Monthly Archives: October 2014

Don’t Worry _Too_ Much About The 2014 Gallup Crime Poll

October 29, 2014
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Don’t Worry _Too_ Much About The 2014 Gallup Crime Poll

Gallup released the results of their annual “Crime” poll in their Social Poll series this week and spent much time highlighting the fact that “cyber” was at the top of the list. (There’s nary a visualization on the Gallup post or in the accompanying PDF, so keep that graphic handy or use the scraped/cleaned poll data and...

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R Class for Wildfire Scientists

October 29, 2014
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R Class for Wildfire Scientists

This entry is part 14 of 14 in the series Using RMazama Science has just finished creating class materials on using R for the AirFire team at the USFS Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Lab in Seattle, Washington. This team of …   read more ...

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Jobs at Amazon

October 28, 2014
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I do not normally post job adverts, but this was very specifically targeted to “applied time series candidates” so I thought it might be of sufficient interest to readers of this blog. Here is an excerpt from an email I received from someone at Amazon: Amazon is aggressively recruiting in the data sciences, and we

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reliable ABC model choice via random forests

October 28, 2014
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reliable ABC model choice via random forests

After a somewhat prolonged labour (!), we have at last completed our paper on ABC model choice with random forests and submitted it to PNAS for possible publication. While the paper is entirely methodological, the primary domain of application of ABC model choice methods remains population genetics and the diffusion of this new methodology to

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Type III tests and R

October 28, 2014
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by Terry M. Therneau Ph.D. Faculty, Mayo Clinic About a year ago there was a query about how to do "type 3" tests for a Cox model on the R help list, which someone wanted because SAS does it. The SAS addition looked suspicious to me, but as the author of the survival package I thought I should understand...

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analyze the social security administration’s national beneficiary survey (nbs) with r

October 28, 2014
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above and beyond its namesake roosevelt-era retirement safety net, the social security administration oversees two federal programs - social security disability insurance and supplemental security insurance.  currently covering more than ten milli...

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Flexible Beta Modeling

October 27, 2014
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Flexible Beta Modeling

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Visualizing the History of Epidemics

October 27, 2014
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Visualizing the History of Epidemics

I really like National Geographic. Their magazine is great, their television documentaries are done well and they helped give me a lifelong love of maps. They generate very good information and help shed light on the world we all share. So why is this graphic so awful? Let's have a look: We'll start off by

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Create Fashion Fingerprints with R

October 27, 2014
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Create Fashion Fingerprints with R

How do you summarize fashion? For New York Fashion Week, the New York Times used the idea of "Fashion Fingerprints", distilling a designer's collections into small fragments highlighting the palette. Here's what Marc Jacobs' current collection looks like: Click through for an interactive version where you can explore each design, and scroll down to the bottom where you can...

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Introducing Stepwise Correlation Rank

October 27, 2014
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Introducing Stepwise Correlation Rank

So in the last post, I attempted to replicate the Flexible Asset Allocation paper. I’d like to offer a thanks … Continue reading →

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