Monthly Archives: November 2011

Job Satisfaction in England – GGPlot #2

November 29, 2011
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Job Satisfaction in England – GGPlot #2

I’ve recently been scouring the internet for a public opinion data set pertaining to job satisfaction. I was particularly interested in examining how gender, age, and socio-economic status influence how satisfied an individual is with their current employment situation. For example, existing research suggests that women and private-sector employees tend to have higher levels of

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The art of R programming

November 29, 2011
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The art of R programming

This is a gem of a book. It will become the book I give PhD students when they are learning how to write good R code. That is, if I ever see it again. I had hoped to write a review of it, but I haven’t seen it since it arrived in the mail a

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Learning R as a language

November 29, 2011
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Learning R as a language

Books written to teach a general purpose programming language are usually organized according to the features of the language and examples often show how a particular language feature is interpreted by a compiler. Books about domain specific languages are usually organized in a way that makes sense in the corresponding application domain and examples usually

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Ulam Spirals in R and ggplot

November 29, 2011
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Ulam Spirals in R and ggplot

Having seen a twitter post speed by about Ulam Spirals I started to read up.  As the story goes in 1963 Stanislaw Ulam was bored at conference and started scribbling numbers in a spiral. What he discovered was a strange diaginal pattern of Prime Nu...

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Clearning up the sqldf confusion

November 29, 2011
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Apparently I have issues with my reading comprehension and with Textmate (initially) when it comes to using the sqldf package. G. pointed out in the previous comments, I could have just used options(gsubfn.engine = "R") instead of going through the trouble of installing the tcltk binaries. If you’ve got a happy distribution of R that

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RcppArmadillo 0.2.31

November 29, 2011
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Conrad Sanderson just released the second pre-release 2.3.92 of what will be Armadillo 2.4.*. This is now in RcppArmadillo release 0.2.31 which is already on CRAN as of this morning. The NEWS entries summarising the changes for both a...

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R still the preferred tool of predictive modelers competing at Kaggle

November 29, 2011
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R still the preferred tool of predictive modelers competing at Kaggle

As reported on the Kaggle blog No Free Hunch, R remains the preferred tool for data scientists seeking to win the prizes in the predictive modeling competitions: More than 30% of Kaggle competitors report using R for their analysis, up from 22% a year ago. R's flexibility and the breadth of packages for machine learning and predictive modeling make...

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Relation Between Fires and Distanse to the Nearest Road (Recalculated)

November 29, 2011
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Relation Between Fires and Distanse to the Nearest Road (Recalculated)

As you may already know, I'm a proud owner of AMD FX-8150 8-core CPU. And I've purchased it not for gaming reasons, but for science. My previous CPU was painfully slow with such calculations as determination of the relation between fires and distance t...

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Permanently Setting the CRAN repository

November 29, 2011
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Setting the CRAN repository so that it does not ask every time you try to install a package  is something that I think few people bother to do, but it is so simple and can save a fair bit of frustration when working.  This is accomplished through a setting in one of the Rprofile files.  There

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Review of "The Art of R Programming" by Norman Matloff

November 29, 2011
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By Joseph Rickert Anyone seeking to learn R faces two major challenges: (1) learning how to swim in the sea of information: R packages, books, websites, blog posts, message boards etc. that threatens to drown a newbie and (2) and coming to grips with the structure, syntax and features of the language itself. Having some idea of what one...

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