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Benoit Mandelbrot (the Father of Fractals) dead at 85

October 16, 2010
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Benoit Mandelbrot (the Father of Fractals) dead at 85

Nicholas Taleb and Recent tweets indicate that Benoit Mandelbrot has died at age 85.  Mandelbrot was a French and American mathematician, best known as the father of fractal geometry.  His official biography at Yale does n...

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Belgian Astronomers and Exercise Machines

October 6, 2010
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Belgian Astronomers and Exercise Machines

In the twisting paths of human discovery, you never quite know what intellectual enterprise is going to result in a world changing discovery.  For instance, the mathematical notion of expected value did not grow up in a sterile, academic environment.   In 1654 Blaise Pascal was approached by Chevalier de Méré who was interested...

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Max Heart Rate Calculations Compared

October 4, 2010
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Max Heart Rate Calculations Compared

Physical fitness has become increasingly technical and data driven.  I started running a bit in the last few months and have been delving into the prevailing wisdom related to assessing ones health as a baseline for pursuing various fitness goals....

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Find Duplicate Records in a File

September 24, 2010
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Find Duplicate Records in a File

In the world of data preparation a common task is to identify duplicate records in a file or data set.  A few years ago, I did most development work in Java, and shudder to think of the amount of code required to accomplish this sort of task. &nbs...

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New World Bank Data Available

September 22, 2010
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New World Bank Data Available

Just announced:  World Bank Data features and data are available.  Previous posts have demonstrated how to access and plot this data using R (including the use of the R WDI package).  The chart above can be created using the following pr...

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Elder Research Two Day Course

September 18, 2010
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... or what I did on my summer vacation...Just got back from the Elder Research Two Day Course "Tools for Discovering Patterns in Data".  It was a great course that (while not R specific) provides a great overview of Data Mining tools and tec...

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Ah Bach…

September 7, 2010
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Ah Bach…

As announced by David Smith over at Revolution Analytics,  a ggplot2 Case Study Competition is on...   Rather than blogging for the last few days, I cobbled together an entry.  It is not a particularly mind bending use of ...

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Bot Botany – K-Means and ggplot2

September 2, 2010
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Bot Botany – K-Means and ggplot2

So if you had a robot that was an expert at botany - would you have a bot botanist?  Among other things, it would need to to distinguish flowers through vision and image processing, and be able to classify various kinds of plants based upon specif...

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Better than Average

August 31, 2010
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Better than Average

The NIST's The Engineering Statistics Handbook includes an Introduction to Time Series Analysis which provides a great way of demonstrating how R can be used to make such calculations.  This post replicates the analys...

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Fractals in R

August 27, 2010
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Fractals in R

Atte Tenkanen had a blog on fractals using R for a time. Much of his source code is still available online.  To produce his version of the Mandelbrot set:source('http://users.utu.fi/attenka/mandelbrot_set.R')Fractals (such...

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