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Django and R on Heroku

January 2, 2017
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I’ve been playing with Django for a while now and I’m loving it. Don’t get me wrong, I still love Shiny, but Django is pretty tough to beat for data-heavy projects and managing user sessions. For deployment, I’ve been using Heroku and am very h...

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In search of an incredible posterior

June 22, 2016
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In search of an incredible posterior

What is credibility? For over one hundred years 1 actuaries have been wresting with the idea of “credibility”. This is the process whereby one may make a quantitative assessment of the predictive power of sample data. Where necessary, the researcher augments the sample with some exogeneous information - usually more data - to arrive at a final conclusion. In...

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represtools is on CRAN

June 20, 2016
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I’m happy to say that the represtools package is now on CRAN. I’m so giddy that I’m writing this post not that long after it was accepted. This means that binaries haven’t been built yet and it may not have been propagated to all of the various mirrors. Mostly I’m just happy that it made it through without any...

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The Discrete Charm of the Fourier Transform

September 29, 2015
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The Discrete Charm of the Fourier Transform

The other day, I picked up the latest copy of the CAS’ journal, Variance and skipped to the back where Leigh Halliwell had an article. I hope that I’m well on record as being one of his biggest fans, but if not, let me remedy that now. Leigh Halliwell has done really tremendous stuff. He’s mathematically sophisticated, but addresses...

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Advent 8

December 7, 2013
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Advent 8

I saved the data from the last post which shows the percentage of Republican voters in each county. In addition to that column, I also have figures from the 2010 census. This will show things like age, ethnicity, urbanization and home ownership. Those census figures show actual population counts, so they’ll need to be altered to relative numbers to...

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