Monthly Archives: November 2012

Fun with coin flips

November 21, 2012
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Fun with coin flips

We all know that the odds of flipping an unbiased coin is 50% heads, 50% tails. But what happens if you do this a lot of times. Do you expect the same number of heads and tails? What if we took a cumulative sum where heads = +1 and tails = -1. What wou...

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Video: SimpleR tricks and tools: Help, debugging, git, LaTeX, and workflow with R by Prof Rob Hyndman

November 21, 2012
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Video: SimpleR tricks and tools: Help, debugging, git, LaTeX, and workflow with R by Prof Rob Hyndman

This post shares the video from a talk presented on 20th November 2012 by Professor Rob Hyndman at Melbourne R Users. The talk provides an introduction to: Getting R help Debugging R functions R style guides Making good use of … Continue reading →

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Rcpp attributes: A simple example ‘making pi’

November 20, 2012
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Rcpp attributes: A simple example ‘making pi’

We introduced Rcpp 0.10.0 with a number of very nice new features a few days ago, and the activity on the rcpp-devel mailing list has been pretty responsive which is awesome. But because few things beat a nice example, this post tries to build some more excitement. We will illustrate how Rcpp attributes makes it really easy to add C++ code...

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R User Conference in Spain: Call for Tutorials

November 20, 2012
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I'm really looking forward to useR! 2013 (the international conference for R users), and not just because it's being held in Spain next year (July 10-12). The program is already coming together, with a great lineup of invited speakers, including R-core member Duncan Murdoch and prolific package authoR Hadley Wickham. You too can be part of the program, by...

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optimising accept-reject

November 20, 2012
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optimising accept-reject

I spotted on R-bloggers a post discussing optimising the efficiency of programming accept-reject algorithms. While it is about SAS programming, and apparently supported by the SAS company, there are two interesting features with this discussion. The first one is about avoiding the dreaded loop in accept-reject algorithms. For instance, taking the case of the truncated-at-one

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Functional programming with lambda.r

November 20, 2012
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Functional programming with lambda.r

After a four month simmer on various back burners and package conflicts, I’m pleased to announce that the successor to …Continue reading »

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SimpleR tips, tricks and tools

November 20, 2012
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I gave this talk last night to the Melbourne Users of R Network. Examples

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Claims reserving in R: ChainLadder 0.1.5-4 released

November 20, 2012
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Last week we released version 0.1.5-4 of the ChainLadder package on CRAN. The R package provides methods which are typically used in insurance claims reserving. If you are new to R or insurance check out my recent talk on Using R in Insurance.The chain-ladder method which is a popular method in the insurance industry to forecast future...

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Heteroskedastic GLM in R

November 20, 2012
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Heteroskedastic GLM in R

A commenter on my previous blog entry has drawn my attention to an R function called hetglm() that estimates heteroskedastic probit models. This function is contained in the glmx package. The glmx package is not available on CRAN yet, but thankfully can be downloaded here. The hetglm() function has a number of computational advantages compared with

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Prime Factorization Visualization with R and Shiny

November 20, 2012
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Prime Factorization Visualization with R and Shiny

Quite a lot of people have had fun recently with prime factorization. It all started on The Math Less Traveled, then various versions of the prime factorization diagrams appeared (here, here, this animated one, etc., they are actually more or less listed here). So I wanted to have fun too and give a try...

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