Articles by Giovanni

Do you know Sparse Principal Components Analysis, Mr Trump?

October 3, 2016 | Giovanni

While writing a paper on sparse principal component analysis I came across an old dataset containing 1990s socio-economic data and rate of violent crime for 1994 communities in the US. I am not a sociologist, so my analysis may be superficial, but I found the results interesting with respect to Mr ...
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Relative time microbenchmark

August 28, 2016 | Giovanni

Microbenchmark is a very useful function for timing the execution time of one or more programs. I often use it to compare different programs. So I created a function that produces the output relative to the time of one of the programs being tested.Snippet available at GitHubDownload zip For ...
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Computing the mode in R

July 2, 2016 | Giovanni

In R there isn't a function for computing the mode. This statistic is not often used but it is very useful for categorical and discrete data.The mode is defined as "the most common value occurring in a set of observations." Mathematically, for numerical data, the mode is the centre ...
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