Monthly Archives: August 2012

RStudio server through ssh

August 10, 2012
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R language has numerous IDEs – RStudio, Vim plugin, Eclipse plugin. RStudio really shines for R language, nevertheless Vim plugin might be well adapted for R if you are Vim guru. Eclipse? Who needs such behemoth? Turns out a student in Ljubljana badly needs it. Most of the time I use remote server for R

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Why we are teaching massive open online courses (MOOCs) in R/statistics for Coursera

August 10, 2012
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Editor’s Note: This post written by Roger Peng and Jeff Leek.  A couple of weeks ago, we announced that we would be teaching free courses in Computing for Data Analysis and Data Analysis on the Coursera platform. At the same time, a number of ot...

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Simulation: The modeller’s laboratory

August 10, 2012
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Simulation: The modeller’s laboratory

In his 2004 paper in Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Steven Peck argues: Simulation models can be used to mimic complex systems, but unlike nature, can be manipulated in ways that would be impossible, too costly or unethical to do in natural systems. Simulation can add to theory development and testing, can offer hypotheses about the

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Importing data directly from MS Excel

August 10, 2012
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Importing data directly from MS Excel

R is great for exploring, analysing and graphing your valuable data. No question about it. Unfortunately though, there’s no base package support for importing data directly from MS Excel. This means that you have to faff about saving it in another format, and THEN import this new file. This just adds another file to your

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Brokering Closure is moving

August 10, 2012
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Brokering Closure is moving

Dear readers, this blog is moving out from wordpress.com to a new location. The new address is http://bc.bojanorama.pl. Please update your bookmarks. Drodzy czytelnicy, blog “Brokering Closure” wyprowadza się z wordpress.com pod nowy adres: http://bc.bojanorama.pl. Zaktualizujcie swoje linki/zakładki. Filed under: game theory, geek, networks, po polsku, R, social science, statistics, Uncategorized, web

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RProtoBuf 0.2.5

August 9, 2012
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A new release 0.2.5 of RProtoBuf is now on CRAN. RProtoBuf provides GNU R bindings for the Google Protobuf data encoding library used and released by Google. This release once again contains a number of patches kindly contributed by Murray Stokely...

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Installing the Development Version of R on Ubuntu (alongside the current version of R)

August 9, 2012
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A recent question was asked on the R-sig-Debian on installing the development version of R alongside the stable version. While most users of R do not need to have two versions installed on their machine, it is useful if you are developing packages for...

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48 Industries (Dendrogram Ordered) Over 50 Years

August 9, 2012
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48 Industries (Dendrogram Ordered) Over 50 Years

Thanks to reader AHWest for the comment on post 48 Industries Since 1963. “I think it would be interesting to see the industries ordered by some sort of similarity of returns.” I think this is a great suggestion, and I would like to see it also.&n...

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2012 Summer Olympics: Home Court Advantage – How Will the Brits Perform?

August 9, 2012
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2012 Summer Olympics: Home Court Advantage – How Will the Brits Perform?

The Olympics are a big deal on a global scale. How big? Perhaps Paula Radcliffe (an English long distance runner) said it best: "I have achieved a lot and I'm grateful for that - I'm just a bit greedy because I want to add the Olympics. It's...

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How Many Data Scientists Are There?

August 9, 2012
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How Many Data Scientists Are There?

How Many Data Scientists Are There?I've seen a lot of articles lately about “Big Data” and the looming “talent gap.” This article from the Wall Street Journal is a good example. It cites a McKinsey estimate that states that we will need 1.5 million more managers and analysts who are conversant with “big data.” Of...

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