# Monthly Archives: December 2012

## Music Network Visualization

December 11, 2012
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Note: probably of interest only to the intersection of the readers who are into niche music genres and those interested in network visualization. My music interests have always been rather, hmm…, eclectic. Somehow IDM, ambient, darkwave, triphop, acid jazz, bossa … Continue reading →

## Estimating Pi

December 11, 2012
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Recently I’ve been working on some jackknife and bootstrapping problems.  While working on those projects I figured it would be a fun distraction to take the process and estimate pi.  I’m sure this problem has been tackled countless times but I have never bothered to try it using a Monte Carlo approach.  Here is the

## Visualizing Baltimore 3.1: Crime and Vacant Properties, Neighborhood Level, Bit More Polished

December 11, 2012
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Redos of the plots from this post: Bit more communicative, though the overplotting is a bit annoying. Code: ## gis libraries library(spBayes) library(MBA) library(geoR) library(fields) library(sp) library(maptools) library(rgdal) library(classInt) library(lattice) library(xtable) library(spatstat) library(splancs)   ## Other packages library(ggplot2) library(foreign) library(stringr)...

## Gmail went down. Nobody panic.

December 11, 2012
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Source: 1500 random tweets from today with the terms 'gmail down' (pulled from API).

## Linear Models with Multiple Fixed Effects

December 11, 2012
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$Linear Models with Multiple Fixed Effects$

Estimating a least squares linear regression model with fixed effects is a common task in applied econometrics, especially with panel data. For example, one might have a panel of countries and want to control for fixed country factors. In this case the researcher will effectively include this fixed identifier as a factor variable, and then proceed to

## R Tip: Avoid using T and F as synonyms for TRUE and FALSE

December 11, 2012
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By default when you start R, T and F are defined as TRUE and FALSE. When I review other people’s code, I often see functions defined with arguments set to these values by default. This is a very bad idea. … Continue reading →

## US State Maps using map_data()

December 11, 2012
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Today’s short post will show how to make a simple map using map_data(). Let’s assume you have data in a CSV file that may look like this: Notice the lower case state names; they will make merging the data much easier. The variable of inte...

## Split strings based on a character in the string

December 11, 2012
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R has various facilities for string manipulation including the strsplit function to divide a string into substrings based on matching to another string. A simple example is shown below > strsplit("<td class=\"objectName\"><a href=\"/path/test.html\" target=\"\" title=\"An Object\" class=\"myObject\">Stuff</a></td>", "<") ] "" "td class=\"objectName\">" "a href=\"/path/test.html\" target=\"\" title=\"An Object\" class=\"myObject\">Stuff" "/a>" "/td>"

## Comparing regions: maps, cartograms and tree maps

December 11, 2012
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Last week I attended a seminar where a talk was given about the economic opportunities in the SAAAME (South-America, Asia, Africa and Middle East) regions. Of course a map was shown with those regions highlighted. The map was not that disimilar to the one below. library(RColorBrewer)library(rworldmap)data(countryExData)par(mai=c(0,0,0.2,0),xaxs="i",yaxs="i")mapByRegion( countryExData, ...

## New website!

December 11, 2012
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This is my new website! It’s built using jekyll-bootstrap and hosted on Github.