Articles by Luis

Review: “Forest Analytics with R: an introduction”

May 29, 2012 | Luis

Forestry is the province of variability. From a spatial point of view this variability ranges from within-tree variation (e.g. modeling wood properties) to billions of trees growing in millions of hectares (e.g. forest inventory). From a temporal point of view … Continue reading → [Read more...]

End of May flotsam

May 28, 2012 | Luis

The end is near! At least the semester is coming to an end, so students have crazy expectations like getting marks back for assignments, and administrators want to see exam scripts. Sigh! What has been happening meanwhile in Quantum Forest? … Continue reading → [Read more...]

R’s increasing popularity. Should we care?

May 17, 2012 | Luis

Some people will say ‘you have to learn R if you want to get a job doing statistics/data science’. I say bullshit, you have to learn statistics and learn to work in a variety of languages if you want to … Continue reading → [Read more...]

Late-April flotsam

April 25, 2012 | Luis

It has been month and a half since I compiled a list of statistical/programming internet flotsam and jetsam. Via Lambda The Ultimate: Evaluating the Design of the R Language: Objects and Functions For Data Analysis (PDF). A very detailed evaluation … Continue reading → [Read more...]

R, Julia and genome wide selection

April 24, 2012 | Luis

— “You are a pussy” emailed my friend. — “Sensu cat?” I replied. — “No. Sensu chicken” blurbed my now ex-friend. What was this about? He read my post on R, Julia and the shiny new thing, which prompted him … Continue reading → [Read more...]

R, Julia and the shiny new thing

April 12, 2012 | Luis

My head exploded a while ago. Perhaps not my head but my brain was all mushy after working every day of March and first week of April; an explanation—as good as any—for the post hiatus. Back to the post title. … Continue reading → [Read more...]

Early-March flotsam

March 8, 2012 | Luis

It has been a strange last ten days since we unexpectedly entered grant writing mode. I was looking forward to work on this issue near the end of the year but a likely change on funding agency priorities requires applying … Continue reading → [Read more...]

Mid-February flotsam

February 17, 2012 | Luis

This coming Monday we start the first semester in Canterbury (and in New Zealand for that matter). We are all looking forward to an earthquake-free year; more realistically, I’d be happy with low magnitude aftershocks. The Wall Street Journal reports … Continue reading → [Read more...]

If you have to use circles…

February 15, 2012 | Luis

Stats Chat is an interesting kiwi site—managed by the Department of Statistics of the University of Auckland—that centers around the use and presentation of statistics in the media. This week there was an interesting discussion on one of those infographics … Continue reading → [Read more...]

Revisiting homicide rates

February 10, 2012 | Luis

A pint of R plotted an interesting dataset: intentional homicides in South America. I thought the graphs were pretty but I was unhappy about the way information was conveyed in the plots; relative risk should be very important but number … Continue reading → [Read more...]

Oracle’s strange understanding of R users

February 8, 2012 | Luis

After reading David Smith’s tweet on the price of Oracle R Enterprise (actually free, but it requires Oracle Data Mining at $23K/core as pointed out by Joshua Ulrich.) I went to Oracle’s site to see what was all about. Oracle … Continue reading → [Read more...]

Early-February flotsam

February 7, 2012 | Luis

Mike Croucher at Walking Randomly points out an interesting difference in operator precedence for several mathematical packages to evaluate a simple operation 2^3^4. It is pretty much a divide between Matlab and Excel (does the later qualify as mathematical software?) … Continue reading →
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Rstudio and asreml working together in a mac

February 5, 2012 | Luis

December and January were crazy months, with a lot of travel and suddenly I found myself in February working in four parallel projects involving quantitative genetics data analyses. (I’ll write about some of them very soon) Anyhow, as I have … Continue reading → [Read more...]

Mid-January flotsam: teaching edition

January 17, 2012 | Luis

I was thinking about new material that I will use for teaching this coming semester (starting the third week of February) and suddenly compiled the following list of links: William Briggs writes It is time to stop teaching Frequentism to … Continue reading → [Read more...]

R is a language

January 11, 2012 | Luis

A commenter on this blog reminded me of one of the frustrating aspects faced by newbies, not only to R but to any other programming environment (I am thinking of typical students doing stats for the first time). The statement … Continue reading → [Read more...]

Doing Bayesian Data Analysis now in JAGS

January 3, 2012 | Luis

Around Christmas time I presented my first impressions of Kruschke’s Doing Bayesian Data Analysis. This is a very nice book but one of its drawbacks was that part of the code used BUGS, which left mac users like me stuck. … Continue reading → [Read more...]

Plotting earthquake data

January 2, 2012 | Luis

Since 4th September 2010 we have had over 2,800 quakes (considering only magnitude 3+) in Christchurch. Quakes come in swarms, with one or few strong shocks, followed by numerous smaller ones and then the ocasional shock, creating an interesting data … Continue reading → [Read more...]

An R wish list for 2012

December 26, 2011 | Luis

I expect there will be many reviews and wish lists for R this year, with many of them focusing on either running speed or dealing with large data sets. However, most issues that I would like to see tackled in … Continue reading → [Read more...]
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