Monthly Archives: May 2011

Hammersley and Handscomb 1964 on line

May 26, 2011
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Hammersley and Handscomb 1964 on line

Through the webpage of the Advanced Monte Carlo Methods I & II, given a few years ago by Michael Mascagni at ETH Zürich, I found a link to the scanned version of the 1964 book Monte Carlo Methods by Hammersley and Handscomb. This is a short book, with less than 150 pages, especially if one

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Clustering with Currencies and Fidelity Funds

May 26, 2011
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Clustering with Currencies and Fidelity Funds

Great news came yesterday with the release of the R In Finance 2011 Presentations.  I must attend next year after seeing all that I missed.  The Iacus: Statistical Analysis of Financial Time Series and Option Pricing in R (pdf) presentation o...

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New online R courses from Statistics.com

May 26, 2011
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Online training provider Statistics.com has introduced a couple of new R-related courses which are well worth checking out. These are all self-paced on-line courses, with materials by and interactive feedback from leading R gurus. Current R users looking to take their programming skills to the next level will be particularly interested in the Advanced Programming in R course from...

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another look at CRAN Task Views

May 26, 2011
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another look at CRAN Task Views

We've been impressed with how helpful the CRAN Task Views are in guiding us in R as we wend our way through the huge number of add-on packages (3021 as of May, 2011). These are web pages that are maintained by volunteers with expertise in a specified ...

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Simple pattern detection in numerical data

May 26, 2011
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Simple pattern detection in numerical data

A while ago I helped out a colleague who was testing some methods to detect economic (in)activity of companies, based on their quarterly tax declarations (our institute has access to such data). One of the thing my colleague wanted was t...

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BMS and the Fixed Effects Estimator – A Tutorial

This tutorial illustrates how to use Bayesian Model Averaging (BMA) with panel data using the R package BMS.Contents Introduction Fixed Effects Estimation by Demeaning the Data Fixed Effects Estimation with Dummy Variables Bibliography Downloads A ...

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Panel Estimation

This tutorial should illustrate how to employ bms with panel data. For the purpose of illustration we will use the data put forward in Moral-Benito (2011) and made publicly available at

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Cricket fever again

May 26, 2011
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Cricket fever again

England take on Sri Lanka in a test series starting today. After watching Cricket world cup 2011 and witnessing India play in quarter final, semi final and the finale in stadiums all over India, I had little appetite for any of the IPL 2011 matche...

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RcppArmadillo 0.2.20

Conrad Sanderson is preparing version 2.0.0 of his Armadillo templated C++ library for linear algebra and has released a first public beta version 1.99.2. This has been folded into a new release of the RcppArmadillo wrapper for R based on our Rcpp li...

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Sweave and pgfSweave in LyX 2.0.x (experimental)

May 25, 2011
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bout half a year ago, I wrote a post on the configuration of (pgf)Sweave and LyX, which was intended to save us some efforts in going through all the details during the configuration. Now many things have changed: LyX 2.0 has internal support for Sweave, and fortunately I have been in touch with the developers

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