Monthly Archives: August 2015

R packages with unlimited licenses

August 26, 2015
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R packages with unlimited licenses

I had an interesting email today saying that developers at the writer’s company wanted to use one of my packages, but weren’t allowed because it was under an unlimited license. I release quite a few of my packages under an unlimited licence, at least for toy projects and immature packages. In those cases, letting users

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Reading SPSS Data into R with Haven

August 26, 2015
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When psychology researchers switch from SPSS to R a common first question is "Can I load SPSS data in R?". The answer is yes, and it's now easier than ever thanks to the Haven package which both reads and writes SPSS files. Previously, you might have used the foreign library and the read.spss command - I don't...

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New R titles available in Chinese

August 26, 2015
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New R titles available in Chinese

by Andrie de Vries A few days ago I received an unexpected parcel in my letterbox. To my delight, it turned out to be a translation into Simplified Chinese of R for Dummies, co-authored by myself and Joris Meys. Let me clarify: Joris and I wrote the book, but were not involved in the translation at all. The Wiley...

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ManchesterR Meetup in August 2015

August 26, 2015
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ManchesterR Meetup in August 2015

The quarterly Manchester R meeting took place last night.  It was our first experience of the striking new HOME venue just past Oxford Road station.  The Cornerhouse team have exchanged the bohemian charm of the old venue for the light … Continue reading →

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RProtoBuf 0.4.3

August 25, 2015
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A new maintenance release 0.4.3 of RProtoBuf is now on CRAN. RProtoBuf provides R bindings for the Google Protocol Buffers ("Protobuf") data encoding library used and released by Google, and deployed as a language and operating-system agnostic protocol by numerous projects. This release comes upon the request of CRAN and adds additional import statements...

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How to use lists in R

August 25, 2015
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In the (http://rforpublichealth.blogspot.com/2015/03/basics-of-lists.html), I went over the basics of lists, including constructing, manipulating, and converting lists to other classes. Knowing the basics, in this post, we'll use the **apply()** functions to see just how powerful working with lists can be. I've done two posts on apply for dataframes and matrics, (http://rforpublichealth.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-infamous-apply-function.html) and (http://rforpublichealth.blogspot.com/2013/10/loops-revisited-how-to-rethink-macros.html), so give those a...

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I’m Back, A New Harry Long Strategy, And Plans For Hypothesis-Driven Development

August 25, 2015
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I’m Back, A New Harry Long Strategy, And Plans For Hypothesis-Driven Development

I’m back. Anyone that wants to know “what happened at Graham”, I felt there was very little scaffolding/on-boarding, and Graham’s … Continue reading →

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Following up on news stories with choroplethr and R

August 25, 2015
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Following up on news stories with choroplethr and R

by Ari Lamstein, consultant specializing in software engineering and data analysis and author of the free email course Learn to Map Census Data in R. One of my favorite things about R is that it allows me to follow up on interesting news stories. Consider this interview on EconTalk about the history of fracking in America. Russ Roberts interviewed...

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Taylor Rule – using Shiny in R

August 25, 2015
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I am writing this blog post after a really long time. I had the R code and the shiny app ready but somehow i did not get time to post the same. This post is inspired from Taylor Rule screen in Bloomberg terminal. If you are working in finance Bloomberg...

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Visualising the predictive distribution of a log-transformed linear model

August 25, 2015
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Visualising the predictive distribution of a log-transformed linear model

Last week I presented visualisations of theoretical distributions that predict ice cream sales statistics based on linear and generalised linear models, which I introduced in an earlier post.Theoretical distributionsToday I will take a closer look at t...

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