Monthly Archives: August 2012

Integrating R into a SAS shop

August 29, 2012
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I work in an environment dominated by SAS, and I am looking to integrate R into our environment. Why would I want to do such a thing? First, I do not want to get rid of SAS. That would not only take away most of our investment in SAS training and hiring good quality SAS programmers, but...

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Generate simple HTML slides using deck.js and markdown

August 29, 2012
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RStudio and knitr are an excellent conbination for generating dynamic reports. But in this blog, I will show you how to generate HTML-style presentaion using R only. OK, I confess that we still need something else: deck.js and markdown and R.utils. ...

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Facts About R Packages (2)

August 29, 2012
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R Packages All Well maintained? There are so many R packages, can they all be trusted? or are they well maintained? To answer this question, we just need to take a look of their archive histories. If a package has many versions, we can take that as th...

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Facts About R Packages (1)

August 29, 2012
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R Packages growth Curve Why R is so popular? There are a lot of reasons, such as: easy to learn and convenient to use, active community, open source, etc. Another important reason is the numerous contributed packages. Up to yesterday, there are 4033 R...

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Generate Quasi-Poisson Distribution Random Variable

August 29, 2012
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Most of regression methods assume that response variables follow some exponential distribution families, e.g. Guassian, Poisson, Gamma, etc. However, this assumption was frequently violated in real world by, for example, zero-inflated overdispersion problem. A number of methods were developed to deal with such problem, and among them, Quasi-Poisson and Negative Binomial are the most popular methods perhaps due to that...

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googleVis — NASA’s exploration of Mars

August 29, 2012
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googleVis — NASA’s exploration of Mars

After generating a few interactive charts with googleVis, I realized that it’s a great way to visualize numeric data, especially multi-dimentional data. Days ago, my colleague sent me a picture taken by Curiosity from Mars. He was crazy about it … Continue reading →

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Setting Up the Development Version of R

August 28, 2012
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My coworkers at Fred Hutchinson regularly use the development version of R (i.e., R-devel) and have urged me to do the same. This post details how I have set up the development version of R on our Linux server, which I use remotely because it is much faster than my Mac. First, I downloaded the R-devel source into ~/local/, which...

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Newton-Raphson can compute an average

August 28, 2012
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Newton-Raphson can compute an average

In our article How robust is logistic regression? we pointed out some basic yet deep limitations of the traditional full-step Newton-Raphson or Iteratively Reweighted Least Squares methods of solving logistic regression problems (such as in R‘s standard glm() implementation). In fact in the comments we exhibit a well posed data fitting problem that can not Related posts:

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Will Data Scientists Be Replaced by Tools?

August 28, 2012
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The Quick-and-Dirty Summary I was recently asked to participate in a proposed SXSW panel that will debate the question, “Will Data Scientists Be Replaced by Tools?” This post describes my current thinking on that question as a way of (1) convincing you to go vote for the panel’s inclusion in this year’s SXSW and (2)

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m x n matrix with randomly assigned 0/1

August 28, 2012
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m x n matrix with randomly assigned 0/1

Today Scott Chamberlain tweeted asking for a better/faster solution to building an m x n matrix with randomly assigned 0/1. He already had a working version: Now, I’m the first to acknowledge that I’ve never got the ‘apply’ family of … Continue reading →

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