Monthly Archives: February 2010

Two New Soils-Related KMZ Demos

February 10, 2010
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Two New Soils-Related KMZ Demos

LCC KMZ Soil Texture KMZ   Forgot to post these KMZ files: 1-km scale, aggregate LCC and soil texture data, derived from SSURGO. These are part of a series of KMZ / raster...

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Video: What is R?

February 10, 2010
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By popular demand, we've made the video of our 30-minute webcast "The R Project" available on YouTube so that everyone can easily watch it. If you (or a friend!) have ever wondered what this R thing is all about, this is the video for you. Here's the first part: Because of YouTube restrictions it's split up into four parts,...

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Loglinear models using R

February 10, 2010
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Loglinear models using R

For those sociologists who want to estimate complicated loglinear models (e.g. Goodman's RC model) using R, the package "VGAM" seems to be a good choice.

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Speeding up simulations with Amazon EC2

February 10, 2010
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Over at Cerebral Mastication, JD Long tells a characteristically entertaining and informative story about how he uses R to run stochastic simulations of insurance portfolios and reinsurance treaties. A typical job involves 10,000 simulations, and when each estimate takes over 20 seconds you're talking some serious time to get the job done. Fortunately, this is the kind of problem...

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LocusZoom: Plot regional association results from GWAS

February 10, 2010
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Update Friday, May 14, 2010: See this newer post on LocusZoom. If you caught Cristen Willer's seminar here a few weeks ago you saw several beautiful figures in the style of a manhattan plot, but zoomed in around a region of interest, with several ot...

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Easy way of determining number of lines/records in a given large file using R

February 10, 2010
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Dear Readers,Today I would like to post the easy way of determining number of lines/records in any given large file using R.Directly to point.1) If data set is small let say less than 50MB or around in R one can read it with ease using: length(readLines("xyzfile.csv"))2) But if data set is too large say more...

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Typos in Chapters 1, 4 & 8

February 10, 2010
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Typos in Chapters 1, 4 & 8

Thomas Clerc from Fribourg pointed out an embarassing typo in Chapter 8 of “Introducing Monte Carlo Methods with R”, namely that I defined on page 247 the complex number as the squared root of 1 and not of -1! Not that this impacts much on the remainder of the book but still an embarassment!!! An

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Frank Harrell to teach Regression Modeling Strategies short course

February 9, 2010
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If you're using regression models but want really hone your regression-fu this short course on Regression Modeling Strategies by Frank Harrell looks really interesting. Frank is the author of the book Regression Modeling Strategies which is my go-to reference whenever I'm doing regression of any kind in R, so it's definitely worth a trip to Nashville to if you...

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Using the R multicore package in Linux with wild and passionate abandon

February 9, 2010
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Using the R multicore package in Linux with wild and passionate abandon

One of my primary uses for R is to build stochastic simulations of insurance portfolios and reinsurance treaties. It’s not uncommon for each of my simulations to take 20 seconds or more to complete (if you’re doing the math, that’s 55 hours for 10K sims or, approximately 453 games of solitaire) . Initially I ran

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Package Update Roundup: Dec 2009 – Jan 2010

February 9, 2010
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A special double edition of the Package Update Roundup this month! This is a list of new or updated packages that were released for R in December and January, as announced on the r-packages mailing list. To include other updates on this list, please email David Smith. For a complete list of all updates on CRAN, see the CRANberries...

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