Monthly Archives: December 2011

A prize of US$3,000,000 for a data mining competition to improve healthcare

December 13, 2011
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A prize of US$3,000,000 for a data mining competition to improve healthcare

There is a data mining competition with a prize of $3,000,000. The target is to improve healthcare in US by identifying patients who will be admitted to a hospital within the next year, using historical claims data. The algorithm to … Continue reading →

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Some Fun with googleVis – Mapping Blog Visits on Google Map

December 13, 2011
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Some Fun with googleVis – Mapping Blog Visits on Google Map

See stand-alone code to produce this map below.Read more »

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spider: an R package for species identity and evolution

December 12, 2011
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spider: an R package for species identity and evolution

spider: Species identity and evolution is an R package developed by the Lincoln University molecular ecology lab group to do a range of analyses that various lab members wanted to run that were not yet implemented in R. In particular, the package provi...

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Backtesting Minimum Variance portfolios

December 12, 2011
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Backtesting Minimum Variance portfolios

I want to show how to combine various risk measures I discussed while writing the series of posts about Asset Allocation with backtesting library in the Systematic Investor Toolbox. I will use Minimum Variance portfolio as an example for this post. I recommend reading a good discussion about Minimum Variance portfolios at Minimum Variance Sector

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Teaching Assistant with R expertise needed in Toronto

December 12, 2011
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Services of a teaching assistant (TA) are required for a course in Applied Retail Research at Ryerson University in Toronto. The course will run from January to April 2012. Experience with statistical analysis  using R is required. For details on the course, please click HERE. To apply or read more about the position, please

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Pairs for the "P" (loadings) matrix

December 12, 2011
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Pairs for the "P" (loadings) matrix

Ver primero: PCA file calculation with "R"See first:         PCA file calculation with "R"Podemos ver los diferentes planos que forman los PCs entre sí, con la función "Pairs" de "R".We can see all the combinat...

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How to Become an Efficient and Collaborative R Programmer

December 12, 2011
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I may want to add a subtitle “Why R-Forge Must Die” (thinking of Barry Rowlingson’s talk earlier this year). I have been a GitHub user for two years, and I was mainly influenced by Hadley. Now I even feel a little bit addicted to GitHub (its slogan is “social coding”), because it is really convenient

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Default Convenience Functions in R (Rprofile.site)

December 12, 2011
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Default Convenience Functions in R (Rprofile.site)

I keep my blog-reference-functions, snippets, etc., at github and want to source them from there. This can be achieved by utilizing a function (source_https, customized for my purpose HERE). The original function was provided by the R-Blogger Tony Brey...

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Mapping prosperity in France with R

December 12, 2011
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Mapping prosperity in France with R

The choropleth below (created by Baptiste Coulmont) is a sort of prosperity map of France: the blue areas have high levels of personal income (actually, median household income tax paid divided by the number of household members), while the red areas have the lowest: The map was created with the help of GEOFLA "communes" shapefile (my high-school French begins...

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Time series cross-validation 3

December 12, 2011
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Time series cross-validation 3

I've updated my time-series cross validation algorithm to fix some bugs and allow for a possible xreg term.     This allows for cross-validation of multivariate models, so long as they are specified as a function with the following ...

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