Monthly Archives: February 2011

Packages for By-Group Processing in R

February 24, 2011
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Analyst and BI expert Steve Miller takes a look at the facilities in R for doing "by-group" processing of data. The task consisted of: ... read several text files, merge the results, reshape the intermediate data, calculate some new variables, take care of missing values, attend to meta data, execute a few predictive models and graph the results. Then...

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Split a Data Frame into Testing and Training Sets in R

February 24, 2011
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I recently analyzed some data trying to find a model that would explain body fat distribution as predicted by several blood biomarkers. I had more predictors than samples (p>n), and I didn't have a clue which variables, interactions, or quadratic terms made biological sense to put into a model. I then turned to a few data mining procedures that I...

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Phenotypic selection analysis in R

February 24, 2011
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Phenotypic selection analysis in R

I have up to recently always done my phenotypic selection analyses in SAS. I finally got some code I think works to do everything SAS would do. Feedback much appreciated!########################Selection analyses#############################install.pac...

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Rcpp 0.9.2

February 24, 2011
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The 0.9.2 release of Rcpp is now on CRAN and Debian. This version contains a build fix for the older 10.5.* version of OS X and its g++ 4.2.1 compiler; we now skip one test that upset it. CRAN builds for OS X should resume. We also added simple ...

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Book review: 25 Recipes for Getting Started with R

February 24, 2011
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Book review: 25 Recipes for Getting Started with R

Recently I was asked by O’Reilly publishing to give a book review for Paul Teetor new introductory book to R.  After giving the book some attention and appreciating it’s delivery of the material, I was happy to write and post this review.  Also, I’m very happy to see how a major publishing house like O’Reilly is producing more and

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type=”n” graphs in R

February 24, 2011
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type=”n” graphs in R

type n graph.R Download this file One of the most useful graphs you can produce in R using the plot(...) function is one with nothing in it. Using the type="n" option, you get a blank canvas to which you can add points, lines, text, sh...

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Machine Learning Ex2 – linear regression

February 24, 2011
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Machine Learning Ex2 – linear regression

Andrew Ng has posted introductory machine learning lessons on the OpenClassRoom site. I've watched the first set and will here solve Exercise 2. The exercise is to build a linear regression implementation, I'll use R. The point of linear regression is to come up with a mathematical function(model) that represents the data as best as possible, that is done...

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What’s the best platform for a high score on Canabalt?

February 23, 2011
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What’s the best platform for a high score on Canabalt?

The Web-based Flash game Canabalt, whose scores have been analyzed by R before, is now available as an iOS App. Because the app is configured to work on three different platforms: the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch; and because players are invited to tweet their best scores at the end of the game, like this: the Twitter stream again...

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Discussions on the future of R

February 23, 2011
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Discussions on the future of R

Inspired by the discussions on the same topic, Avram Aelony presented an overview of the issues and the Los Angeles R users group proceeded with further discussions.

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HRSA Area Resource File Format 2009

February 23, 2011
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From the HRSA website: is a database containing more than 6,000 variables for each of the nation’s counties. ARF contains information on health facilities, health professions, measures of resource scarcity, health status, economic activity, health training programs, and socioeconomic and environmental characteristics. The data file itself is formatted accordingly (from the ARF

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