Monthly Archives: July 2010

New Fantasy Ball Junkie Article

July 30, 2010
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New Fantasy Ball Junkie Article

I have a new post up over at Fantasy Ball Junkie looking at the value of closers in H2H leagues from here on out. I simply simulated in the same way as the Stolen Bases and Home Runs articles from before. Saves are an interesting bunch, and it really...

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Visualizing 3d data – plotting quartiles separately

July 30, 2010
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Visualizing 3d data – plotting quartiles separately

In this previous post, we’ve looked at displaying three dimensional data.  One major problem is when there is a high density of data, it can be difficult to see what’s going on in a 3 dimensional plot. One way of looking at the data in more detail is to break it up.  Take a look

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Using Optmatch and RItools for Observational Studies

July 29, 2010
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Using Optmatch and RItools for Observational Studies

I am a contributor to the optmatch and the RItools packages for R. These two packages are separate, but complimentary. Both packages provide tools for adjusting observational data to exhibit “balance” on observed covariates. In a randomized control trial, treatment and control groups should have identical distributions over all covariates, observed and unobserved. Matching provides a...

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The Mule goes SURFing

July 29, 2010
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A month ago I posted about “SURF”, the newly-established Sydney R user forum (R being an excellent open-source statistics tool). Shortly after publishing that post, I attended the inaugural forum meeting. While we waited for attendees to arrive, a few people introduced themselves, explaining why they were interested in R and how much experience they

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RcppArmadillo 0.2.4

July 29, 2010
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A new release of RcppArmadillo is now on CRAN. RcppArmadillo makes it easy to write highly efficient and highly readable C++ code for linear algebra (based on Armadillo) in R extensions (using Rcpp for the interface). This release upgrades the incl...

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Red-R

July 29, 2010
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Red-R

Red-R seems to have some interesting ideas behind it. Of course it needs some time to mature.

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IMIS & AMIS

July 29, 2010
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IMIS & AMIS

A most interesting paper by Adrian Raftery and Le Bao appeared in the Early View section of Biometrics.  It aims at better predictions for HIV prevalence—in the original UNAIDS implementation, a naïve SIR procedure was used, based on the prior as importance function, which sometimes resulted in terrible degeneracy—, but its methodological input is about

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Pie Charts in ggplot2

July 29, 2010
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Pie Charts in ggplot2

...and other isomorphic data shape presentations...The Pie Chart has been widely criticized in recent times by statisticians.  Edward Tufte goes as far as to call this the "prevailing orthodoxy."  The reasons generally cited:The rel...

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A free book on probability and statistics with R

July 29, 2010
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G Jay Kerns has published a 400+ page introductory text on Probability and Statistics. All of the examples and illustrations are done using R (as Jay puts it, "The people at the party are Probability and Statistics; the handshake is R") so if you want to brush up on your probability and learn R at the same time, this...

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Bootstrap, strap-on, anal-yzing… statistics is getting weirder by the moment

July 29, 2010
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Bootstrap, strap-on, anal-yzing… statistics is getting weirder by the moment

I have spent the better portion of the day trying to get a bootstrap working. I have adapter a pre-written bootstrap function, but I wanted to use a generic function, mostly for reaping fame and glory. My hypothesis was that writing a hand-written, unoptimized function will consume more computer time than the generic, presumably optimized,

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