Monthly Archives: December 2010

Programming with R – Processing Football League Data Part II

December 3, 2010
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Following on from the previous post about creating a football result processing function for data from the football-data.co.uk website we will add code to the function to generate a league table based on the results to date. To create the league table we need to count various things such as the number of games played, number

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Google AI Challenge: Languages Used by the Best Programmers

December 2, 2010
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Google AI Challenge: Languages Used by the Best Programmers

The Google AI Challenge recently wrapped up with a Lisp developer from Hungary as the winner.  The competition challenges contestants to create bots that push the limits of AI and game theory.  These bots compete against one another, and a complete ranking of competitors is available.  The big story today is...

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Méthodes de Monte-Carlo avec R

December 2, 2010
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Méthodes de Monte-Carlo avec R

The translation of the book Introducing Monte Carlo Methods with R is close to being completed. The copy-editing and page-setting are done, I have received the cover proposal and am happy with it, so it should now go to production and be ready by early January, (earlier than the tentative end of February indicated on

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pgfSweave 1.1.0 now on CRAN!

December 2, 2010
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The next release of pgfSweave is now on CRAN! It has been a while since I posted about pgfSweave and there have been some significant changes in the past couple of months. The main new features are: Automatic code highlighting via the highlight package. This can be turned off with the highlight option. “Tidying” of

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Another boring blog

December 2, 2010
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Another boring blog

I recently decided to create two blogs as outlets for my research.  The first (The Richness of Life) focuses more on the organisms I work with as an ecologist and my general interest as a student of natural history.  This blog on Quantitative...

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R 101 at TDWI

December 2, 2010
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Last month TDWI's James Powell interviewed Revolution CEO Norman Nie and published the interview as "R 101". The article answers some of the basic questions about R, such as: What is R? Why is R well-suited for predictive analytics? Why is R superior? How easy is it to learn R? Where is R headed? ... and much more. Read...

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R with Vim

December 2, 2010
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R with Vim

For all those who think that Vim is The Editor for text files, and simultaneously think that R is The EnvironmentForStatisticalAnalysisAndGraphics. After trying out various options for intergrating Vim with R I settled on the following configuration: Use Vim-R-pluginfor editing R code files, R documentation files (*.Rd) as well as the Sweave files. Apart from

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Random variable generation (Pt 2 of 3)

December 2, 2010
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Random variable generation (Pt 2 of 3)

Acceptance-rejection methods This post is based on chapter 1.4 of Advanced Markov Chain Monte Carlo. Another method of generating random variates from distributions is to use acceptance-rejection methods. Basically to generate a random number from , we generate a RN from an envelope distribution , where .  The acceptance-rejection algorithm is as follows: Repeat until

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Statistique de l’assurance STT6705V, partie 12

December 2, 2010
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Statistique de l’assurance STT6705V, partie 12

The final course (since courses end this week in Montréal) can be watched here and there. The drawings from the course can be downloaded here (including last week's). First, to come back on last week's course , we considered Lee-carter model, i.e....

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Rd2roxygen: Convert Rd to roxygen documentation

December 1, 2010
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must admit that I have been tired of maintaining my R packages for a long time, and the main reason is I feel really uncomfortable with writing R documentations (Rd). The required structure of an R package mainly includes two directories R and man — the former for the R source code (typically functions), and

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