Monthly Archives: February 2010

Responding to the Flowingdata GDP Graph Challenge

February 25, 2010
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Responding to the Flowingdata GDP Graph Challenge

Nathan Yau of Flowingdata put up a challenge earlier today to improve upon a graph showing government spending as a percentage of GDP, published in the Economist. The underlying data wasn’t available. So I put on my graph-to-numbers glasses on and pulled out some data. Here it is in case you want to have a

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Nutritional supplements efficacy score – Graphing plots of current studies results (using R)

February 25, 2010
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Nutritional supplements efficacy score – Graphing plots of current studies results (using R)

In this post I showcase a nice bar-plot and a balloon-plot listing recommended Nutritional supplements , according to how much evidence exists for thier benefits, scroll down to see it(and click here for the data behind it) * * * * The gorgeous blog “Information Is Beautiful” recently publish an eye candy post showing a “balloon race” image...

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Solving Sudoku with Simulated Annealing

February 25, 2010
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Solving Sudoku with Simulated Annealing

How long would it take you to solve this devlishly hard Sudoku puzzle (from Le Monde)? You could do it the old-fashioned way -- with a pencil -- but Xi'an decided to solve it by programming a simulated annealing solver in R. The algorithm works by first guessing a solution at random -- filling in the empty cells above...

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inkblot: an alternative to stacked bar graphs

February 25, 2010
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inkblot: an alternative to stacked bar graphs

Sometimes it is not easy to get useful information from a stacked bar chart, see for instance this blogpost at Support Analytics.So-called inkblot charts, as discussed at Kaiser Fung's Junk Charts, allow the reader to focus on the evolution of a time series.Now how to make this kind of charts with R? I asked on StackOverflow....

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Interaction plot from cell means

February 24, 2010
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Interaction plot from cell means

I needed to produce a few a interaction plots for my book in R and, while the interaction.plot() function is useful it has a couple of drawbacks. First, the default output isn't very pretty. Second, it works from the raw data, whereas I often need plot...

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FFT (Fast Fourier Transform) of time series — promises and pitfalls towards trading

February 24, 2010
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FFT (Fast Fourier Transform) of time series  — promises and pitfalls towards trading

Fig 1. FFT transformed time series (EBAY) reconstructed with first three and twenty harmonics, respectively.I see quite a few traders interested in advanced signal processing techniques. It is often instructive to see why they may or may not be useful....

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ggplot2: Plotting Dates, Hours and Minutes

February 24, 2010
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ggplot2: Plotting Dates, Hours and Minutes

Plotting timeseries with dates on x-axis and times on y-axis can be a bit tricky in ggplot2. However, with a little trick this problem can be easily overcome. Let’s assume that I wanted to plot when the sun rises in London in 2010. sunriset function in maptools package calculates the sunrise times using algorithms provided

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PoRtable…

February 24, 2010
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PoRtable…

Jobless as I might be, I do have some clients for data analysis. I try not to visit them in their office coz then things get really slow and time-consuming. When I can’t escape this, the worst thing is tuning data and software with client. So, I have a USB with portable versions of my

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Object types in R: The fundamentals

February 24, 2010
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If you're a self-taught R programmer, you've probably grappled with the different kinds of objects you can use in the language. When should you use a list instead of a vector? What's the difference between a factor and character vector? These questions are easier to answer when you have some of the basics of R's object types down pat,...

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SoilWeb iPhone App: Beta-Testers?

February 23, 2010
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SoilWeb iPhone App: Beta-Testers?

iPhone App Screenshot rev 0.2 - icon iphone App Screenshot rev 0.2 - in Fresno   More Updates: The application is now...

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