Monthly Archives: October 2012

Break even ratios for development investment decisions

October 22, 2012
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Break even ratios for development investment decisions

Developers are constantly being told that it is worth making the effort when writing code to make it maintainable (whatever that might be). Looking at this effort as an investment what kind of return has to be achieved to make it worthwhile? Short answer: The percentage saving during maintenance has to be twice as great

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Force R help HTML server to always use the same URL port

October 22, 2012
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The below code shows how to configure the 'help.ports' option in R such that the built-in R help server always uses the same URL port. Just add it to the .Rprofile file in your home directory (iff missing, create it). For more details, see help("Startup").# Force the URL of the help to http://127.0.0.1:21510options(help.ports=21510); A slighter fancier version is to use...

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Eight new R User Groups worldwide

October 22, 2012
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There are new local R user groups in eight (!) countries to announce this month: Sweden is host to the first R user group in Scandinavia. StockholmR has been holding meetings since September, and their next meeting on November 28 will be on Teaching R and Data visualization using R. In Taiwan, the Taipei-based Taiwan useR Group holds regular...

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Get an R Data Frame from a MongoDB Query

October 22, 2012
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There’s a good FAQ on how to do the MongoDB query -> R data frame but I wanted to post a more complete example that included the database connection and query setup since I suspect there are folks new to Mongo who would appreciate the end-to-end view. The code is fully annotated with comments, and

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Resurrect Posts on Japan and the Yen

October 22, 2012
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Resurrect Posts on Japan and the Yen

As the Yen and Japan continue to get more interesting in my mind, I just wanted to resurrect some posts that I have done on Japan and the Yen and sort them by my favorites. Japan Trade by Geographic RegionJapanese Trade and the YenJapan Intentional or...

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Josh vs. himself (or: Firefly > all)

October 22, 2012
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Josh vs. himself (or: Firefly > all)

For Jan...I've got no data for "S.H.I.E.L.D." :(Maybe, but just maybe, "Firefly" gets the way-to-early-cancelled bonus by the voting community.

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A statistical project bleg (urgent-ish)

October 22, 2012
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We all know that politicians can play it a little fast and loose with the truth. This is particularly true in debates, where politicians have to think on their feet and respond to questions from the audience or from each other.  Usually, we find out a...

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Is it meaningful to talk about a probability of “65.7%” that Obama will win the election?

October 22, 2012
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Is it meaningful to talk about a probability of “65.7%” that Obama will win the election?

The other day we had a fun little discussion in the comments section of the sister blog about the appropriateness of stating forecast probabilities to the nearest tenth of a percentage point. It started when Josh Tucker posted this graph from Nate Silver: My first reaction was: this looks pretty but it’s hyper-precise. I’m a The post Is...

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Getting data in and out of R

October 22, 2012
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Getting data in and out of R

One of the great advantages of R is that it recognizes almost any data format that you can throw at it. There are a myriad of different possible file formats but I'll concentrate on the four files that we see almost exclusively in public health: Excel ...

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Predict User’s Return Visit within a day part-3

October 22, 2012
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Predict User’s Return Visit within a day part-3

Welcome to the last part of the series on predicting user’s revisit to the website. In the  first part of series, I generated the logistic regression model for prediction problem whether a user will come back on  website in next 24 hours. In the second part, I discussed about model improvement and seen the model accuracy.

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