Monthly Archives: September 2010

Global done!

September 23, 2010
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Global done!

Over the past few weeks I’ve been working at getting Moshtemp to work entirely in the raster package. I’ve been aided greatly by the author of that package, Robert, who has been turning out improvements to the package with regularity. For a while I was a bit stymied by some irregularities in getting source from

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New housedata release 20100923

September 23, 2010
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New Housedata release of 49,914 summary filings from 7897 candidates for the US House 2002-2010.

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IIATMS Guest Contribution

September 23, 2010
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IIATMS Guest Contribution

After my recent posts fiddling around with heat maps for pitch location, Jason at It's About the Money, Stupid contacted me to ask if I would contribute some location maps for Yankee pitchers. Obviously, I couldn't pass up the chance to contribute to ...

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R Project and Google Summer of Code: Wrapping up

September 23, 2010
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R Project and Google Summer of Code: Wrapping up

As this year's admin, I wrote up the following summary which has now been posted at the R site in the appropriate slot. My thanks to this year's students, fellow mentors and everybody else who helped to make it happen. ...

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Monte Carlo Statistical Methods third edition

September 23, 2010
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Monte Carlo Statistical Methods third edition

Last week, George Casella and I worked around the clock on starting the third edition of Monte Carlo Statistical Methods by detailing the changes to make and designing the new table of contents. The new edition will not see a revolution in the presentation of the material but rather a more mature perspective on what

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New World Bank Data Available

September 22, 2010
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New World Bank Data Available

Just announced:  World Bank Data features and data are available.  Previous posts have demonstrated how to access and plot this data using R (including the use of the R WDI package).  The chart above can be created using the following pr...

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Guidelines for efficient R programming

September 22, 2010
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R is designed to make it easy to clearly express statistical ideas in code, but when it come to writing code that runs as fast as possible, there are a few tips, tricks and caveats to be aware of. As part of the BioConductor conference this past summer, Martin Morgan prepared a tutorial on efficient R programming. (Patrick Abouyen...

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Visualizations of US neighborhoods by race and ethnicity

September 22, 2010
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Visualizations of US neighborhoods by race and ethnicity

HOMOPHILY + MAPS WITHOUT MAPPING SOFTWARE In the past, Decision Science News has posted about homophily (“birds of a feather shop together“) and cool, lightweight visualizations (“maps without map packages in R“). Today, both topics come together in Eric Fischer’s fascinating set of images on Flickr called “Race and Ethnicity”(*).  According to Eric: Red is

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Connecting to SQL Server from R using RJDBC

September 22, 2010
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Connecting to SQL Server from R using RJDBC

A few months ago I switched my laptop from Windows to Ubuntu Linux. I had been connecting to my corporate SQL Server database using RODBC on Windows so I attempted to get ODBC connectivity up and running on Ubuntu. ODBC on Ubuntu turned into an exercise in futility. I spent many hours over many days

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My Crappy Fantasy Football Draft

September 22, 2010
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My Crappy Fantasy Football Draft

I compared the results of my fantasy football draft with the results of more than 1500 mock drafts at the Fantasy Football Calculator (FFC).  I looked at where player X was drafted in our league, subtracted off the average draft … Continue reading →

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