Monthly Archives: June 2010

World Bank API R package available!

June 23, 2010
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World Bank API R package available!

In previous posts I demonstrated R plots created using World Bank Data through their API.  The following is a much nicer example of what is possible.  Many thanks to Vincent Arel-Bundock for sharing his work to make the World Bank D...

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R Commander – logistic regression

June 23, 2010
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R Commander – logistic regression

We can use the R Commander GUI to fit logistic regression models with one or more explanatory variables. There are also facilities to plot data and consider model diagnostics. The same series of menus as for linear models are used to fit a logistic regression model. Fast Tube by Casper The “Statistics” menu provides access to various

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How to: Debug in R

June 23, 2010
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Revolution Analytics is proud to sponsor the New York R User Group. The last meeting was on the theme of debugging in R, and some videos of the talks are now available at the Video Rchive. Jay Emerson have a talk on Basic debugging in R and Harlan Harris dived deeper on advanced debugging techniques. Also presenting were Peter...

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Scoping Bugs

June 22, 2010
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I ran a across a strange bug in R recently. Like all the best programming languages, R treats functions as first class objects. That is to say that functions can be passed as arguments and return values from functions, named as variables, and, while not part of the strict definition of first class...

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Linear Modeling in R and the Hubble Bubble

June 22, 2010
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Linear Modeling in R and the Hubble Bubble

Here is a scatter plot with the coordinate labels deliberately omitted. Figure 1. Do you see any trends? How would you model these data? It just so happens that this scatterplot is arguably the most famous scatterplot in history. One aficionado, writing more than forty years after its publication, commented skeptically :" data points were consequently spread...

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Reaching escape velocity

June 22, 2010
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Reaching escape velocity

Sample once from the Uniform(0,1) distribution. Call the resulting value . Multiply this result by some constant . Repeat the process, this time sampling from Uniform(0, ). What happens when the multiplier is 2? How big does the multiplier have to be to force divergence. Try it and see: iters = 200 locations = rep(0,iters)

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Analyzing competitive nordic skiing with R

June 22, 2010
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Analyzing competitive nordic skiing with R

Here's another great example of R being used to analyze sports data. Statistician and skier Joran Elias has started a project to analyze and visualize international cross country ski racing results, and he publishes his analysis at the blog Statistical Skier. All of the analyses are done using R (and for data, SQLite via the RSQLite package). As much...

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Employee productivity as function of number of workers revisited

June 22, 2010
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Employee productivity as function of number of workers revisited

We have a mild obsession with employee productivity and how that declines as companies get bigger. We have previously found that when you treble the number of workers, you halve their individual productivity which is mildly scary. We revisit the analysis for the...

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The most violent municipalities in Mexico (2008)

June 21, 2010
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The most violent municipalities in Mexico (2008)

The top six most violent municipalities are near the US border. Ciudad Juárez is in a class by itself with 113 homicides per 100,000 people. José Azueta is the municipality where Zihuatanejo is located. Mazátlan, another popular tourist destination, also appears on the list.  Lázaro Cárdenas is the largest seaport in Mexico and ever since the...

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R Layout command.

June 21, 2010
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R Layout command.

In the previous post I created a chart but could not figure out to fit the legend in the chart area. Peter Carl pointed me to the layout command which partitions the display area and allowed the the legend to be included. Source code to produce the c...

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