Monthly Archives: June 2011

A Winking Pink Elephant

June 27, 2011
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A Winking Pink Elephant

The title of chapter 5 in my Guerrilla Capacity Planning book is, "Evaluating Scalability Parameters," and underneath it you'll see this quote:"With four parameters I can fit an elephant. With five I can make his trunk wiggle." —John von NeumannIn that vein, Guerrilla alumnus Stephen O'C. pointed me at a recent blog post and paper (PDF)...

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googleVis library on use

June 26, 2011
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googleVis library on use

Data on the map While surfing around the Internet I accidentally found the googleVis library for R and especially the gvisGeoMap-function which creates a map based on country data.  In a table hockey scene we have a great World Ranking … Continu...

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NHL Statistics – Goals scored by age

June 26, 2011
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NHL Statistics – Goals scored by age

NHL Statistics, part 1 Goals scored by age Data Twirling blog gave instructions to how to get NHL statistics data from the website and I saw an opportunity to learn R and statistics with help of data I know and … Continue reading →

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RObjectTables are AWESOME

June 26, 2011
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Why isn't everyone using the RObjectTables package? This is the best thing ever! Here's the basic idea of RObjectTables: An environment is an object where you can lookup names and associate them with values. And in particular its where you look up variables used in an expression. But there's no reason you can't take any other object that associates names...

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Bayesian Fall school in La Rochelle

June 26, 2011
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Bayesian Fall school in La Rochelle

The French agronomy research institute INRA is organising a Fall school in La Rochelle, Nov. 28 – Dec. 02, on Bayesian methods, oriented towards the applications in food sciences, environmental sciences, and biology. The provisional program (in French) is ■ Initiation aux outils informatiques R et WinBUGS (TP et réalisation de projets sur ordinateur) ■

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Next Steps: Drafting the R Help Files

With RTextTools now released and the feedback rolling in, the development team is getting the ball rolling on the help documentation for the library. Currently, you cannot access help files about the library or its functions from within R. However, we do offer a draft of a quick start guide in PDF format under the Documentation section of the...

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Generalized Linear Models – Poisson Regression

June 26, 2011
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Generalized Linear Models – Poisson Regression

The Generalized Linear Model (GLM) allows us to model responses with distributions other than the Normal distribution, which is one of the assumptions underlying linear regression as used in many cases. When data is counts of events (or items) then a discrete distribution is more appropriate is usually more appropriate than approximating with a continuous

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GRIMS — General R Interface for Markov Sampling

June 25, 2011
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GRIMS — General R Interface for Markov Sampling

I have released a (very) preliminary version of my new MCMC software in R, which I’m calling GRIMS, for General R Interface for Markov Sampling. You can get it here. This software differs from other more-or-less general MCMC packages in several respects, all but one of which make it, I think, a much better tool

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Normal tail precision

June 25, 2011
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Normal tail precision

In conjunction with the normal-Laplace comparison mentioned in the most recent post about our lack of confidence in ABC model choice, we have been working on the derivation of the exact Bayes factor and I derived an easy formula for the marginal likelihood in the Laplace case that boils down to a weighted sum of

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ProjectTemplate News

June 25, 2011
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The news below was recently reported on the ProjectTemplate mailing list. For completeness, I’m also reporting it here. The first piece of ProjectTemplate news is that I won’t be the exclusive maintainer for ProjectTemplate anymore. Allen Goodman, who works at BankSimple, is now my co-maintainer and he has full commit privileges. In the next few

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