Monthly Archives: October 2011

Lattice when modeling, ggplot when publishing

October 17, 2011
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Lattice when modeling, ggplot when publishing

When working in research projects I tend to fit several, sometimes quite a few, alternative models. This model fitting is informed by theoretical considerations (e.g. quantitative genetics, experimental design we used, our understanding of the process under study, etc.) but … Continue reading →

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Software for Research, Part 3: [R], RStudio and ggplot2 for Statistics

October 17, 2011
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Software for Research, Part 3: [R], RStudio and ggplot2 for Statistics

is an excellent open-source statistics language. It's cross-platform and free and I think it will eventually displace proprietary stat's packages due to its rapid development, speed and ease of use. So there's no time like the present to get used...

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Colors in R

October 17, 2011
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Colors in R

One of my favorite R packages that I use all the time is the RColorBrewer package. The package has been around for a while now and is written/maintained by Erich Neuwirth. The guts of the package are based on Cynthia Brewer’s very cool work on the us...

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Example 9.10: more regression trees and recursive partitioning with "partykit"

October 17, 2011
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Example 9.10: more regression trees and recursive partitioning with "partykit"

We discuss recursive partitioning, a technique for classification and regression using a decision tree in section 6.7.3 of the book. Support for these methods is available within the rpart package. Torsten Hothorn and Achim Zeileis have extended the ...

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Backtesting a Simple Stock Trading Strategy: Part 3

October 17, 2011
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Backtesting a Simple Stock Trading Strategy: Part 3

Note: This post is NOT financial advice!  This is just a fun way to explore some of the capabilities R has for importing and manipulating data.   In a previous post, I examined a simple stock trading strategy: Find the high point over the la...

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Tikz Nodes

October 17, 2011
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Tikz Nodes

Nodes are used in tikz to place content in a picture as part of a LaTeX document. Fast Tube by Casper When creating a tikz picture the origin is assumed to be at (0,0) and objects are placed with positioning relative to the origin on the picture. If we wanted to add a grid with

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Installing rgdal on a Mac

October 16, 2011
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So, installing rgdal, which is an important R package for spatial data analysis can be a bit of a pain on the mac. Here are two ways to make it happen.   The Easy Way In R run: install.packages('rgdal',repos="http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/pub/RWin") The Hard Way Download and install GDAL 1.8 Complete and  PROJ framework v4.7.0-2   from: http://www.kyngchaos.com/software/frameworks%29 Download the latest version of rgdal from CRAN.

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Running SQL Queries in R With the SQLDF Package

October 16, 2011
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  The sqldf package can be used to run sql queries on R data frames. The user simply needs to specify a sql statement enclosed by quotation marks within the sqldf() function. In the follow R code, you see various ways of using the sqldf package to run sql queries on R data frames. The sql

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Geo-doodlers – Paul Butler and FlowingData

October 16, 2011
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Geo-doodlers – Paul Butler and FlowingData

I found this great R-Visualization example via an R-Blogger post that xingmowang made. (One more good reason for why it is important to read lots of field-related blogs!)Here's the image:If this was merely eye-candy, I would have enjoyed it, but not in...

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Linear mixed models in R

October 16, 2011
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A substantial part of my job has little to do with statistics; nevertheless, a large proportion of the statistical side of things relates to applications of linear mixed models. The bulk of my use of mixed models relates to the … Continue reading →

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