Monthly Archives: April 2011

New versions of GGobi and rggobi for Windows users

April 9, 2011
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For those who have been struggling with the installation of GGobi and the rggobi package under Windows: a major update of GGobi 2.1.9 is that GTK+ has been bundled with GGobi, so the installation of GTK+ is no longer required (I recommend you to uninst...

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The Budget Compromise: Mining Tweets

April 9, 2011
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The Budget Compromise: Mining Tweets

After a week as SAS Gobal Forum, I've been pretty excited about some of the text mining presentations that I got to see. I couldn't wait to get back to work to at least try something.  After getting home I found a tweet from @imusicmash sharing a post from the Heuristic Andrew blog that shared text...

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New R User Group in St Louis, MO

April 8, 2011
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The latest local R user group to join the fold is in St Louis, Missouri. Created by Josh Ulrich, their first meeting is on Monday, April 11. Check the link below for full details and to RSVP. Saint Louis R User Group: Inaugural Meeting

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Monitoring Sources of Bond Return

April 8, 2011
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Monitoring Sources of Bond Return

Here is a way to monitor bond return sources in R.  In the next iteration, I will use CPI to add history to the series. From TimelyPortfolio So right now, you can expect about a 5% return from bonds.  How much of that is real return is u...

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A simple frequency plot

April 8, 2011
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A simple frequency plot

I’m currently working on a paper that uses Polish survey data (EVS 2008). I am specifically looking at regional variation in particular responses. Because there are only around 1800 observations in the survey, which are split across 66 subregions of … Continue reading →

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Text Data Mining with Twitter and R

April 8, 2011
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Text Data Mining with Twitter and R

Twitter is a favorite source of text data for analysis: it’s popular (there is a huge volume of variety on all topics) and easily accessible using Twitter’s free, open APIs which are easily consumable in JSON and ATOM formats. Some … Continue reading →

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BUGS and related

April 8, 2011
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(People who aren't interested in automated Markov chain Monte Carlo sampling, or have no idea what it is, should probably stop reading now.)Got an e-mail from a student trying to get the WinBUGS examples in Chapter 7 of the book to work, on MacOS under...

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Day #19 RGG’s a b***h

A  listbox is (as far as i thought) supposed to select one or more items in the list and put them in a variable. Well, not for the rgg listbox. Whatever you select, you’ll get an error.                 &#1...

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Getting started with the Heritage Health Price competition

April 8, 2011
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Getting started with the Heritage Health Price competition

The US$ 3 million Heritage Health Price competition is on so we take a look at how to get started using the R statistical computing and analysis platform.

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Fixing aberrant files using R and the shell: a case study

April 7, 2011
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Fixing aberrant files using R and the shell: a case study

Once in a while, you embark on what looks like a simple computational procedure only to encounter frustration very early on. “I can’t even read my file into R!” you cry. Step back, take a deep breath and take note of what the software is trying to tell you. Most times, you’ve just missed something

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