented with complete videos (Statistics 202: Statistical Aspects of Data Mining ). The course uses Excel and R.I might update this post with a few notes below on what is covered as I get a chance to watch t...

smoothScatter in base R

October 2, 2009
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smoothScatter function is now available also in base R - in the recommended package graphics that is shipped with R. Originally this function was in the genepplotter package from Bioconductor. I really like it since it can nicely plot large datasets. B...

Make Safari behave as Firefox

Some weeks ago I switched from Firefox to Safari. While Safari is -- in my experience -- quicker, better looking, and has Top Sites, I was also missing some functionality of firefox. To be more precise, I missed the 'search when start typing' option, a...

R Object Tooltips in ESS

October 1, 2009
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This post originally appeared on my Wordpress blog on October 1, 2009. I present it here in its original form. Whether at work or for personal projects, I use ESS a lot to perform interactive data analyses. The ability to write, edit, and su...