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Endogenously Detecting Structural Breaks in a Time Series: Implementation in R

November 8, 2016
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Endogenously Detecting Structural Breaks in a Time Series: Implementation in R

The most conventional approach to determine structural breaks in longitudinal data seems to be the Chow Test. From Wikipedia, The Chow test, proposed by econometrician Gregory Chow in 1960, is a test of whether the coefficients in two linear regressions on different data sets are equal. In econometrics, it is most commonly used in time … Continue...

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MITx 15.071x (Analytics Edge) – 2016

May 2, 2016
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MITx 15.071x (Analytics Edge) – 2016

There's still time to enroll and grab a certificate (or simply audit). The course is offered once a year. I met a bunch of people who did well at a data hackathon I had gone to recently, who had learned the ropes in data science thanks to Analytics Edge.

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Detecting Structural Breaks in China’s FX Regime

April 26, 2016
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Detecting Structural Breaks in China’s FX Regime

Edit: This post is in its infancy. Work is still ongoing as far as deriving insight from the data is concerned. More content and economic insight is expected to be added to this post as and when progress is made in that direction. This is an attempt to detect structural breaks in China’s FX regime … Continue...

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Data Manipulation in R with dplyr – Part 3

December 22, 2015
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Data Manipulation in R with dplyr – Part 3

This happens to be my 50th blog post – and my blog is 8 months old. 🙂 This post is the third and last post in in a series of posts (Part 1 – Part 2) on data manipulation with dlpyr. Note that the objects in the code may have been defined in earlier posts … Continue...

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My First Data Science Hackathon

December 20, 2015
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My First Data Science Hackathon

I participated in https://t.co/alLuY7JjjT Finished 24th/54. It was my first ever #datascience #hackathon. Determined to get better at this. — Padawan Learner (@anirudhjay) December 20, 2015 So after 8 months of playing around with R and Python and blog post after blog post, I found myself finally hacking away at a problem set from the 17th … Continue...

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Data Manipulation in R with dplyr – Part 2

December 18, 2015
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Data Manipulation in R with dplyr – Part 2

Note that this post is in continuation with Part 1 of this series of posts on data manipulation with dplyr in R. The code in this post carries forward from the variables / objects defined in Part 1. In the previous post, I talked about how dplyr provides a grammar of sorts to manipulate data, … Continue...

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Data Manipulation in R with dplyr – Part 1

December 17, 2015
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Data Manipulation in R with dplyr – Part 1

dplyr is one of the packages in R that makes R so loved by data scientists. It has three main goals: Identify the most important data manipulation tools needed for data analysis and make them easy to use in R. Provide blazing fast performance for in-memory data by writing key pieces of code in C++. … Continue...

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Statistical Learning – 2016

December 12, 2015
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Statistical Learning – 2016

On January 12, 2016, Stanford University professors Trevor Hastie and Rob Tibshirani will offer the 3rd iteration of Statistical Learning, a MOOC which first began in January 2014, and has become quite a popular course among data scientists. It is a great place to learn statistical learning (machine learning) methods using the R programming language. … Continue...

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Troubleshooting ‘Rattle’ (R library) Installation on Ubuntu

November 23, 2015
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Troubleshooting ‘Rattle’ (R library) Installation on Ubuntu

This post pertains to Ubuntu / Debian users only. rattle is a free graphical interface for data mining with R. I wanted to visualize decision trees and had to install this library. > install.packages('rattle') got me the following error message: configure: error: GTK version 2.8.0 required ERROR: configuration failed for package ‘RGtk2’ This error occurs … Continue...

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Getting Started with R on MIT’s 14.74x (Foundations of Development Policy)

October 12, 2015
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Getting Started with R on MIT’s 14.74x (Foundations of Development Policy)

I noticed that a major grievance of many students enrolled in MIT‘s latest edX course on development policy (Foundations of Development Policy: Advanced Development Economics) was that there wasn’t enough done to get them going with the R assignments. I have posted the R code for the homework (past the deadline, of course) of the … Continue...

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