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If you have to use circles…

February 15, 2012
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If you have to use circles…

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 →

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Revisiting homicide rates

February 10, 2012
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Revisiting homicide rates

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 →

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Oracle’s strange understanding of R users

February 8, 2012
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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 →

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Early-February flotsam

February 7, 2012
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Early-February flotsam

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
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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 →

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Mid-January flotsam: teaching edition

January 17, 2012
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Mid-January flotsam: teaching edition

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 →

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R is a language

January 11, 2012
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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 →

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Doing Bayesian Data Analysis now in JAGS

January 3, 2012
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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 →

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Plotting earthquake data

January 2, 2012
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Plotting earthquake data

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 →

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An R wish list for 2012

December 26, 2011
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An R wish list for 2012

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 →

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