Monthly Archives: August 2011

The Open Governing Index: How open is the R project?

August 8, 2011
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The Open Governing Index is a new measure developed by VisionMobile, that rates open-source projects regarding their governance process. The index has four facets, described thoroughly in the "Open Governance Index" publication, and briefly below. access - These criteria assess the availability of source code, a permissive license, developer support mechanisms, a roadmap, and openness

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Win-Vector starts submitting content to r-bloggers.com

August 8, 2011
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We have been consistently impressed by and enjoyed the wealth of R wisdom available on the R-bloggers aggregation site. Therefore Win-Vector LLC is granting the right to reformat and redistribute (with attribution and link) our blog‘s R content in the R-bloggers site and feeds. We hope to see our R content shared through this network. Related posts:

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(#ESA11) rOpenSci: a collaborative effort to develop R-based tools for facilitating Open Science

August 8, 2011
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(#ESA11) rOpenSci: a collaborative effort to develop R-based tools for facilitating Open Science

Our development team would like to announce the launch of rOpenSci. As the title states, this project aims to create R packages to make open science more available to researchers. http://ropensci.org/ What this means is t...

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Trading volume forecast for an illiquid stock

August 8, 2011
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Trading volume forecast for an illiquid stock

When dealing with transaction cost analysis, a stock’s volume is assumed to be stable or foreseeable.  However, there is different picture, then we are dealing with an illiquid stock. It is relatively easy to forecast the volume of a liquid stock, because trading volume has high autocorrelation – the volumes at t and t+1 are correlated. For

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R at Wikimania

August 8, 2011
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Wikimania 2011 came to a close yesterday. For those of you unfamiliar with Wikimania it may be described as UseR for Wikipedia, Wikimedia and MediaWiki all rolled into one. The conference brings together staff, volunteer editors, volunteer developers and users of MediaWiki projects. Of specific interest to R Bloggers readers may be the sessions on…

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RghcnV3 2.0

August 7, 2011
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RghcnV3 2.0

Well, version 2.0 is in the can and I’ll be uploading to CRAN over the next couple of days. Lets go over the highlights. Prior to version 2.0 we had basically 3 kinds of data flowing around the package: V3 14 column format, zoo objects and mts objects.  The 14 column format has always been

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Meta-analysis

August 7, 2011
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Meta-analysis

Introduction Effect estimation is an important task in modern research. An example is the identification of risk factors for disease and the qualification of medical treatments. Usually, researchers are interested in estimating the global, common effect. Since actual effects tend to differ across populations, estimates based on sample of a particular population seldomly generalize well.

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Usability

August 7, 2011
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Usability. I am not an expert in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) at all. Worse, I make the crappiest looking interfaces, typically. So, that's said. Usability. Wikipedia writes that "sability is the ease of use and learnability of a ...

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R popularity – steady growth and New York Times

August 6, 2011
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R popularity – steady growth and New York Times

I have just came up with an idea how to test the wikipedia search traffic visualisation functions that I wrote about in my previous post. I decided to check if R is really gaining popularity that fast. ar <- wikiStat("R_(programming_language)", … Continue reading →

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Fitting mixture distributions with the R package mixtools

Fitting mixture distributions with the R package mixtools

My last two posts have been about mixture models, with examples to illustrate what they are and how they can be useful.  Further discussion and more examples can be found in Chapter 10 of Exploring Data in Engineering, the Sciences, and Medicine.  One important topic I haven’t covered is how to fit mixture models to datasets like the Old Faithful geyser...

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