Monthly Archives: February 2011

ggplot2 joy

February 25, 2011
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ggplot2 joy

I’ve been working on a long-term (25+yr) longitudinal study of rheumatoid arthritis with my boss. He just walked in and asked if I could create a plot showing the trajectory of pain scores over time for each subject, separated by educational level (4 groups). Having now worked with ggplot2 for a while, and learning more

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R 2.12.2 is available

February 25, 2011
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R 2.12.2 is available

As previously announced, R 2.12.2 is available for download today. Browsing through the various mirrors (using the Download R tool on inside-R.org), it looks like the Windows version is already available on many mirrors; the Mac and Linux versions will follow soon (and of course, sources are available now). The complete list of changes is in the announcement on...

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Tutorial on Distributions in R

February 25, 2011
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Tutorial on Distributions in R

Here's a video tutorial I put together to go over how to generate a random sample from one of the commonly known parametric distributions in R.Along the way, I also discuss how some of the properties of estimators are reflected in the computations I pe...

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Mapping the 2011 Chicago Mayoral Democratic Primary

February 25, 2011
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Mapping the 2011 Chicago Mayoral Democratic Primary

Mapping the Chicago Democratic Mayoral 2011 primary with Ruby, R, and ggplot2

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Setting up a parallel computing cluster for R with OpenSSH and doSNOW

February 25, 2011
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Responding to yesterday's post which included an aside on using parallel processing for by-group computations in R, reader Christian Gunning mused about the possibility of using doSNOW on his network, with OpenSSH to manage the authentication: I sit on a fast campus network and have at least 10 remote cores available that I could farm out for big jobs....

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Example 8.27: using regular expressions to read data with variable number of words in a field

February 25, 2011
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Example 8.27: using regular expressions to read data with variable number of words in a field

A more or less anonymous reader commented on our last post, where we were reading data from a file with a varying number of fields. The format of the file was:1 Las Vegas, NV --- 53.3 --- --- 12 Sacramento, CA --- 42.3 --- --- 2The complication in the...

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snow and ssh — secure inter-machine parallelism with R

February 24, 2011
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I just threw a post up on Revolutions, which got a lot longer than I planned. And got me thinking. And reading (see refs in previous post). And trying. Turns out that it was way easier than I thought! The problem:From the blog post: " OpenSSH is now available on all platforms. A sensible solution...

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MT4 -> Multi-R sessions for tick-analysis

February 24, 2011
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MT4 -> Multi-R sessions for tick-analysis

The Shared-Memory between multiple R sessions mentioned in my previous post got me thinking … quite some potential indeed. As a result, I investigated further using (calling) multiple R sessions from the same MT4 script. Specifically, I wanted to have a clearer understanding of the time required to performed lightning fast & dead slow processing,

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How to read and write Stata data (.dta) files into R

February 24, 2011
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How to read and write Stata data (.dta) files into R

Here's an R tutorial where I explain how to read Stata data files into R (even if you don't own the program Stata). I also offer some other basic tips.Of note, you can also write Stata .dta files from R (if your coauthors or journals insist on having ...

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when Nuns or Hells Angels get in a plane

February 24, 2011
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when Nuns or Hells Angels get in a plane

Today, at lunch, Matthieu told us a nice story (or call it a paradox if you like) about the probability to find you seat empty when you get in a place.  a plane full of nuns Assume that you are in the line to get in the airplane, you are the ...

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