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Mixing Up Your Office March Madness Competition

Mixing Up Your Office March Madness Competition

March Madness is almost here! Try mixing up your office bracket competition with a Calcutta auction instead. I think the original source of this idea came from a news article similar to this one. Of course, you can also make this (mostly) risk free by using points to bid on teams instead of money… our office typically has the...

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Exploring Models with lime

Exploring Models with lime

Recently at work I’ve been asked to help some clinicians understand why my risk model classifies specific patients as high risk. Just prior to this work I stumbled across the work of some data scientists at the University of Washington called lime. LIME stands for “Local Interpretable Model-Agnostic Explanations”. The idea is that I can answer those questions I’m...

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Connecting R to PostgreSQL on Linux

Connecting to databases is a critical piece of data anlaysis in R. In most analytic roles the data we consume is going to be found in databases. Of these some of the most common are SQL databases like MS SQL Server, PostgreSQL, and Oracle in addition to many others. In this how-to blog, I’ll walk you through the major...

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Setting up an ODBC connection with MS SQL Server on Windows

Setting up an ODBC connection with MS SQL Server on Windows

Connecting to databases is a critical piece of data anlaysis in R. In most analytic roles the data we consume is going to be found in databases. Of these some of the most common are SQL databases like MS SQL Server, PostgreSQL, and Oracle in addition to many others. In this how-to blog, I’ll walk you through the major...

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Forecasting PM2.5 with forecast and prophet

February 20, 2018
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Forecasting PM2.5 with forecast and prophet

Time series, the course I often wish I had taken while completing my coursework in school. I finally got an excuse to do a comparitive dive into the different time series models in the forecast package in R thanks to an invitation to present at a recent Practical Data Science Meetup in Salt Lake City. In the following exercises, I’ll...

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Creating a Custom htmlwidget for Shiny

A year ago, htmlwidgets were a mystery to me. I was first introduced to them at a conference years ago. I previously used rCharts which I really liked because of the ability it gave me to customize my interactive graphs in Shiny. I approached an instructor and explained my interest in rCharts to him and he pointed me in...

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