Monthly Archives: January 2013

Using Rcpp to access the C API of xts

January 19, 2013
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Using Rcpp to access the C API of xts

The xts package by Jeff Ryan and Josh Ulrich is an immensely powerful tool that is widely used for timeseries work with R. Recently, the question about how to use it from Rcpp came up on StackOverflow and in a thread on the rcpp-devel list. In fact, xts has had an exposed API since 2008, but it...

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Using R to create visual illusions

January 18, 2013
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Using R to create visual illusions

This brings together two of my favorite (professional) things: R and visual illusions. Aside from being an extremely impressive application of R, it's a cool way of making it clear that the illusion is, in fact, an illusion. Here's a simple example:lib...

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Because it’s Friday: a video tour of the International Space Station

January 18, 2013
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This video tour of the International Space Station from NASA commander Sunny Williams (via Andrew Sullivan)is just amazing: I loved, loved watching this -- it made me feel like I was six again, when I wanted to be an astronaut. I hope NASA does more videos like this to inspire more boys and girls to be scientists and aspire...

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Oracle R Distribution Performance Benchmark

January 18, 2013
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Oracle R Distribution Performance Benchmark

Oracle R Distribution Performance Benchmarks Oracle R Distribution provides dramatic performance gains with MKL Using the recognized R benchmark R-benchmark-25.R test script, we compared the performance of Oracle R Distribution with and with...

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Loss reserving has a new, silly name

January 18, 2013
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Loss reserving has a new, silly name

I started using Git some time ago, but mostly for local work files. Today, I finally sync’ed up a repository for loss reserving analysis. It may be found here: https://github.com/PirateGrunt/MRMR MRMR stands for Multivariate Regression Model for Reserves. When pronounced “Mister Mister” it also sounds like a thankfully forgotten American soft pop band from the

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Safely Loading Packages in R

January 18, 2013
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Using R snippets written by other developers can be unendingly maddening.  There are a variety of reasons for this, most of which boil down to a simple issue: most code is written such that a system must be configured in … Continue reading →

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How much can we learn from an empirical result? A Bayesian approach to power analysis and the implications for pre-registration.

January 18, 2013
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How much can we learn from an empirical result? A Bayesian approach to power analysis and the implications for pre-registration.

Just like a lot of political science departments, here at Rice a group of faculty and students meet each week to discuss new research in political methodology. This week, we read a new symposium in Political Analysis about the pre-registration of studies in political science. To briefly summarize, several researchers argued that political scientists should

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Visually Comparing Return Distributions

January 18, 2013
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Visually Comparing Return Distributions

Here is a spot of code to create a series of small multiples for comparing return distributions. You may have spotted this in a presentation I posted about earlier, but I’ve been using it here and there and am finally satisfied that it is a generally useful view, so I functionalized it. When visually comparing

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Choosing colors visually with ‘getcolors’

January 18, 2013
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Choosing colors visually with ‘getcolors’

When plotting, I am constantly defaulting to the "main" colors in R - In other words, the colors that one can quickly call by number (1="black", 2="red", 3="green", 4="blue", ... etc.) . In my opinion, these colors do not lend themselves well to compelling graphics. I imagine this is the reason for the inclusion...

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Dynamically annotate graphs with Shiny

January 18, 2013
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Dynamically annotate graphs with Shiny

Below I present a simple way to automatically annotate plots through Shiny It occurred to me that labeling plots should be really easy to do with R-studio's swanky 'Shiny' add on. To test this I gathered some time series data from Wikipedia, added opt...

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