Monthly Archives: June 2010

PostGIS in Action Book Review

June 8, 2010
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PostGIS in Action Book Review

I was recently asked to review a soon to be published book on PostGIS, a spatial extension to the very popular Postgresql relational database. I was very excited about receiving an early copy of this book, as the authors have provided countless tips, ...

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R is eve R ywhe R e

June 8, 2010
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R is eve R ywhe R e

R did definitely not start to be THE statistical computing tool. The “two Rs” in far down-under just needed some tool which was not too expensive and structured enough to support the elementary statistics classes filled with hundreds of students. Another constraint was the computing lab which was large enough, but “only” filled with Mac

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Norman Nie talks R and statistics with CNET’s Dave Rosenberg

June 8, 2010
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Revolution's CEO Norman Nie recently gave an interview to CNET's Dave Rosenberg, who blogs on disrupting the software market. Among the topics covered: What is R (Nie: "R is the most powerful statistical computing language on the planet"), what is predictive analytics ("statistical modeling by another name") and plans for Revolution R ("we intend to bring predictive analytics to...

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Could we run a statistical analysis on iPhone/iPad using R?

June 8, 2010
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Could we run a statistical analysis on iPhone/iPad using R?

Imprtent update to the post (17.07.10) I now came across David smith’s post on the REvolution blog, pointing to instruction on the R wiki for how to install R on the iPhone! I didn’t try it myself since it both requires jailbreaking the iPhone, and I don’t have an iPhone. But it is still interesting to know of. Preface...

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What is R?

June 7, 2010
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Probably the question I get asked the most about R is, "What is R"? It's can be a hard question to answer, because R is so many things. It's data analysis software. It's an environment for data analysis. It's a language. It's an open-source project. It's a community. The Wikipedia page for R does a great job of describing...

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Ruby Script to parse ISBNs listed in R-Project to populate an Amazon

June 7, 2010
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Ruby Script to parse ISBNs listed in  R-Project to populate an Amazon

As you probably figured out, I am an Amazon affiliate and have been giving some thought to how to get the best lists of R books available at Amazon. To get the list of ISBNs from R-Project, the following Ruby script did the trick:require 'rubygems'req...

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Example 7.40: Nelson-Aalen plotting

June 7, 2010
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Example 7.40: Nelson-Aalen plotting

In our previous entry, we described how to calculate the Nelson-Aalen estimate of cumulative hazard. In this entry, we display the estimates for the time to linkage to primary care for both the treatment and control groups in the HELP study.RWe use the...

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An Interest Rate R Package Plan

An Interest Rate R Package Plan

I recently have done some empirical studies on zero-coupon bond modelling and pricing, and plan to create an interest rate R package in order to make it re-usable, as I find there are only two R package on it, one is http://cran.r-project.org/web/pack...

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Using R for Introductory Statistics 3.2

June 6, 2010
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Using R for Introductory Statistics 3.2

...continuing my sloth-like progress through John Verzani's Using R for Introductory Statistics. Previous installments: Chapters 1 and 2 and 3.1. Comparing independent samples Boxplots provide a visual comparison between two or more distributions. Fo...

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biomaRt and GenomeGraphs: a worked example

June 6, 2010
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biomaRt and GenomeGraphs: a worked example

As promised a few posts ago, another demonstration of the excellent biomaRt package, this time in conjunction with GenomeGraphs. Here’s what we’re going to do: Grab some public microarray data Normalise and get a list of the most differentially-expressed probesets Use biomaRt to fetch the genes associated with those probesets Plot the data using GenomeGraphs

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