Monthly Archives: October 2011

Because it’s Friday: Reviews of Random Digits

October 7, 2011
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If you dig around enough on Amazon.com, you can find some pretty odd products (like the Badonkadonk tank now sadly unavailable). Attached to these products you can often find a new form of comedy: the funny Amazon review. The products that attract such attention can be hard to fathom: this gallon of milk has more than 1,000 reviews. (Sample:...

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All combinations for levelplot

October 7, 2011
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All combinations for levelplot

In a previous post I explained how to create all possible combinations of the levels of two factors using expand.grid(). Another use for this function is to create a regular grid for two variables to create a levelplot or a … Continue reading →

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In case you missed it: September Roundup

October 7, 2011
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In case you missed them, here are some articles from September of particular interest to R users. The deadline to enter the "R Applications" contest with $20,000 in prizes is October 31. The RHadoop Project, a new collection of open-source R packages from Revolution Analytics, makes it possible to write map-reduce jobs in R to analyze huge data sets...

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R Workshop: Reading in Large Data Frames

October 7, 2011
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 One question I get a lot about how to read large data frames into R. There are some useful tricks that can save you both time and memory when reading large data frames but I find that many people are not aware of them. Of course, your ability to read...

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When Wellington meets the “animation” package

October 7, 2011
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When Wellington meets the “animation” package

The “animation” package is great for creating .gif files (of course, it also produces video and flash files thanks to Yihui Xie). By using this package, I would like to show you a nice spot in Wellington, NZ. At this … Continue reading →

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R – Tutorial I

October 7, 2011
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NOTE : This tutorial has been superseded by the exhaustive R tutorials Here Basics Start R in Windows using the program menu. To quit :  q(). to call help for a function. help() or ?. use double quotes to escape special characters and tokens. e.g. ?”for”. objects() or ls() to obtain list of objects stored. rm()… Read More »

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FFT / Power Spectrum Box-and-Whisker Plot with Gggplot2

October 6, 2011
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I have a bunch of time series whose power spectra (FFT via R's spectrum() function) I've been trying to visualize in an intuitive, aesthetically appealing way. At first, I just used lattice's bwplot, but the spacing of the X-axis here really matters. ...

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Visualizing Tables with plot.table

October 6, 2011
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Visualizing Tables with plot.table

plot.table function in the Systematic Investor Toolbox is a flexible table drawing routine. plot.table has a simple interface and takes following parameters: plot.matrix – matrix with data you want to plot smain – text to draw in (top, left) cell; default value is blank string highlight – Either TRUE/FALSE to indicate if you want to

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Assumptions of the Linear Model

October 6, 2011
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Assumptions of the Linear Model

Linear Assumptions from the Analysis Factor – Assumptions of linear regression (and ANOVA) are about the residuals, not the normality or independence of the response variable (Y). If you don’t know what this means be sure to read this brief … Continue reading →

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Bat Country

October 6, 2011
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Bat Country

I've spent a lot of time thinking about and using R's spectrum() function and the Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) in the last 5+ years. Lately, they've begun to remind me a little of a Theremin: simple to use, difficult to master. While prepping a figur...

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