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Conference talk submission

February 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

The second conference on R in Insurance will be held on Monday 14 July 2014 at Cass Business School in London, UK. The intended audience of the conference includes both academics and practitioners who are active or interested in the applications of R in Insurance. This one-day conference will focus on applications ... [Read more...]

Is R turning into an operating system?

December 31, 2011 | 0 Comments

Over the years I convinced my colleagues and IT guys that R and LaTeX/XeLaTeX is the way forward to produce lots of customer reports with individual data, charts, analysis and text. Success!But of course the operating system in the office is still MS W...
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Data is the new gold

December 13, 2011 | 0 Comments

We need more data journalism. How else will we find the nuggets of data and information worth reading? Life should become easier for data journalists, as the Guardian, one of the data journalism pioneers, points out in this article about the new open ...
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LondonR, 6 December 2011

December 10, 2011 | 0 Comments

The London R user group met again last Wednesday at the Shooting Star pub. And it was busy. More than 80 people had turned up. Was it the free beer and food, sponsored by Mango which attracted the folks or the speakers? Or the venue? James Long, who or...
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Fitting distributions with R

December 1, 2011 | 0 Comments

Fitting distribution with R is something I have to do once in a while.A good starting point to learn more about distribution fitting with R is Vito Ricci's tutorial on CRAN. I also find the vignettes of the actuar and fitdistrplus packag...
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Interactive presentations with deck.js

November 20, 2011 | 0 Comments

Data analysis is often an iterative and interactive process. However, when I present about this subject, I feel often limited by the presentation software I use. It doesn't matter if I use LaTeX/PDF, PowerPoint or Keynote. In all cases it is either ver...
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Stochastic reserving with R: ChainLadder 0.1.5-1 released

November 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

Today we published version 0.1.5-1 of the ChainLadder package for R. It provides methods which are typically used in insurance claims reserving to forecast future claims payments.Claims development and chain-ladder forecast of the RAA data set using the Mack methodThe package started out of presentations given at the Stochastic ...
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Installing R 2.14.0 on an iBook G4 running Mac OS 10.4.11

October 30, 2011 | 0 Comments

My 12" iBook G4 is celebrating its 8th birthday today! Time for a little present. How about R 2.14.0?The iBook is still in daily use, mostly for browsing the web, writing e-mails and this blog; and I still use it for R as well. For a long time it run R...
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Using Sweave with XeLaTeX

October 23, 2011 | 0 Comments

Using R with LaTeX via Sweave is a great way to create reproducible output. However, using specific fonts, e.g. your corporate fonts, can be painful with pdflatex. Over the last few weeks I have fallen in love with the TeX formatXeLaTeX and its XeTeX e...
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R related books: Traditional vs online publishing

October 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

How many R related books have been published so far? Who is the most popular publisher? How many other manuals, tutorials and books have been published online? Let's find out. A few years ago I used the publication list on as an argument ...
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Setting the initial view of a motion chart in R

September 30, 2011 | 0 Comments

Following on from my article about accessing and plotting World Bank data with R I want to talk about how to change the initial view of a motion chart.Over the last couple of weeks I have been asked a view times how to do this. For instance Stephen O'G...
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Accessing and plotting World Bank data with R

September 25, 2011 | 0 Comments

Over the past couple of days I played around with the data sets of the World Bank, and I have to admit that I am blown away by it. It is amazing, to see what is available on their web site. It is worth visiting their Data Visualisation Tools page. ...
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R in the insurance industry

September 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

Let's talk about R in the insurance industry today.  David Smith's blog entry reminded me about our poster at the R user conference in Warwick in August 2011:Using R in InsuranceWe presented examples on how R can be used in the insu...
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LondonR, 7 September 2011

September 11, 2011 | 0 Comments

On 7 September 2011 I attended the London R user group meeting. It was a very good turn out with about 50 attendees at the Shooting Star, a pub close to Liverpool Street Station. The session started at 18:00 with four presentations, followed by drinks ...
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Including googleVis output into a blogger post

September 11, 2011 | 0 Comments

It seems that you cannot include Google Visualisation Charts into a blog post directly.So, I tried to include the output of a googleVis function as a gadget, but also unsuccessful.Although you can include gadgets into your site template, it doesn't see...
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googleVis 0.2.9

September 4, 2011 | 0 Comments

We have published googleVis 0.2.9 on CRAN. The new version updates the package for the new features of the Google Visualisation API and brings an new in-page editor option. Here is a simple example, displaying the participants of the R user Conference...
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