Monthly Archives: March 2012

Do more with dates and times in R with lubridate 1.1.0

March 16, 2012
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This is a guest post by Garrett Grolemund (mentored by Hadley Wickham) Lubridate is an R package that makes it easier to work with dates and times. The newest release of lubridate (v 1.1.0) comes with even more tools and …Read more »

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digest 0.5.2

March 15, 2012
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A new version of the digest package (which generates hash function summaries for arbitrary (and possibly nested) R objects using any of the standard md5, sha-1, sha-256 or crc32 algorithms) is now on CRAN. Murray Stokely noticed a corner case where...

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A No BS Guide to the Basics of Parallelization in R

March 15, 2012
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What is parallelization?Parallelization is using multiple processing cores to, hopefully, make your programs run faster than serial code, which is the use of just one processing core. Parallel code is not always faster than its serial counterpart (but if you're doing it right and you're careful about what you parallelize, it will be --- remember, that's your goal here). ...

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p curves revisited

March 15, 2012
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I finally found some time to take a closer look at p curves. I haven't had a chance to follow-up my simulations (and probably won't for a few weeks if not months), but I have had time to think through the ideas the p curve approach raises based on some of the comments I've received and a brief exchange...

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R gotcha for the week

March 15, 2012
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R gotcha for the week

I use the biomaRt package from Bioconductor in almost every R session. So I thought I’d load the library and set up a mart instance in my ~/.Rprofile: On starting R, I was somewhat perplexed to see this error message: Twitter to the rescue. @hadleywickham told me to load utils first and @vsbuffalo explained that

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Europe most dangerous cities

March 15, 2012
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Europe most dangerous cities

When I was searching for data about U.S prison population, for another post, I run across eurostat, a nice source for data to play around with. I pooled some numbers, specifically homicides recorded by the police. A panel data for … Continue reading →

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SAP integrates R with HANA

March 15, 2012
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SAP integrates R with HANA

We can add SAP to the list of vendors offering R integration with their products. InformationWeek reports that the new SAP BusinessObjects Predictive Analysis model provides a graphical user interface to R. Created in reaction to "competitive and market forces, including the momentum of open source R", the new module provides in-database processing (presumably by embedding R within HANA...

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Liking of apples – some data to link

March 15, 2012
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Liking of apples – some data to link

I browsed through a paper by Peneau et al. (J. Sensory Studies, 2007) where they have nice data on apples; consumer evaluation, sensory evaluation and instrumental measurements. I think these are interesting data to examine if these variable blocks can...

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The Anachronism Machine: The Language of Downton Abbey

March 15, 2012
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The Anachronism Machine: The Language of Downton Abbey

I've recently become hooked on the TV series Downton Abbey. I'm not usually one for costume dramas, but the mix of fine acting, the intriguing social relationships, and the larger WW1-era story make for compelling viewing. (Also: Maggie Smith is a treasure.) Despite the widespread criticial acclaim, Downton has met with criticism for some period-innapropriate uses of language. For...

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Opinions Not Backed by Money Updated Again

March 15, 2012
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Opinions Not Backed by Money Updated Again

Strange that I am updating this post for a third time and nothing really has changed, but the fact that nothing has changed is incredibly interesting to me.  Since it is an update, I will not duplicate the explanation, so please read the last vers...

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