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A Frosty Deal?

September 17, 2020 | R | Quantum Jitter

Reading news articles on the will-they-won’t-they post-Brexit trade negotiations with the EU sees days of optimism jarred by days of gloom. Do negative news articles, when one wants a positive outcome, leave a deeper impression? I wondered if I coul...
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The Goldilocks Principle

August 8, 2020 | R | Quantum Jitter

The Goldilocks principle has its origins in a children’s story about a girl who tastes the bowls of porridge left by three bears. She prefers the one that is neither too hot nor too cold, but is just right. When it comes to investing in stocks, how many is “...
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Weathering the Storm

August 1, 2020 | R | Quantum Jitter

Covid-19 began battering the financial markets in February. Which sectors are faring best? I’ll compare each sector in the S&P 500 with the overall market. And I’ll baseline each at 100% as of February 19th, 2020 so we can see which have recovered lost ground.
symbols <-

from <- "2020-02-19"
eod_sectors <-
  tq_get(symbols, get = "quandl", from = from) %>%
  group_by(symbol) %>%
    norm_close = adj_close / first(adj_close),
    type = if_else(symbol == "EOD/SPY", "Market", "Sector"),
    sector = case_when(
      symbol == "EOD/SPY"  ~ "S&P 500",
      symbol == "EOD/XLB"  ~ "Materials",
      symbol == "EOD/XLE"  ~ "Energy",
      symbol == "EOD/XLU"  ~ "Utilities",
      symbol == "EOD/XLI"  ~ "Industrical",
      symbol == "EOD/XLRE" ~ "Real Estate",
      symbol == "EOD/XLV"  ~ "Health",
      symbol == "EOD/XLK"  ~ "Technology",
      symbol == "EOD/XLF"  ~ "Financial",
      symbol == "EOD/XLC"  ~ "Communication",
      symbol == "EOD/XLY"  ~ "Consumer Discretionary",
      symbol == "EOD/XLP"  ~ "Consumer Staples",
      TRUE                 ~ "Other"
  ) %>%
With all that ...
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Favourite Things

July 25, 2020 | R | Quantum Jitter


cols <- wes_palette(name = "IsleofDogs1")
Each project closes with a table summarising the R tools used. By visualising my most frequently used packages and functions I get a sense of where I may most benefit from going deeper and keeping abreast of the latest breaking changes. I may also spot superseded functions e.g. ...
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Moving House

July 25, 2020 | R | Quantum Jitter

After reading up on Blogdown, I decided to take the plunge and move my Wordpress blog thinkr to Hugo Academic + Netlify as Quantum Jitter. Motivation My existing site looks (soon-to-be looked) pretty good. But it’s expensive to maintain. I was sp... [Read more...]

East-West Divide

January 8, 2019 | R | Quantum Jitter


cols <- wes_palette(8, name = "FantasticFox1", type = "continuous")
When tensions heightened at the United Nations early in 2019, I wondered whether we had drawn closer, or farther apart, over the decades since the body was established in 1945. I’ll see if I can garner a clue by performing cluster analysis on the General Assembly voting of five of ...
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Bigger & Brighter

December 31, 2018 | R | Quantum Jitter

In Criminal Goings-on I initially got a sense of the data using a static facet plot. This is a great visualisation tool building on the principle of small multiples. There may come a point though where the sheer volume of small multiples make it harder to “see the wood for ...
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