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MonetDBLite because fast

June 21, 2016
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MonetDBLite because fast

MonetDBLite is a SQL database that runs inside the R environment for statistical computing and does not require the installation of any external software. MonetDBLite is based on free and open-source MonetDB, a product of the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica.MonetDBLite is similar in functionality to RSQLite, but typically completes queries blazingly fast...

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analyze the pesquisa nacional de saude (pns) with r

January 25, 2016
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starting in 1988, the brazilian institute of geography and statistics (ibge) quinquennially included a health supplement questionnaire alongside their annual pesquisa nacional de domicilios (pnad) to monitor public health and inform the ongoing debate ...

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December 9, 2015
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obsessively-detailed instructions to analyze publicly-available survey data with free tools - the r language, the survey package, and (for big data) sqlsurvey + monetdb.governments spend billions of dollars each year surveying their populations.  ...

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laptop-friendly analysis of the census of 82 countries with r and monetdb

November 30, 2015
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laptop-friendly analysis of the census of 82 countries with r and monetdb

the integrated public use microdata series international (ipumsi) has been my white whale since i started in survey research.  non-demographers, perhaps think of this repository as a martryoshka varanasi-kaaba-ark of the covenant: nothing compares...

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statistically significant trends with multiple years of complex survey data

November 22, 2015
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statistically significant trends with multiple years of complex survey data

guest post by my friend thomas yokota, an oahu-based epidemiologist. palmero professor vito muggeo wrote the joinpoint analysis section of the code below to demonstrate that the segmented package eliminates the need for external (registration-only, windows-only) software. survey package creator...

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analyze the trends in international mathematics and science study (timss) with r

June 9, 2015
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an underexplored chest of international quantitative aptitude testing, the trends in international mathematics and science study (timss) would make any pearson stockholder smile.  examining the mathematical mastery of more than 600,000 students fr...

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analyze the progress in international reading literacy study (pirls) with r

June 8, 2015
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an uncharted world of international reading comprehension information, the progress in international reading literacy study (pirls) would make any ets executive blush. testing the educational chops of more than 300,000 students from nearly fifty count...

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analyze the pesquisa nacional por amostra de domicilios continua (pnadc) with r

June 2, 2015
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the next generation in brazilian employment statistics has arrived.  the pesquisa nacional por amostra de domicilios continua (pnadc) permits economists and social scientists of every stripe to examine employment patterns and trends for all twenty...

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all syntax to download and analyze publicly-available survey microdata confirmed to work on windows, macintosh, and unix systems

March 31, 2015
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the creators of monetdb at centrum wiskunde and informatica generously provided me with a unix shell account to test out each of the scripts in the repository.  much of my code already worked across platforms, but i have finished tweaking and test...

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maps and the art of survey-weighted maintenance

December 9, 2014
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maps and the art of survey-weighted maintenance

introducing swmap: cartography with complex survey data. this collection of publicly-available r syntax implements granular geographic variation visualizations similar to those seen in the popular press without compromising on survey methodology.thanks to david rae, paul regular, joseph larmarange, djalma pessoa, hadley wickham, thomas lumley, john baumgartner, viviane quintaes,

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