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Free Online Statistics Books

June 5, 2010
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Free Online Statistics Books

Sources as varied as Google's Chief Economist Hal Varian and threatening online personalty (offensive language warning) Zed Shaw have recognized a growing need for professionals with solid statistical skills to meet the technical challenges facing the ...

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“Programming with Data – a Guide to the S Language” by John Chambers

June 5, 2010
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“Programming with Data – a Guide to the S Language” by John Chambers

Another unashamedly subjective book review - but first a little more about my history as it relates to R...A few years ago, I was doing some systems administration work at an industrial company for whom IT was a cost center. I wanted to illustrate to...

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GUI chart formatting with playwith

June 4, 2010
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GUI chart formatting with playwith

There are a huge number of plots, annotations and parameters available in R for constructing charts and graphics. While looking through the R Programming wikibook I noticed a reference to a library called playwith. It provides a GUI that allows you ...

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Introductory Statistics with R

June 3, 2010
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Introductory Statistics with R

I am in the process of reading several books on R, S or statistics. I can't say that I have completed any of these - at least to the depth that I would like to... but I have found them helpful up to this point in various ways. I'll add to these book...

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RODM: An R package for Oracle Data Mining

June 2, 2010
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RODM: An R package for Oracle Data Mining

The folks at Oracle have announced an R package that provides an interface to the Oracle Data Mining option of their 11g database . See more at this Oracle blog.

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Color Palettes in R

June 2, 2010
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Color Palettes in R

The simplest versions of plots use color rather sparingly. For instance, consider this simple bar chart:n=seq(1:12)barplot(n)Not exactly the most colorful thing you've ever seen eh?R provides standard color palettes comprised of vectors containing a s...

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Source Code Files in R

May 29, 2010
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Source Code Files in R

R's interactive programming style is similar to what I have seen in other environments (e.g. ruby's irb and Oracle's SQL*Plus, etc). There are a few commands that you need to be aware of to get up and running with developing R programs.To identify yo...

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Number Formatting

May 11, 2010
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Number Formatting

I was discussing some subject with my kids - can't recall if it was in the realm of astronomy, computing, or moder economics. In any case, it involved large numbers. I fired up R to do a quick calculation:> 1000000000 / 1000The resulting answer was ...

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Putting Text in a Margin

May 10, 2010
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Putting Text in a Margin

I found text and title early on but was initially confounded when trying to add text outside of an actual chart. As it turns out, I needed to understand a bit about R's concept of margins in a chart> par(oma=c(2,2,2,2))> plot(rnorm)> mtext('The label'...

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String Concatenation in R

May 10, 2010
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String Concatenation in R

String concatenation is a rather basic function - but my particular programming reflexes did not help me figure out how to do this in R. I tried the + and & operator, and even the || operator to no avail. Also tried concat() function... no dice. ...

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