Articles by Joseph Rickert


November 4, 2016 | Joseph Rickert

.fusion-fullwidth-1 { padding-left: px !important; padding-right: px !important; }by Joseph Rickert Here we offer ephemera, a little light reading and some more challenging...
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September Package Picks

October 26, 2016 | Joseph Rickert

by Joseph Rickert September was a bit of a slow month for new R packages. Only 96 new packages showed up un CRAN. Nevertheless, I have picked out 23 for special mention which I have listed in 5 categories. I used the same selection criteria as I described in the post for August ... [Read more...]

August Package Picks

October 21, 2016 | Joseph Rickert

.fusion-fullwidth-1 { padding-left: px !important; padding-right: px !important; }by Joseph Rickert 141 new packages landed on CRAN in August. The following are my picks f... [Read more...]

R Packages for Data Access

August 11, 2016 | Joseph Rickert

by Joseph Rickert Data Science is all about getting access to interesting data, and it is really nice when some kind soul not only points out an interesting data set but also makes it easy for you to access it. Below is a list of 17 R packages that appeared on ... [Read more...]

ROC Curves in Two Lines of R Code

August 2, 2016 | Joseph Rickert

by Bob Horton, Microsoft Data Scientist ROC curves are commonly used to characterize the sensitivity/specificity tradeoffs for a binary classifier. Most machine learning classifiers produce real-valued scores that correspond with the strength of the prediction that a given case is positive. Turning these real-valued scores into yes or no ... [Read more...]

An R Users Guide to JSM 2016

July 28, 2016 | Joseph Rickert

by Joseph Rickert My impression is that the JSM has become ever more R friendly over recent years, but with two sessions organized around R tools and several talks featuring R packages, this year may turn out to be the beginning of a new era where conference organizers see value ... [Read more...]

DeployR Enterprise Security Model

July 26, 2016 | Joseph Rickert

by Ramkumar Chandrasekeran, Software Engineer - Microsoft R Tiger Team DeployR Enterprise is designed to deliver analytics solutions at scale to whomever needs it: inside or outside the enterprise. It also guarantees secure delivery of your analytics via DeployR web services. These secure web services integrate seamlessly with existing enterprise ... [Read more...]

More data scientists prefer R: survey

July 22, 2016 | Joseph Rickert

by Joseph Rickert Last week in a webinar, Burtch Works, an Illinois based executive recruiting firm that specializes in finding analytic talent, released the results of their third annual survey of "quantitative business professionals". Other than having attended this webinar, I have no knowledge of Burtch Works, but I am ... [Read more...]

Some New R Packages

July 14, 2016 | Joseph Rickert

by Joseph Rickert New R packages keep rolling into CRAN at a prodigious rate: 184 in May, 195 in June and July looks like it will continue the trend. I spent some time sorting through them and have picked out a few that that are interesting from a data science point of ... [Read more...]

useR! 2016 Tutorials: Part 2

July 7, 2016 | Joseph Rickert

by Joseph Rickert Last week, I mentioned a few of the useR tutorials that I had the opportunity to attend. Here are the links to the slides and code for all but two of the tutorials: Regression Modeling Strategies and the rms Package - Frank Harrell Using Git and GitHub ... [Read more...]

The useR! 2016 Tutorials

June 30, 2016 | Joseph Rickert

by Joseph Rickert Over the years I have seen several excellent tutorials at useR!conferences that were not only very satisfying "you had to be there" experiences but were also backed up with meticulously prepared materials of lasting value. This year, quite a few useR!20i6 tutorials measure up to ... [Read more...]

R, Stan and Bayesian Statistics

June 23, 2016 | Joseph Rickert

by Joseph Rickert Just about two and a half years ago I wrote about some resources for doing Bayesian statistics in R. Motivated by the tutorial Modern Bayesian Tools for Time Series Analysis by Harte and Weylandt that I attended at R/Finance last month, and the upcoming tutorial An ... [Read more...]

Exploring Global Internet Performance Data Using R

June 21, 2016 | Joseph Rickert

by Lourdes O. Montenegro Lourdes O. Montenegro is a PhD candidate at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore. Her research interests cover the intersection of applied data science, technology, economics and public policy. Many of us now find it hard to live without a ... [Read more...]

The R Packages of UseR! 2016

June 16, 2016 | Joseph Rickert

by Joseph Rickert It is always a delight to discover a new and useful R package, and it is especially nice when the discovery comes with at context and testimonial to its effectiveness. It is also satisfying to be able to check in once in awhile and get an idea ... [Read more...]
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