Monthly Archives: November 2011

Evolving Domestic Frontier

November 1, 2011
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Evolving Domestic Frontier

When we learn the efficient frontier, most are misled to believe that the frontier is static and unchanging.  However, we should have all learned by recent experience that the frontier is as volatile as the assets that construct it.  If we lo...

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Use case: combining taxize and rgbif

November 1, 2011
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Use case: combining taxize and rgbif

Sure thing….this is just the sort of thing for which rOpenSci is being built. A colleague of mine recently saw our packages in development and thought, “Hey, that could totally make my life easier.”   What was made easier you ask?   This was his situation: He had a list of ca. 1200 species of

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Computing on the Language Followup

November 1, 2011
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My article on computing on the language was unexpectedly popular and so I wanted to quickly follow up on my own solution. Many of you got the answer, and in fact many got solutions that were quite a bit shorter than mine. Here’s how I did it: makeList

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Teaching with R: the tools

November 1, 2011
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I bought an Android phone, nothing fancy just my first foray in the smartphone world, which is a big change coming from the dumb phone world(*). Everything is different and I am back at being a newbie; this is what … Continue reading →

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Bootstrapping a Single Statistic (k=1) The following example…

November 1, 2011
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Bootstrapping a Single Statistic (k=1)

The following example…

Bootstrapping a Single Statistic (k=1) The following example generates the bootstrapped 95% confidence interval for R-squared in the linear regression of miles per gallon (mpg) on car weight (wt) and displacement (disp). The data source is mtcars. The...

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Web Scraping Google Scholar & Show Result as Word Cloud Using R

November 1, 2011
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Web Scraping Google Scholar & Show Result as Word Cloud Using R

OUTDATED! Please see the update HERE!...When reading Scott Chemberlain's last post about web-scraping I felt it was time to pick up and complete an idea that I was brooding over for some time now:When a scientist aims out for a new project the firs...

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Minimizing Downside Risk

November 1, 2011
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Minimizing Downside Risk

In the Maximum Loss and Mean-Absolute Deviation risk measures, and Expected shortfall (CVaR) and Conditional Drawdown at Risk (CDaR) posts I started the discussion about alternative risk measures we can use to construct efficient frontier. Another alternative risk measure I want to discuss is Downside Risk. In the traditional mean-variance optimization both returns above and

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How Might Data Journalists Show Their Working? Sweave

November 1, 2011
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How Might Data Journalists Show Their Working? Sweave

If part of the role of data journalism is to make transparent the justification behind claims that are, or aren’t, backed up by data, there’s good reason to suppose that the journalists should be able to back up their own data-based claims with evidence about how they made use of the data. Posting links to

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Line Plots (Econometric in R) Input: ##…

November 1, 2011
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Line Plots (Econometric in R)

Input:

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Line Plots (Econometric in R) Input: ## ---------------------------- ## ## Plotting Points *and* Lines ## ## ---------------------------- ## pow = c(0.95, 0.6, 0.3, 0.15, 0.1, 0.05, 0.1, 0.15, 0.3, 0.6, 0.95) pow2 = c(0.99, 0.75, 0.4, 0.2, 0.15, 0.0...

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Etiquette on the mailing list, to RTFM or not to RTFM

November 1, 2011
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Sometimes people ask very basic questions on the R-help mailing list, which could have easily been answered by reading some R manual or doing a quick Google search. Responses on the mailing range from people answering the question to “Please… See more ›

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