Monthly Archives: March 2011

Downloading S&P 500 Data to R

March 23, 2011
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The cornerstone of your analysis and quantitative trading algorithms are data. There are lots of different ways how to do it in R (depending of what your investment instruments are). Today I am going to download data from finance.yahoo which are stock ...

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Getting into shape for the sport of data science: Screencast of talk by Jeremy Howard at Melbourne R Users

March 23, 2011
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Getting into shape for the sport of data science: Screencast of talk by Jeremy Howard at Melbourne R Users

Jeremy Howard gave a talk at the Melbourne R User Group on 16th March 2011. Jeremy provided tips on how to successfully compete in data mining competitions. He showed how he combines R with other tools to build predictive models. … Continue reading →

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Applied R: Manual for the quantitative social scientist

March 23, 2011
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Applied R for the quantitative social scientist is a manual on R written specifically as an introduction for the quantitative social scientist. To my opinion, R-Project is a magnificent statistical program, ready to be accepted and implemented in the social sciences. The flexibility of this program and the way data are handled gives the user a sense of closeness...

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sab-R-metrics Sidetrack: Bubble Plots

March 22, 2011
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sab-R-metrics Sidetrack: Bubble Plots

While I had mentioned in my last post that I will cover logistic regression in my next post, I decided that a quick interlude in working with bubble plots would be fun. Bubble plots have become pretty popular recently, especially with all of the Visualization Challenges I've seen around the internet (by the way, I...

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R again in Google Summer of Code

March 22, 2011
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I'm a big fan of the Google Summer of Code.  It brings great projects together with a learning opportunity for students.  Once again the R Project was selected to be part of the Google Summer of Code in 2011.  Some other notable mathemat...

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Where the heck has JD been?

March 22, 2011
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Where the heck has JD been?

It’s been pointed out to me that I haven’t had any blog posts in a while. It’s true. I’m fairly slack. But in the last few months I’ve changed jobs (same firm, new role), written an R abstraction on top of Hadoop, been to China, and managed to stay married. While that sounds pretty awesome,

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Code: extended model support for mtable

March 22, 2011
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Code: extended model support for mtable

I finally got around to organizing and packaging my complete set of extended model support for mtable in Martin Elff’s memisc library. Here is a list of the models supported: coxph, survreg – Cox proportional hazards models and parametric survival … Continue reading →

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More on R-Studio

March 22, 2011
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More on R-Studio

Here's a link to keyboard shortcuts for the RStudio IDE. RStudio has replaced EMacs, Aquamacs, Tinn-R, Bluefish, and even Komodo Edit as my preferred R IDE/editor.http://gettinggeneticsdone.blogspot.com/2011/03/rstudio-keyboard-shortcut-reference-pdf.h...

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Analysis: R growth continues in popularity of data analysis software

March 22, 2011
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Bob Muenchen, author of R for SAS and SPSS Users and co-author of R for Stata Users, has updated his in-depth analysis of the popularity of data analysis software. Determining "popularity" for software is a tricky task, but this analysis looks at several different metrics: mailing list traffic, blogs, search volumes, job listings and other such indirect methods, as...

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One bicycle for two

March 22, 2011
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One bicycle for two

Robin showed me a mathematical puzzle today that reminded me of a story my grand-father used to tell. When he was young, he and his cousin were working in the same place and on Sundays they used to visit my great-grand-mother in another village. However, they only had one bicycle between them, so they would

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