Monthly Archives: January 2012

Categorizing my expenses

January 28, 2012
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Categorizing my expenses

In order to analyse my expenses, a classification scheme is necessary. I need to identify categories that are meaningful to me. I decided to go with the “Classification of Individual Consumption by Purpose” (COICOP), for three reasons:It is made by people who have thought more about consumption classification than I ever will. It is feasible to assign bank transactions...

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Say it in R with "by", "apply" and friends

January 28, 2012
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Say it in R with "by", "apply" and friends

Iris versicolor (Source: Wikipedia)R is a language, as Luis Apiolaza pointed out in his recent post. This is absolutely true, and learning a programming language is not much different from learning a foreign language. It takes time and a lot of pr...

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Le Monde puzzle [#755?]

January 27, 2012
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Le Monde puzzle [#755?]

Le Monde puzzle of last weekend was about sudoku-like matrices. Consider an (n,n) matrix containing the integers from 1 to n². The matrix is “friendly” if the set of the sums of the rows is equal to the set of the sum of the columns. Find examples for n=4,5,6. Why is there no friendly matrix

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hmm: implementation of viterbi algorithm (Durbin, 1998) Part 1

January 27, 2012
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hmm: implementation of viterbi algorithm (Durbin, 1998) Part 1

Example in the mentioned book goes as following – dishonest casino uses two types of dice. Fair one that has equal probability of landing on either side (1/6), and the loaded one with 50% chance for getting 6. Your task … Continue reading →

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heatmaps: controlling the color representation with set data range

January 27, 2012
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heatmaps: controlling the color representation with set data range

Often you want to set the fixed colors for particular range of your dataset to be sure that the visual output is correctly represented. This is particularly useful for time series data, where the range or your dataset might drastically … Continue reading →

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Distressing Numbers for Women

January 27, 2012
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Distressing Numbers for Women

Sometimes I play with non-linguistic data sets recreationally. It's a totally valid hobby! I tend to gravitate towards data on the disparities between men and women, because gender equality is something that matters to me.I've had this one data set for...

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Replicating NetLogo Fire model

January 27, 2012
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Replicating NetLogo Fire model

While preparing for the new semester I have started reimplementing standard NetLogo examples in R. The first is Fire model.The simulation in R is presented here:# Forest matrix trees encoding:# 3 – green, 2 – burning, 1 – burnt, 0 – no treesimu...

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Experimenting With iGraph – and a Hint Towards Ways of Measuring Engagement?

January 27, 2012
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Experimenting With iGraph – and a Hint Towards Ways of Measuring Engagement?

For fear of being left way behind as Martin Hawksey starts to get to grips with R, (see for example how he’s using R to automate the annotation of Google Spreadsheets with calculations that don’t come readily or efficiently to hand in Google Spreadsheets itself), I thought I better try to get to grips with

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New R User Group in Cleveland

January 27, 2012
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Another new local R user group has just started up, this time in Cleveland, OH. The Cleveland R User Group is the brainchild of R user Nicholas Hermez, and their first meeting on February 22 is a get-together to plan future topics, presenters and venues. If you're in the Cleveland area why not drop by and contribute your ideas?...

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RStudio, BibTex, and LaTeX

January 27, 2012
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I was having a little trouble getting RStudio to process BibTex entries and compile a LaTeX file. Bumping around on the great RStudio help forum, I found this entry, which pointed me in the direction. I needed to set a system environment variable in R ...

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