Monthly Archives: June 2010

Stock Analysis using R

June 26, 2010
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Stock Analysis using R

Want to do some quick, in depth technical analysis of Apple stock price using R? Theres a package for that!The Quantmod package allows you to develop, testing, and deploy of statistically based trading models.  It provides the infrastructure for d...

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Read Compressed Zip Files in R

June 25, 2010
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Read Compressed Zip Files in R

One of the great things that I am learning about R is that it is really powerful as a data management tool.  I just found how to unzip files.  I could use Python for this in SPSS, but it just feels like it is more natural to do in R.  Of course, you have to

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Because it’s Friday: Insect sex

June 25, 2010
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Birds do it, bees do it. But the bees and their insect brethren definitely do it in a more interesting way. Don't believe me? Check out Isabella Rosselini's description of bee sex and the other videos in her educational "Green Porno" series. It's fascinating stuff. For some light summer reading, I also recommend Olivia Judson's "Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice...

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Pollution from the BP oil spill

June 25, 2010
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Pollution from the BP oil spill

There's been a lot of talk about the slicks and plumes of oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster, but how does the presence of that oil translate into measurable pollution in the air, water, and sediment? The EPA is now releasing pollutants and making the data available for analysis. Because the data are online, it's a simple process to...

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ASCII Scatterplots in R

June 25, 2010
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ASCII Scatterplots in R

I really like R‘s stem function, it creates a stem-and-leaf plot right in the R console, no fancy graphics devices required! In a recent R-help post, Ralf Bierig presented a very nice ASCII scatterplot representing two densities. Unfortunately, I don’t know of any R function that will generate this type of plot, but I will

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R Commander – two-way analysis of variance

June 25, 2010
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R Commander – two-way analysis of variance

Two way analysis of variance models can be fitted to data using the R Commander GUI. The general approach is similar to fitting the other types of model in R Commander described in previous posts. Fast Tube by Casper The “Statistics” menu provides access to some analysis of variance models via the “Means” sub-menu: Multi-way ANOVA – the

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R Commander – one-way analysis of variance

June 25, 2010
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R Commander – one-way analysis of variance

One way analysis of variance models can be fitted to data using the R Commander GUI. The general approach is similar to fitting the other types of model in R Commander described in previous posts. Fast Tube by Casper The “Statistics” menu provides access to some analysis of variance models via the “Means” sub-menu: One-way ANOVA – the

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Surf

June 25, 2010
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A new R user group has launched in Sydney. It aims to bring together both experienced R users and complete beginners. The forum will meet monthly with talks on a wide range of subjects exploring all of the facets of this powerful tool.

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Graphing Twitter friends/followers with R (updated)

June 24, 2010
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Edit: And here is an update of the update, this one contributed by Kai Heinrich. Here’s an updated version of my script from last month, something I’ve been meaning to do for a while. I thank Anatol Stefanowitsch and Gábor Csárdi for improving my quite sloppy code. # Load twitteR and igraph packages. library(twitteR) library(igraph)

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Why Learn R? It’s the language of Statistics

June 24, 2010
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In the Introduction to his book “R for SAS and SPSS Users” (Springer 2009) Robert Muenchen offers ten reasons for learning R if you already know SAS or SPSS. All ten reasons say something important about R. However, his fourth reason: “R’s language is more powerful than SAS or SPSS. R developers write most of their analytic methods using...

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