Monthly Archives: February 2012

the birthday problem [X’idated]

February 1, 2012
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the birthday problem [X’idated]

The birthday problem (i.e. looking at the distribution of the birthdates in a group of n persons, assuming a uniform distribution of the calendar dates of those birthdates) is always a source of puzzlement ! For instance, here is a recent post on Cross Validated: I have 360 friends on facebook, and, as

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RStudio Server: accessing the RStudio R IDE through your browser

February 1, 2012
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I like having all my important documents and scripts in one single place. This saves me from having to synchronize them between the different workplaces I have, and makes backupping much less of a pain. One way of achieving this… See more ›

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R is the easiest language to speak badly

February 1, 2012
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R is the easiest language to speak badly

I am amazed by the number of comments I received on my recent blog entry about "by", "apply" and friends. I had started my post by pointing out that R is a language. Well indeed, I have come to the conclusion, that it is a language with lots of irregul...

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MINE: Maximal Information-based NonParametric Exploration

February 1, 2012
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MINE: Maximal Information-based NonParametric Exploration

There was a lot of buzz in the blogosphere as well as the science community about a new family of algorithms that are able to find non-linear relationships over extremely large fields of data. What makes it particularly useful is that the measure(s) it...

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