Monthly Archives: March 2011

R Package Automated Download

March 6, 2011
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There are situations where we might want to run R on a standalone machine so need to download a (potentially) large number of packages to install on this system. Rather than having to through the pain of searching through CRAN to find the packages and all the dependencies and manually download, it would be nice

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Boxplots & Beyond IV: Beanplots

Boxplots & Beyond IV: Beanplots

This post is the last in a series of four on boxplots and some of their extensions.  Previous posts in this series have discussed basic boxplots, modified boxplots based on a robust asymmetry measure, and violin plots, an alternative that essentia...

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Moving from Excel to R

March 5, 2011
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This first post of the Backtesting in Excel and R series will provide some resources to help smooth the transition from the familiarity and comfort of Excel to the potentially strange and intimidating world of R.I made my voyage from Excel to R more th...

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Choropleths Made Easy!

March 5, 2011
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Choropleths Made Easy!

Choropleth Maps are very useful to visualize spatial trends. There have been several blog posts providing detailed instructions on how to create a choropleth map in R using map, spplot and ggplot2. However, I believe that the p...

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Five ways to visualize your pairwise comparisons

March 5, 2011
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Five ways to visualize your pairwise comparisons

In data analysis it is often nice to look at all pairwise combinations of continuous variables in scatterplots. Up until recently, I have used the function splom in the package lattice, but ggplot2 has superior aesthetics, I think anyway.Here a fe...

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Parallel processing in R for Windows

March 4, 2011
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The doSMP package (and its companion package, revoIPC), previously bundled only with Revolution R, is now available on CRAN for use with open-source R under the GPL2 license. In short, doSMP makes it easy to do SMP parallel processing on a Windows box with multiple processors. (It works on Mac and Linux too, but it's been relatively easy to...

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New R code for ‘moving’ or ‘running’ correlations

March 4, 2011
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New R code for ‘moving’ or ‘running’ correlations

Someone at the lab asked how to ‘do something like running means, but with correlations’. I couldn’t find any existing code that would make a good example, so I just wrote some myself. It would be nice to do this without looping. If anyone has a clever way to do this, please do let me

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RcppArmadillo 0.2.14 and 0.2.15

March 4, 2011
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A few days ago Conrad Sanderson released version 1.1.6 of his Armadillo templated C++ library for linear algebra. Accordingly, I made a new release 0.2.14 of RcppArmadillo, our Rcpp-based integration into R which included a few local fixes. However, ...

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A Million Random Digits: review of reviews

March 4, 2011
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A Million Random Digits: review of reviews

Recently on his blog (here), Robin mentioned an amazing book, called "A Million Random Digits" published by RAND corporation. The book was initially published in 1955, but RAND published a nice (and expensive) second edition. A great thing is that ...

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Death Spiral Warning Graph

March 4, 2011
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Death Spiral Warning Graph

In the death spiral scenario, rates go up while the currency goes down.  Here is the way to watch that.  I’m not saying that death spiral of US Dollar and interest rates occurs, but without significant action to restore confidence in fiscal...

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