Monthly Archives: November 2010

INFORMS Data Mining Competition leaders used Open Source software

November 29, 2010
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INFORMS Data Mining Competition leaders used Open Source software

The results of 2010 INFORMS data mining competition just recently finished.  The leaders were presented at the 2010 Annual INFORMS Conference.  The 2010 INFORMS data mining competition goal was to determine short term movements in stock price...

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Joy of Stats coming soon

November 29, 2010
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Joy of Stats coming soon

The Joy of Stats really is a joy.  It will be shown on BBC4, apparently scheduled for December 7.  (That date comes from Hans Rosling on twitter, I haven’t found scheduling evidence at the BBC.) I saw its debut at the Royal Statistical Society on World Statistics Day. Here is a five minute excerpt: You … Continue reading...

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Sweave Tutorial 2: Batch Individual Personality Reports using R, Sweave, and LaTeX

November 29, 2010
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This post documents an example of using Sweave to generate individualised personality reports based on responses to a personality test. Each report provides information on both the responses of the general sample and responses of the specific respond...

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Getting Started with Git, EGit, Eclipse, and GitHub: Version Control for R Projects

November 28, 2010
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This post provides information on (a) installing Git using the Eclipse plugin Egit. (b) uploading repositories to GitHub, and (c) links to resources on Git, Git and LaTeX, and Git and R. The focus is on version control for people working on R, Sweave, ...

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Computing evidence

November 28, 2010
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Computing evidence

The book Random effects and latent variable model selection, edited by David Dunson in 2008 as a Springer Lecture Note. contains several chapters dealing with evidence approximation in mixed effect models. (Incidentally, I would be interested in the story behind the  Lecture Note as I found no explanation in the backcover or in the preface.

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Analyst First – SURF

November 28, 2010
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Analyst First – SURF

This presentation is aimed at all those working in commercial and government analytics, irrespective of what tools they use, and also to those students intending on such a career. R and other open source tools play a powerful, unique and … Continue reading →

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Random variable generation (Pt 1 of 3)

November 28, 2010
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Random variable generation (Pt 1 of 3)

As I mentioned in a recent post, I’ve just received a copy of Advanced Markov Chain Monte Carlo Methods. Chapter 1.4 in the book (very quickly) covers random variable generation. Inverse CDF Method A standard algorithm for generating random numbers is the inverse cdf method. The continuous version of the algorithm is as follows: 1.

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parser 0.0-12

November 28, 2010
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I've pushed a new version of the parser package to CRAN. This is the first release that depends on Rcpp, which allowed me to reduce the code size and increase its maintainability. This also features a faster version of nlines, a function that r...

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Rcpp 0.8.9

November 28, 2010
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Rcpp 0.8.9

Rcpp 0.8.9 was pushed to CRAN recently. Apart from minor bug fixes, this release concentrates on modules, with lots of new features to expose C++ functions and classes through R reference classes. The Rcpp-modules vignette has all the details, a...

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Computational efficiency of great-circle distance calculations in R

November 28, 2010
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Computational efficiency of great-circle distance calculations in R

An obvious omission in my previous post on Great-circle distance calculations in R was a lack of discussion on the computational efficiency of the various methods, and in particular comparing different implementations of the same method. One of the comments … Continue reading →

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