Monthly Archives: June 2010

Connecting Revolution R to MySQL on Windows

June 4, 2010
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My colleague Saar Golde was having some troubles connecting Revolution R to MySQL on Windows (64-bit). Turned out the problem was the lack of an environment variable. He documented the instructions for fixing the problem on Windows 7, below. Thanks, Saar! The Problem: A client is about to send me a couple of large MySQL tables, so I needed...

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Debugging basics in R

June 4, 2010
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Jay Emerson, professor of statistics at Yale University, introduces basic core functions for simple debugging in R, including print(), cat() and browser(). This talk was presented at the NYC R Statistical Programming Language Meetup on June 3, 2010.

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How to Create an R Package in Windows

How to Create an R Package in Windows

There are many reasons to create an R package, such as codes protection, convenient usage, etc. However, creating an R package in Unix is not hard, it IS in Windows, as R is designed in a Unix environment which includes a set of compilers, programming utilities, and text-formatting routines while Windows lacks those. I used to build an R...

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inline 0.3.5

Yesterday morning, Romain pushed inline release 0.3.5 to CRAN. This is some ways a continuation of the 0.3.4 release I had made in December. That release had opened the door for the wide use of inline in our Rcpp package. And just how Rcpp has gro...

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Introductory Statistics with R

June 3, 2010
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Introductory Statistics with R

I am in the process of reading several books on R, S or statistics. I can't say that I have completed any of these - at least to the depth that I would like to... but I have found them helpful up to this point in various ways. I'll add to these book...

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Making Data Work online conference

June 3, 2010
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O'Reilly is hosting a conference on June 9 on the topic of the analysis of large data sets. The title of the conference is Making Data Work: Ever since Hal Varian proclaimed that data analysis is the sexy career for the coming decade, people have been talking about data. And big data. And even bigger data. This online conference,...

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MODIS processing with R, GDAL, and the NCO tools

June 3, 2010
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MODIS processing with R, GDAL, and the NCO tools

I use MODIS data for analysis of vegetation dynamics around the world.  The native HDF file format provided by NASA is great for archiving the data (it's amazing how much information they include in each file), but unfortunately there aren't many ...

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Political Science with R

June 3, 2010
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Political Science with R

As a discipline, Political Science -- the analysis of the theory and practice and politics -- has been around for quite a while. (Our own CEO here at Revolution Analytics, Norman Nie, has been a leading academic and author in the field for over 40 years.) But it's only in recent years that a deluge of data about politics...

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graph gallery collage

June 3, 2010
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graph gallery collage

It does not quite respect the one color only requirements of the mango's t-shirt contest, but I played with Shape Collage and the graphics from the graph gallery to make this

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Plans for a Real tty Connection

June 2, 2010
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I reverted the name of the tty connection that I described previously, to “serial” connection and updated the patch to R 2.11.1. This name is more appropriate to its function and also makes way for another patch I am working on which implements the full POSIX terminal interface (essentially all of termios.h). The connection provided

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