Monthly Archives: May 2010

Canadian CPI: Visualization Brainstorm

May 27, 2010
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After finishing the R prototype for data visualization, I've started abstracting the various methods necessary to create beautiful graphs. While there's no preliminary version of the R package yet, I think I've taken a number of exciting steps. These include: Abstracting graph objects. Objects such as lines, scatter plots, and other graph types can all

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Solving Factor Models

May 27, 2010
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WU Wien presentations

Last week I had the opportunity to spend a few days at the Institute for Statistics and Mathematics of the WU Vienna / Wirtschaftsuniversitaet Wien. On Thursday, I gave a seminar on Rcpp and RInside introducing all the recent work with Romain on makin...

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How to map your Twitter social network

May 26, 2010
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How to map your Twitter social network

Ever wondered which Twitterers you and a friend share? Using R and the twitteR package, there's an easy way to find out. Cornelius Puschmann hacked together some R code to do just that for the Humanities and Technology Camp and it seems to work pretty well. Just replace 'coffee001' with the your Twitter username, 'mypassword' with your Twitter password,...

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Zone of instability

May 26, 2010
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Zone of instability

I woke up from my afternoon nap feeling a bit off-kilter, so I decided to go for another random walk. In particular, I wanted a journey that avoided the center, but didn’t just run for an exit either. After playing around for a while I came up with this: # Take a wacky walk, return

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Voter targeting with R

May 26, 2010
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Voter targeting with R

Voter targeting for turnout is the process of scoring registered voters using demographic and electoral variables taken from voter lists and commercial databases. The score of all voters together is used to predict overall turnout, which determines the allocation of campaign resources and directs strategy for voter contact and communication. Targeting for turnout is a

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Testing Out my Pitch F/X Data

May 25, 2010
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Testing Out my Pitch F/X Data

I recently got all the Pitch F/X data downloaded from Gameday, and have been fiddling around. I certainly don't have the physics knowledge to really talk about the movement at this point, and I'm still acquainting myself with the data format and what e...

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Use SQL queries to manipulate data frames in R with sqldf package

May 25, 2010
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I've covered a few topics in the past including the plyr package, which is kind of like "GROUP BY" for R, and the merge function for merging datasets. I only recently found the sqldf package for R, and it's already one of the most useful packages I've ever installed. The main function in the package is sqldf(), which takes...

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German Tanks, Statistical Intelligence

May 25, 2010
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German Tanks, Statistical Intelligence

In World War II, the Allies had a problem: German tanks were often captured, but how many more did the Nazis have in reserve? Allied intelligence estimated around 1400 Panther tanks were being produced a month: a formidable arsenal, and perhaps an insurmountable one given the much smaller numbers being captured or destroyed. But those captured tanks provided exactly...

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The Kalman Filter For Financial Time Series

May 25, 2010
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The Kalman Filter For Financial Time Series

Every now and then I come across a tool that is so bogged down in pages of esoteric mathematical calculations, it becomes difficult to get even a simple grasp of how or why they might be useful. Even worse, you exhaustively search the internet to find ...

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