Monthly Archives: July 2013

Optimal Pricing for a Simple Monopolist

July 5, 2013
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Optimal Pricing for a Simple Monopolist

# A single price monopolist is a monopolist because it is the only supplier of a particular product. The monopolist therefore has the power to choose a price to sell the product at. # Those who have a willingness to pay which is greater than the ...

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Allocation Models With Bounded Dependent Variables

July 5, 2013
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Allocation Models With Bounded Dependent Variables

(This article was first published on Econometrics Beat: Dave Giles' Blog, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers) My post yesterday, on Allocation Models, drew a comment to the effect that in such models the dependent variables take values that must to be non-negative fractions. Well, as I responded, that’s true sometimes (e.g., in the case of market shares); but not in...

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Meet the Revolution Analytics UK team

July 5, 2013
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Revolution Analytics has a new office in London to serve our customers in Europe. This press release introduces the team members who are based there: Neil Miller, Managing Director, International: Neil Miller is responsible for Revolution Analytics' business and growth outside the Americas and is based in the U.K. Neil Miller joined the company after 14 years at Accenture...

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ggplot2 Chloropleth of Supreme Court Decisions: A Tutorial

July 4, 2013
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ggplot2 Chloropleth of Supreme Court Decisions: A Tutorial

I don't do much GIS but I like to. It's rather enjoyable and involves a tremendous skill set. Often you will find your self grabbing data sets from some site, scraping, data cleaning and reshaping, and graphing. On the ride … Continue reading →

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Using neural networks for credit scoring: a simple example

July 4, 2013
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Using neural networks for credit scoring: a simple example

Credit scoring is the practice of analysing a persons background and credit application in order to assess the creditworthiness of the person. One can take numerous approaches on analysing this creditworthiness. In the end it basically comes down to first selecting the correct independent variables (e.g. income, age, gender) that lead to a given level of creditworthiness. In...

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R-ratio vs mean-variance optimization

July 4, 2013
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R-ratio vs mean-variance optimization

I am looking at the following tickers from 2005-01-01 to 2008-01-01. The tickers are GE, F, MSFT, DELL, INTC. I will find the mean-variance weights and the R-ratio weights and then test portfolio performance from 2008-01-01 to 2010-01-01. This is a … Continue reading →

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Creating good looking survival curves – the ‘ggsurv’ function

July 4, 2013
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Creating good looking survival curves – the ‘ggsurv’ function

This is a guest post by Edwin Thoen Currently I am doing my master thesis on multi-state models. Survival analysis was my favourite course in the masters program, partly because of the great survival package which is maintained by Terry Therneau. The …Read more »

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Fun simulating Wimbledon in R and Python

July 4, 2013
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Fun simulating Wimbledon in R and Python

R and Python have different strengths. There's little you can do in R you absolutely can't do in Python and vice versa, but there's a lot of stuff that's really annoying in one and nice and simple in the other. I'm sure simulations can be run in R, but it seems frightfully tricky. Recently I wrote a simple Tennis simulator...

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My take on the USA versus Western Europe comparison of GM corn

July 4, 2013
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My take on the USA versus Western Europe comparison of GM corn

A few days ago I came across Jack Heinemann and collaborators’ article (Sustainability and innovation in staple crop production in the US Midwest, Open Access) comparing the agricultural sectors of USA and Western Europe‡. While the article is titled around the word sustainability, the main comparison stems from the use of Genetically Modified crops in

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Update: Extending Commodity time series

July 3, 2013
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Update: Extending Commodity time series

I showed an example of Extending Commodity time series back in 2012. Since then, the web site that I used to get the Thomson Reuters/Jefferies CRB Index data is no longer working. But there are a few alternatives: Thomson Reuters / Jefferies CRB Index. To get data, first select “TRJ/CRB Index-Total Return”, next click “See

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