Monthly Archives: June 2013

R Plotting Financial Time Series

June 19, 2013
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In my little world of finance, data almost always is a time series.  Through both quiet iteration and significant revolutions, the volunteers of R have made analyzing and charting time series pleasant.  As a mini-tribute to all those who have...

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Generating Tables Using Pander, knitr, and Rmarkdown

June 19, 2013
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Generating Tables Using Pander, knitr, and Rmarkdown I use a pretty common workflow (I think) for producing reports on a day to day basis. I write them in rmarkdown using RStudio, knit them into .html and .md documents using knitr, then convert the resulting .md file to a .docx file using pander, which is really just a way of communicating with Pandoc via my R terminal. This workflow...

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highlight 0.4.2

June 19, 2013
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highlight 0.4.2 is on CRAN. This fixes a few bugs reported by users. The main improvement is that we can now use highlight as a vignette engine, using the functionality introduced in R 3.0.0. In the Rcpp universe, we use … Continue reading →

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Dallas R Users: Creating R Packages this Saturday, 6/29

June 18, 2013
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I’ll be presenting at the Dallas R Users Group next Saturday at 10:00AM at the University of Dallas on how to reproduce your R code. We’ll review how to use R scripts, how to embed R code in reproducible documents, and then introduce how to create your own R packages based on your R code.

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My R package’s worldmap of downloads!

June 18, 2013
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My R package’s worldmap of downloads!

Last week, a colleague draw my attention on this new log files from the Rstudio cloud CRAN mirror, through a post from Tal Galili. This CRAN mirror is a little different, as it uses Amazon CloudFront to deliver the downloads … Continue reading →

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The Fallacy of 1/N and Static Weight Allocation

June 18, 2013
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The Fallacy of 1/N and Static Weight Allocation

In the last few years there has been a increasing tendency to ignore the value of a disciplined quantitative approach to the portfolio allocation process in favor of simple and static weighting schemes such as equal weighting or some type of adjusted volatility weighting. The former simply ignores the underlying security dynamics, assuming equal risk-return,

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Create SAS Code from R ‘tree’ Objects

June 18, 2013
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Create SAS Code from R ‘tree’ Objects

I recently was faced with the desire to port some tree models developed in R to SAS so I could score a large database. To me this makes sense as SAS is better with large files (or at least so as not to offend anyone, I am better with large files in SAS). I started

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Printing R help files in the console or in knitr documents

June 18, 2013
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Yesterday, I was creating a knitr document based on a script, and was looking for a way to include content from an R help file. The script, which was a teaching document, had a help() command for when the author wanted to refer readers to R documentation. I wanted that text in my final document, though. There’s no...

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Resources for getting started with R

June 18, 2013
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Resources for getting started with R

As we believe you may know, we are having a webinar tomorrow (June 19th, 2013) on Predictive Analytics. During this webinar, you are going to be introduced to R, learn how to build a predictive model and also how to carry insightful analysis through visualization. As learning a new language can be a really difficult

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BCEA 1.3.0

June 18, 2013
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BCEA 1.3.0

After months of work (although to be fair, we haven't worked 100% full time on this), Andrea and I are nearly ready to publish the next release of BCEA. Andrea has done a brilliant job and is responsible for most of the good new features (NB: see ...

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