Monthly Archives: January 2013

Regression on categorical variables

January 30, 2013
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Regression on categorical variables

This morning, Stéphane asked me tricky question about extracting coefficients from a regression with categorical explanatory variates. More precisely, he asked me if it was possible to store the coefficients in a nice table, with information on the variable and the modality (those two information being in two different columns). Here is some code I did to produce the...

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Approaching the Zero Bound – Bonds

January 30, 2013
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Approaching the Zero Bound – Bonds

As bonds approach the artificial zero bound, where do we go next especially after the record setting +30% in 2011?  The rolling 250-day total return has rarely gone negative since the inception of the Vanguard Funds VBMFX and VUSTX.  I am int...

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The magic empty bracket

January 30, 2013
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The magic empty bracket

I have been working with R for some time now, but once in a while, basic functions catch my eye that I was not aware of… For some project I wanted to transform a correlation matrix into a covariance matrix. Now, since cor2cov does not exist, I thought about “reversing” the cov2cor function (stats:::cov2cor). Inside

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Speed up for loops in R

January 30, 2013
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Are your for loops too slow in R ? Are loops that should take seconds actually taking hours ? As I found out recently, how you structure your code can make a huge difference in execution times. Fortunately making a few small changes to your code can speed up these loops by several orders of

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R’s range and loop behaviour: Zero, One, NULL

January 30, 2013
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One of the most common pattern in programming languages is to ability to iterate over a given set (a vector usually) by using 'for' loops. In most modern scripting languages range operations is a build in data structure and trivial to use with 'for' lo...

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Building a package in RStudio is actually very easy

January 30, 2013
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Building a package in RStudio is actually very easy

So, you’ve written some code and you use it routinely. Now you’ve written some code and you’d like to use version control to ensure that development continues in a robust fashion. You do that and you use Github or something so that not only are changes tracked, but the general public receives the benefit of

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The three-dots construct in R

January 30, 2013
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There is a mechanism that allows variability in the arguments given to R functions.  Technically it is ellipsis, but more commonly called “…”, dots, dot-dot-dot or three-dots. Basics The three-dots allows: an arbitrary number and variety of arguments passing arguments on to other functions Arbitrary arguments The two prime cases are the c and list The post The...

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A shiny app to display the human body map dataset

January 30, 2013
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A shiny app to display the human body map dataset

There was quite a lot of buzz around when the guys from Rstudio launched Shiny, a new web framework for R that promises to “make it super simple for R users like you to turn analyses into interactive web applications … Continue reading →

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Using Boost’s foreach macro

January 30, 2013
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Using Boost’s foreach macro

Boost provides a macro, BOOST_FOREACH, that allows us to easily iterate over elements in a container, similar to what we might do in R with sapply. In particular, it frees us from having to deal with iterators as we do with std::for_each and std::transform. The macro is also compatible with the objects exposed by Rcpp. Side note: C++11 has introduced...

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Converting a list to a data frame

January 30, 2013
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There are many situations in R where you have a list of vectors that you need to convert to a data.frame. This question has been addressed over at StackOverflow and it turns out there are many different approaches to completing this task. Since I encou...

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