Monthly Archives: December 2010

Introduction to ESS: talk and slides

December 17, 2010
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We had another meeting of the Chicago R User Group last evening. This was scheduled somewhat belatedly once we learned that Drew Conway would be in town. Drew gave a very nice talk about his brand new infochimps package (for accessing the eponymous i...

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Joe West vs. Bruce Froemming: A Crude Umpire LHB/RHB Bias Comparison

December 17, 2010
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Joe West vs. Bruce Froemming: A Crude Umpire LHB/RHB Bias Comparison

In my last two posts, I have tinkered with the 'gam' package to create heat maps for individual umpire strike zones. I went ahead and grabbed Joe West's data (which has a lot more pitches than Bruce Froemming in it, since Froemming's data is only from...

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Programming languages, ranked by popularity

December 17, 2010
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Programming languages, ranked by popularity

In a presentation to the Chicago R User Group last night, Drew Conway used his new Infochimps package in R to assess the relative popularity of programming languages. Drew used the word.stats function in the Infochimps package to count the frequency of common computer languages mentioned in Twitter messages, and displayed the results in this bar chart: It's not...

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World Bank data plots – Take 2

December 17, 2010
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World Bank data plots – Take 2

A few months ago, I created World Bank plots and compiled the images on Flickr to share it online. Recently I came across Mark's post to create animated images in R and it inspired me to re-create my World Bank plots as animated images. ...

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Why use R

December 16, 2010
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Why use R

Here's a link to a blog that lists some reasons to use Rhttp://blog.fosstrading.com/2010/12/why-use-r.html

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Disas-tea-R at dawn

December 16, 2010
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Disas-tea-R at dawn

This was bound to happen sooner or later, given my addiction to tea and sleepless nights, so I eventually managed to spill a cup of tea over my Mac… I had been working for a few hours in my hotel room in Philadelphia, completing an ABC paper with Jean-Michel Marin and Robin Ryder. We had

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Issues of R Client Library For The Google Prediction API

December 16, 2010
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The Google Prediction API is a black-box system for building predictive models, it provides pattern-matching and machine learning capabilities. So Google algorithms automatically creates a model from the training models given a set of training data and makes prediction under this model given a set of explanatory variables, read http://code.google.com/apis/predict/docs/getting-started.html for an overview. I am eager...

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R 2.12.1 is out

December 16, 2010
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As promised, the latest patch to R is out with the release of R 2.12.1, as announced today by the R Core Team. If you build R yourself, sources are available now at your local CRAN mirror, and binaries for Windows, Mac and Linux will be available in the next few days. There are a few new features: The...

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Tennis and risk management

December 16, 2010
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Tennis and risk management

As mentioned already here, while we were going to Québec City for the workshop, we had interesting discussions in the car, and Maciej mentioned an article recently published in The Actuary, Hence, I wanted to discuss (extremely) rare event probabi...

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Where to find good data sets

December 16, 2010
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O'Reilly Media has been a big advocate of Open Data and believes that is where a lot of computing is going to be headed in the future.  I think they are definitely on to something.  Yet the future could be now.  There is a lot of opportu...

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