Monthly Archives: May 2013

Version control, gitbucket and SourceTree style

May 31, 2013
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Version control, gitbucket and SourceTree style

Last time I wrote about version control using Subversion (and its implementation in Eclipse). I still haven’t given up on it, but since I’m using a private repository, sharing code has been a bit tedious. I was introduced to git a while ago, but somehow decided to go for Subversion. A few days ago a

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”How to draw the line” with ggplot2

May 30, 2013
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”How to draw the line” with ggplot2

In a recent tutorial in the eLife journal, Huang, Rattner, Liu & Nathans suggested that researchers who draw scatterplots should start providing not one but three regression lines. I quote, Plotting both regression lines gives a fuller picture of the data, and comparing their slopes provides a simple graphical assessment of the correlation coefficient. Plotting

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my 1st post for the Guardian Australia

May 30, 2013
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my 1st post for the Guardian Australia

I’ll be contributing a piece about once a week for the Guardian Australia, under a part of the web site we’re calling The Swing. The set of graphs from my 1st effort were rendered in-line and rather low-res. Bigger, full res versions appear below; click on the in-line versions. It would be great to find

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Uncovering the Unreliable Friend Distribution

May 30, 2013
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Uncovering the Unreliable Friend Distribution

Head down to your local hardware store and pick up a smoke detector. Pop off the cover and look inside. You’ll see a label that mentions Americium 241, a radioactive isotope. Put on your HEV suit, grab a pair of tweezers and a fine-tipped pen, and remove the 0.3 millionths of a gram of Americium.

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Scenario analysis for option strategies.

May 30, 2013
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Scenario analysis for option strategies.

Introduction to the project I am working on at the moment. It is more a playground for option strategies than "project" at this stage. The idea is to develop accurate scenario analysis on portfolio, which is based on a single underlying. In the past I ...

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If…then in Japan

May 30, 2013
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If…then in Japan

If Japan starts to spiral out of control, then what do they do? A spiral would be a sudden move higher in JGB rates with a simultaneous crash in the Japanese Yen. Their response would be to try to slow the positive feedback loop through external interv...

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Ryan Sheftel: "R on the Trading Desk"

May 30, 2013
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by Joseph Rickert In a post last week, I offered some first impressions about R/Finance 2013. Apparently, I was way off in estimating that 30% of the attendees were academics. The R/Finance organizers were quick to point out that percentage of academics attending the conference has been a constant 10% over the years; and this year was no different....

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Are the Current Criteria for Empirically Supported Treatments Too Lenient?

May 30, 2013
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Are the Current Criteria for Empirically Supported Treatments Too Lenient?

The practice of classifying treatments as empirically supported (ESTs) has been widely debated for a long time. Recently Jessica Nasser published an article in the Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy named “Empirically Supported Treatments and Efficacy Trials: What Steps Do We Still Need to Take?”. In the article the author raises several concerns and suggestions regarding the current use of...

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Couch, apis and all that

May 30, 2013
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It is getting easier to get data directly into R from the web. Often R packages that retrieve data from the web return useful R data structures like a data.frame or plot. This is a good thing of course to make things user friendly. However, what if you want to drill down into the data that's returned from a query...

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Are Fox News Polls Biased?

May 29, 2013
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Are Fox News Polls Biased?

Especially after the outcome of the mid-term election, I think there is a common contention among some groups that there is something wonky about Fox News when it comes to reporting polls relative to President Obama and the Democratic Party in general....

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