Monthly Archives: October 2011

Sphericity Test for Covariance Matrices in R (sphericity.test)

October 9, 2011
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Sphericity Test for Covariance Matrices in R (sphericity.test)

This is a piece of code I implemented in 2004, which was supposed to be part of an R-package in multivariate testing (to be named, rather creatively, mvttests). Time has flown, I haven’t still got around to implementing the said package, but people keep asking me for the sphericity.test function, so here it is, for

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Operating on datasets inside a function

October 9, 2011
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There are times when we need to write a function that makes changes to a generic data frame that is passed as an argument. Let’s say, for example, that we want to write a function that converts to factor any … Continue reading →

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Open Street maps

October 8, 2011
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Open Street maps

There have been some exciting developments in the Deducer ecosystem over the summer which should go into CRAN release in the next few months. Today I'm going to give a quick sneak peek at an Open Street Map - R connection with accompanying GUI. This post will just show the non-GUI components. The first part of the

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Performance difference between Stata and R

October 8, 2011
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With respect to multinomial logit model, the performance difference between the two packages are quite large, based on this post.

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Some light data munging with R, with an application to ranking NFL Teams

October 8, 2011
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Some light data munging with R, with an application to ranking NFL Teams

I recently submitted this blog to R-bloggers, which aggregates R-related blog posts. It's a fantastic site and has been invaluable to me as I've learned R. One of my favorite kinds of articles is the hands-on, "hello world"-style weekend project t...

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Visualizing GIS data with R and Open Street Map

October 8, 2011
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Visualizing GIS data with R and Open Street Map

In this post I way to share with you some code to use Openstreetmap – maps as a backdrop for a data visualization. We will use the RgoogleMaps-package for R. In the following I will show you how to make this graph. 1. Download the map I wanted to take a closer look at an

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A brief idea of style

October 8, 2011
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Once one starts writing more R code the need for consistency increases, as it facilitates managing larger projects and their maintenance. There are several style guides or suggestions for R; for example, Andrew Gelman’s, Hadley Wickham’s, Bioconductor’s and this one. … Continue reading →

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Using Sweave

October 8, 2011
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If you use R and haven’t discovered Sweave then go and find out about it. It enables R code and plots to be incorporated into a document so the analysis and report can be combined together in a single document. … Continue reading →

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R Graph Gallery widget in R Bloggers

October 8, 2011
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R Graph Gallery widget in R Bloggers

The R Bloggers website, maintained by Tal Galili, aggregates blogs (including mine) from many people of the R community. Tal and I have been wondering about how to tight R Bloggers with the gallery, supporting each other's website. To that extent...

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Risk, Return and Analyst Ratings

October 7, 2011
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Risk, Return and Analyst Ratings

Today I want to discuss a connection between Risk, Return and Analyst Ratings. Let’s start with defining our universe of stocks : 30 stocks from Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) index. For each stock I will compute the number of Upgrades and Downgrades, Risk, and Return in 2010:2011. I will run a linear regression and

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