Monthly Archives: February 2010

Genetic Algorithm Systematic Trading Development — Part 3 (Python/VBA)

February 20, 2010
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Genetic Algorithm Systematic Trading Development — Part 3  (Python/VBA)

As mentioned in prior posts, it is not possible to use the standard Weka GUI to instantiate a Genetic Algorithm, other than for feature selection. Part of the reason is that there is no generic algorithm to instantiate a fitness function. The same fl...

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lme4 stands 4 Linear mixed-effects…

February 19, 2010
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lme4 stands 4 Linear mixed-effects…

There is a certain hype about mixed (and random) effects among statistician and analysts. You can show some love to Douglas Bates and Martin Maechler for maintaing the lme4 package for our cupid, R I copy the entity of the information of the projects page. Doxygen documentation of the underlying C functions is here. The

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R exam postprocessing

February 19, 2010
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R exam postprocessing

Following my three-fold R exam of last month, I had a depressing afternoon meeting (with other faculty members) some students who had submitted R codes that were suspiciously close to other submitted R codes… In other words, it looked very  likely they had cheated. (A long-term issue with my R course, alas!) During this meeting,

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Where did all the bankers go?

February 19, 2010
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Where did all the bankers go?

When Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns and Merrill Lynch went kablooie in the financial crisis, what happened to all their employees? Thanks to the magic of LinkedIn data, their Chief Scientist DJ Patil can answer that question: they went to the surviving banks: It's a great, if tantalizingly incomplete visualization -- I'd love to see this with "Other (non-bank) employers"...

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How to call C++ from R with ease

February 19, 2010
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At last night's meeting of the ACM Student Chapter at the University of Chicago, DIrk Eddelbuettel gave an invited guest lecture, "Programming with Data: Using and Extending R". I wasn't there myself, but Dirk has already posted his slides, and they're a treat. After a backgrounder on R itself (BTW, I'm flattered he referenced my Introduction to R talk...

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Newspaper flubs probability calculation

February 19, 2010
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That headline's right up there with "Dog Bites Man" for shock value, but the Daily Express in the UK isn't one to let mere probability stand in the way of a sensational headline like "Mum beats odds of 50 million to one to have 3 babies on same date". As Ben Goldacre helpfully explains, the probability is actually a...

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U of C ACM talk

February 18, 2010
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Fellow GSoC mentor and local ACM masterminder Borja Sotomayor had invited me a few months ago to give a talk at the ACM chapter at the University of Chicago. Today was the day, and the slides from the 50-minutes talk on R and extending R with Rcpp ar...

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Corruption indicators in Mexico

February 18, 2010
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Corruption indicators in Mexico

As you can see there is only a slight positive correlation between the corruption index of the Mexican chapter of Transparency International and the percentage of students who cheated on the Grade 6 ENLACE test*. What I find surprising is that there is...

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Joining R-bloggers

February 18, 2010
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Joining R-bloggers

Upon request by the blog administrator, Tal Galili, I have joined R-bloggers, which aggregate blog entries about R into a central place. I feel I have much more to learn than to teach about R (as can be seen from earlier comments on my R programs in Introducing Monte Carlo Methods with R). As I

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Press Enter in LyX Sweave as You Wish

February 18, 2010
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Press Enter in LyX Sweave as You Wish

or a long time I’ve been wondering why we are not able to use Enter in the LyX Scrap environment which was set up by Gregor Gorjanc for Sweave. Two weeks ago, I (finally!) could not help asking Gregor about this issue, as I’m using “LyX + Sweave” more and more in my daily work.

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