Monthly Archives: August 2013

ECVP tutorial on classification images

August 30, 2013
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ECVP tutorial on classification images

The slides for my ECVP tutorial on classification images are available here. Try this alternative version if the equations look funny. (image from Mineault et al. 2009) The slides are in HTML and contain some interactive elements. They’re the result of experimenting with R Markdown, D3 and pandoc. You write the slides in R Markdown,

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Making regex examples work for you!

August 30, 2013
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One of the most frequently used string recognition algorithms out there is regex and R implements regex.  However, users can often be frustrated with how despite taking examples verbatim from many sources such as stackoverflow they do not seem to ...

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Knitr/Markdown OpenCPU App

August 30, 2013
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A new little OpenCPU app allows you to knit and markdown in the browser. It has a fancy pants code editor which automatically updates the output after 3 seconds of inactivity. It uses the Ace web editor with mode-r.js (thanks to RStudio for making the latter available). Like all OpenCPU apps, the source package lives in the opencpu app...

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Drafting the Best Starting Lineup in Fantasy Football by Taking into Account Uncertainty in the Projections: An Optimization Simulation

August 29, 2013
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Drafting the Best Starting Lineup in Fantasy Football by Taking into Account Uncertainty in the Projections: An Optimization Simulation

In a previous post, I showed how to determine the best starting lineup to draft using an optimizer tool.  The optimizer identifies the players that maximize your projected points within your risk tolerance.  The optimizer does not take i...

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Plot Weekly or Monthly Totals in R

August 29, 2013
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Plot Weekly or Monthly Totals in R

When plotting time series data, you might want to bin the values so that each data point corresponds to the sum for a given month or week. This post will show an easy way to use cut and ggplot2's stat_summary to plot month totals in R wi...

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A simple amortization function

August 29, 2013
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I was working on a project yesterday where I needed to amortize out a bunch of loans to calculate the total interest a borrower would pay if he or she paid the minimum monthly payment for the full term of the loan. I couldn’t find any package in R that already contained the necessary math,

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R and Linear Algebra

August 29, 2013
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by Joseph Rickert I was recently looking through upcoming Coursera offerings and came across the course Coding the Matrix: Linear Algebra through Computer Science Applications taught by Philip Klein from Brown University. This looks like a fine course; but why use Python to teach linear algebra? I suppose this is a blind spot of mine: MATLAB I can see....

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New Video: Credit Scoring & R: Reject inference, nested conditional models, & joint scores

August 29, 2013
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This post shares the video from the talk presented in August 2013 by Ross Gayler on Credit Scoring and R at Melbourne R Users. Credit scoring tends to involve the balancing of mutually contradictory objectives spiced with a liberal dash … Continue reading →

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Increasing Repeat Purchase Rate by Analyzing Customer Latency

August 28, 2013
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Increasing Repeat Purchase Rate by Analyzing Customer Latency

For online businesses, Repeat Purchase Rate is one of the critical metrics of the business performance. Higher repeat purchase rate means more active members, and thus leads to higher profit. “Customer Latency refers to the average time between customer activity events, for example, making a purchase, calling the help desk, or visiting a web site”1,

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TV Ratings Myths

August 28, 2013
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TV Ratings Myths

TV Show Cancellations: Myths and Models TV shows are amazing ways to waste time and, on occasion, the story is so good that you actually start to care. The problem is that some shows get cancelled before they jump the shark. Classic examples are shows like

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