# Monthly Archives: March 2011

## Day #11 R graphs as nodes

March 24, 2011
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Today my company supervisor isn’t at work so he gave me (and the other students) a task-list. I have to check the availability of the following R scripts. Whether or not they work how they should in Knime. While doing these tasks, at the main tim...

## The Many Uses of Q-Q Plots

My last four posts have dealt with boxplots and some useful variations on that theme.  Just after I finished the series, Tal Galili, who maintains the R-bloggers website, pointed me to a variant I hadn’t seen before.  It's called a bee...

## Yeah Sure, Maybe, Well … Okay

March 23, 2011
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Whoever wrote the book on statistics, probably avoided getting a proper education in literature. At least that's my null hypothesis. The cryptic and awkward presentation of probabilities common amongst the Frequentists (no, not the Latin American Socia...

## Typos sorted, at last!

March 23, 2011
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After posting so many entries about typos in my books (making you wonder how there could be any text left!) and postponing their classification for so long, I decided on Saturday afternoon to collect those entries into a comprehensive pdf document that should be more useful for readers. I incidentally noticed that my book web-page

## jStat: Advanced Statistics using Javascript

March 23, 2011
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While 'R' is getting enterprise ready, it's no longer the only open source option for advanced statistical programming. jStat.js is the new kid on the block.Things in favor of jStat:Based on Javascript, jQuery - future is assuredLight-weightAbility to ...

## basic ggplot2 network graphs – ver2

March 23, 2011
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I posted last week a simple function to plot networks using ggplot2 package. Here is version 2. I still need to work on figuring out efficient vertex placement.Changes in version 2:-You have one of three options: use an igraph object, a matrix, or a da...

## The Popularity of Data Analysis Software (R vs SAS vs SPSS, etc.)

March 23, 2011
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Robert Muenchen, the author of R for SAS and SPSS Users (A great book I’m proud to have on my shelf), has published this week an article in which he compares the popularity/market-share of many of the common statistical packages including R, SAS, SPSS and many others. The full article is available on r4stats.com at: “The Popularity of Data Analysis...

March 23, 2011
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Another release (1.1.90) by Conrad Sanderson for his wonderful Armadillo templated C++ library for linear algebra appeared yesterday. Consequently, a new release 0.2.17 of RcppArmadillo, our Rcpp-based integration into R is now on CRAN mirrors. The...

## The Register profiles Revolution Analytics

March 23, 2011
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Tech news site The Register has just published an in-depth profile of Revolution Analytics. It was great meeting the author Dan Olds at Revolution HQ a couple of weeks ago, and sharing with him why we think the R language is the way forward for data science: modern, applied, large-scale statistical analysis. He captures that sentiment perfectly in the...

## Graphical Display of R Package Dependencies

March 23, 2011
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In some work that I am currently involved in, we have to decide which GUI engine we should use. As an obvious starter, we decided to have a look at what other people are using in their packages. While cran helpfully displays all the R packages that are available, it doesn’t (I don’t think), give