Monthly Archives: April 2012

Information flows like water

April 16, 2012
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Information flows like water

Guiding a ship, it takes more than your skill Spark David Rowe’s Risk column this month is about data leverage. The idea is that you are leveraging your data if you are using it to answer questions that are too demanding of information. The piece reminded me of a talk that Dave gave a few … Continue reading...

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Borrowing Ideas from Timely Portfolio

April 15, 2012
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Borrowing Ideas from Timely Portfolio

I want to highlight two great Visualization techniques I discovered by reading the fine blog from Timely Portfolio. First method is based on the lm System on Nikkei with New Chart. Let’s visualize Strategy’s Long/Short/Not Invested periods by highlighting the underlying (i.e. buy & hold) with green/red/gray. Following is a sample code that implements this

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Significance Test for Kendall’s Tau-b

April 15, 2012
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Significance Test for Kendall’s Tau-b

A variation of the standard definition of Kendall correlation coefficient is necessary in order to deal with data samples with tied ranks. It known as the Kendall’s tau-b coefficient and is more effective in determining whether two non-parametric data samples with ties are correlated. read more

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The Popularity of Statistical Packages

April 15, 2012
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No matter what your favourite statistical package is, you'll find this post by Robert Muenchen highly informative.Robert concludes that:"By most of the measures discussed here, R is competing well with the commercial software vendors. However, I advise not over generalizing from this data. SAS and SPSS continue to dominate the corporate world and Stata is doing quite...

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ggplot2 Time Series Heatmaps

April 15, 2012
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ggplot2 Time Series Heatmaps

How do you easily get beautiful calendar heatmaps of time series in ggplot2? E.g:From MarginTaleI was impressed by the lattice-based  implementation from Paul Bleicher of Humedica, which you can find referenced in http://blog.revolutionanalytics.c...

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The R-Podcast Episode 5: Basic Package Management

April 15, 2012
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After a brief delay here’s episode 5 of the R-Podcast. In this episode: R 2.15.0 released, listener feedback, and discussion on basic package management. I discuss helpful resources for finding packages, installation procedures, and how to determine what packages are installed in your R system, among other considerations. If you are interested in providing a

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Registration for R/Finance 2012 is Open

April 15, 2012
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Registration for R/Finance 2012 is Open

Registration has been open for a while, but I wanted to point out the pre-conference seminars. Registrations are strong this year, so if you’re interested you’ll need to sign up before they sell out. Register here… As you probably know by now, the fourth annual R/Finance conference for applied finance using R will be held

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Visualization of Reading Level Frequency by Congressional Bill Stage

April 15, 2012
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Visualization of Reading Level Frequency by Congressional Bill Stage

  Here’s a fun example of how you might use my data on Congressional bill length and complexity.  Imagine you want to understand the empirical distribution of Flesch-Kincaid reading level for Congressional bills and how this distribution is related to … Continue reading →

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R can write R code, too

April 14, 2012
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In a recent blog post by CMastication, a little meme puzzle is presented with the introduction that a preschooler could solve it in 5-10 minutes, a programmer in an hour. I took the bait. The original problem goes like this: … Continue reading →

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Linguistic Notation Inside of R Plots!

April 14, 2012
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Linguistic Notation Inside of R Plots!

So, I've been playing around with learning knitr, which is a Sweave-like R package for combining LaTeX and R code into one document. There's almost no learning curve if you already use Sweave, and I find a lot of knitr's design and usage to be a lot nicer.I wasn't going to make a blog post or tutorial about...

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