Monthly Archives: October 2010

Happy World Statistics Day!

October 19, 2010
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The United Nations has declared today “World Statistics Day”. I’ve no idea what that means, or why we need a WSD. Perhaps it is because the date is 20.10.2010 (except in North America where it is 10.20.2010). But then, what happens from 2013 to 2099? And do we just forget the whole idea after 3112?

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Example 8.10: Combination dotplot/boxplot (teaching graphic in honor of World Statistics Day)

October 19, 2010
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Example 8.10: Combination dotplot/boxplot (teaching graphic in honor of World Statistics Day)

In honor of World Statistics Day and the read paper that my co-authors Chris Wild, Maxine Pfannkuch, Matt Regan, and I are presenting at the Royal Statistical Society today, we present the R code to generate a combination dotplot/boxplot that is useful...

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EM and Regression Mixture Modeling

October 19, 2010
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EM and Regression Mixture Modeling

Last night, Drew Conway showed me a fascinating graph that he made from the R package data we’ve recently collected from CRAN. That graph will be posted and described in the near future, because it has some really interesting implications for the structure of the R package world. But for the moment I want to

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Introduction to statistical finance with R

October 19, 2010
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Introduction to statistical finance with R

During the first part of our meeting, Nicolas Christou gave an introduction of statistical finance in R, and presented a package he co-authored with previous PhD student David Diez (2010). Video of the talk is below: During the second part, … Continue reading →

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Adap’skiii program

October 19, 2010
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Adap’skiii program

We have just posted the (mostly definitive) program for Adap’skii, January 3-4, The Canyons, Utah. This is taking place just before and as a satellite of the larger MCMSki III conference, January 4-7, same location. The registration for the conference and for lodging is available through the  MCMCSki III registration page, Remember also that this

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An Old Wives Tale from the 2000 Census

October 19, 2010
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An Old Wives Tale from the 2000 Census

With the data from the 2010 US Census to be published early next year, here's a cautionary tale from the 2000 Census. If you take a look at the ratio of numbers of men to women in the 5-Percent "PUMS" sample from the 2000 census over various ages, you'll see an odd spike near age 65: What causes this...

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Fast matrix inversion

October 19, 2010
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Fast matrix inversion

Very similar to what has been done to create a function to perform fast multiplication of large matrices using the Strassen algorithm (see previous post), now we write the functions to quickly calculate the inverse of a matrix.To avoid rewriting pages and pages of comments and formulas, as I did for matrix multiplication, this time I'll...

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Middlesboro Kentucky: Pitch Black?

October 19, 2010
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Middlesboro Kentucky: Pitch Black?

In his august draft of Hansen2010, Dr. Hansen makes the following claim: “We present evidence here that the urban warming has little effect on our standard global temperature analysis.  However, in the Appendix we carry out an even more rigorous test. We show there that there are a sufficient number of stations located in “pitch

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Listing gene IDs from hyperGTest

October 19, 2010
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hyperGTest compute Hypergeomtric p-values for over or under-representation of each GO term in the specified category among the specified gene set. *geneSample* was used as an example. Read More: 1329 Words Totally

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Sunbelt workshop on SNA in R

October 19, 2010
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Sunbelt workshop on SNA in R

The next Sunbelt Social Networks Conference (XXXI) will take place in February 2011 in St Pete Beach, Florida, USA. The preliminary program is available here. There is still time to submit abstracts (deadline is on October 29, 2010). At the conference I will be teaching the workshop “Introduction to Social Network Analysis with R”. It

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