Monthly Archives: May 2011

Long XLU Short SPY

May 20, 2011
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Long XLU Short SPY

THIS IS NOT INVESTMENT ADVICE.  YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN GAINS AND LOSSES. I spend my days and nights wondering what a bond manager should do if he/she doesn’t like bonds, but also cannot sit in 0% cash.  I generally dislike spreads...

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Spreads and Stress

May 20, 2011
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Spreads and Stress

Since we have the Gifts from BAC ML and the Federal Reserve, I thought I should look at another interesting element of bonds.  Bond spreads act as a very strong symbol of financial stability and confidence.  The St. Louis Fed Stress Index is ...

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Smaller or greater? – episode II

May 20, 2011
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Smaller or greater? – episode II

In a previous post I introduced the following game: Suppose you play the following game: Someone holds a set of cards with the numbers {1,2,…,N} in random order, opens up the first card and asks if the next card is greater or smaller. Every time you predict correctly, you get one point, while every wrong

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Great circles, raster, sp and lattice

Great circles, raster, sp and lattice

Recently I found a post at FlowingData with a detailed tutorial to map connections with great circles with R. The tutorial of FlowingData is excellent, but I feel more comfortable with the sp classes and methods, and with the lattice and latticeExtra packages. Besides, I want to use the free spatial data available from the

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10 reasons why you should learn R

May 20, 2011
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10. Can't crack that hard Sudoku problem?? Use R!9. Want to pick a skill that will give you an early adopter advantage?? Learn R! It is the leading open source statistical and data analysis programming language, and is heating up! 8. Need to ...

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Syntax highlighting of R code at WordPress.com

May 20, 2011
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Syntax highlighting of R code at WordPress.com

If your WordPress blog is hosted at WordPress.com (like this one), you may know that source code in posts is formatted and highlighted using a shortcode, as explained here. Until recently, R was not on the list of supported languages (neither was Perl), but I noticed today that both of them are now supported. This

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Porting Stata-like Marginal Effects to LaTeX

May 19, 2011
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Porting Stata-like Marginal Effects to LaTeX

The TimeSeriesIreland Blog posted an excellent start on a function that automatically computes marginal effects for probit and logit models. As I have always wanted an easy-to-use function that computes and reports marginal effects in R, I was elated ...

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[Project Euler] – Problem 57

May 19, 2011
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It is possible to show that the square root of two can be expressed as an infinite continued fraction. √ 2 = 1 + 1/(2 + 1/(2 + 1/(2 + … ))) = 1.414213… By expanding this for the first four iterations, we get: Read More: 547 Words Totally

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Friday fun with: Google Trends

May 19, 2011
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Friday fun with: Google Trends

Some years ago, Google discovered that when people are concerned about influenza, they search for flu-related information and that to some extent, search traffic is an indicator of flu activity. Google Flu Trends was born. Illness is sweeping through our department this week and I have succumbed. It’s not flu but at one point, I

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More fun with boxplots

May 19, 2011
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Here are a few more plotting options for boxplots: Let’s start plotting the full set plot(b$mod, b$x) Plot labels for a subset in full set plot (label all points x < -1) text(subset(b$mod, b$x < -1), subset(b$x, b$x < -1), … Continue reading →

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