Monthly Archives: October 2010

The 2009 homicide data for Chihuahua has been updated

October 20, 2010
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The 2009 homicide data for Chihuahua has been updated

As I described in this post, the reported number of homicides in Chihuahua during 2009 turned out to be incomplete. Guess what? The SNSP just released an updated version of the homicide data, and Chihuahua went from having 2,523 homicides to 3,156. My estimate was 3,256, so I came pretty...

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R Links for the Beginner on World Statistics Day

October 20, 2010
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In honor of the first World Statistics Day I thought I would share some of my favorite R links.  R is a free software statistical computing environment for performing all sorts of data and mathematical manipulation.Introduction and TutorialsR Tuto...

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Hold on to your hats: it’s World Statistics Day!

October 20, 2010
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Apparently today is the first ever World Statistics Day. I only knew about it because I'd seen a couple of passing references to it from the stats folks I follow on Twitter. But I guess this UN-sponsored event is a big deal, judging from the official website: The celebration of the World Statistics Day will acknowledge the service provided...

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Trading secrets

October 20, 2010
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Trading secrets

Recently I had the opportunity to do a job swap with one of the guys in the laboratory here at HSL.  I helped out with the mass-spectrometry and James helped me with the data analysis.  Two very useful things came out of this. Firstly, it’s been very informative to see how the data I get

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Programming with R – Function Basics

October 20, 2010
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One of the benefits of using R for statistical analysis is the programming language which allows users to define their own functions, which is particularly useful for analysis that needs to be repeated. For example, a monthly output from a database may be provided in a pre-determined format and we might be interested in running

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Central Limit Theorem A nice illustration of the Central Limit…

October 20, 2010
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Central Limit Theorem
A nice illustration of the Central Limit…

Central Limit Theorem A nice illustration of the Central Limit Theorem by convolution.in R: Heaviside 0,1,0) }HH

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upgrade R – F77 cause compilation error

October 20, 2010
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I try to compile the source code of R 2.12 on CentOS, but it throw an error when trying to install *cluster*. * installing *source* package ‘cluster’ ... Read More: 3800 Words Totally

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Transactions, and Pondering their Use in Casinos

October 20, 2010
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Transactions, and Pondering their Use in Casinos

A couple of weeks ago, Bradford Cross of FlightCaster posted in Measuring Measures that transactions are the next big data category. I argue that they already are, and from reading his blog post, he seems to suggest this as well but I will admit that I think I missed his point. There are some clear examples of transactions and...

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Monitoring Productivity Experiment

October 20, 2010
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Monitoring Productivity Experiment

For over a year now, i've been collecting how much time i spend in computer and how much of it is actually used in creative/productive activities. By productive activity i mean that the time spent in text editor(emacs), terminal, excel or a datab...

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Coincidence in lotteries

October 19, 2010
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Coincidence in lotteries

Last weekend, my friend and coauthor Jean-Michel Marin was interviewed (as Jean-Claude Marin, sic!) by a national radio about the probability of the replication of a draw on the Israeli Lottery. Twice the same series of numbers appeared within a month. This lotery operates on a principle of 6/37 + 1/8: 6 numbers are drawn

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