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4×3 R-Hackathoning – The Finisher’s Guide

December 11, 2016
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4×3 R-Hackathoning – The Finisher’s Guide

Abstract We present experiences from organizing a small R hackathon aimed at advancing knowledge and documentation of the R package surveillance. The hackathon was piggybacked on the ESCAIDE2016 conference visited by current and potential package users in the area of infectious disease epidemiology. The output of the hackathon is available at https://surveillancer.github.io/tutorials/. Creative Commons License

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Better Confidence Intervals for Quantiles

October 22, 2016
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Better Confidence Intervals for Quantiles

\{\boldsymbol{\mathbf{#1}}} \DeclareMathOperator*{\argmin}{arg\,min} \DeclareMathOperator*{\argmax}{arg\,max} \] Abstract We discuss the computation of confidence intervals for the median or any other quantile in R. In particular we are interested in the interpolated order statistic approach suggested by Hettmansperger and Sheather (1986) and Nyblom (1992). In order to make the methods available to a greater audience we provide an implementation of these methods in...

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Cartograms with R

October 9, 2016
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Cartograms with R

Abstract We show how to create cartograms with R by illustrating the population and age-distribution of the planning regions of Berlin by static plots and animations. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. The markdown+Rknitr source code of this blog is available under a

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Surveillance Out of the Box – The #Zombie Experiment

September 24, 2016
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Surveillance Out of the Box – The #Zombie Experiment

Abstract We perform a social experiment to investigate, if zombie related twitter posts can used as a reliable indicator for an early warning system. We show how such a system can be set up almost out-of-the-box using R - a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics. Warning: This blog entry contains toxic doses of Danish irony and sarcasm...

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The Olympic Medal Table Visualized Gapminder Style

August 20, 2016
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The Olympic Medal Table Visualized Gapminder Style

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. The markdown+Rknitr source code of this blog is available under a GNU General Public License (GPL v3) license from . Abstract Following Hans Rosling's Gapminder animation style we visualize the total number of medals a country...

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No Sleep During the Reproducibility Session

August 3, 2016
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No Sleep During the Reproducibility Session

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. The markdown+Rknitr source code of this blog is available under a GNU General Public License (GPL v3) license from . Abstract R code is provided for implementing a statistical method by Nishiura, Miyamatsu, and Mizumoto...

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Casting Call for MERS-CoV in Korea, 2015

July 18, 2016
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Casting Call for MERS-CoV in Korea, 2015

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. The markdown+Rknitr source code of this blog is available under a GNU General Public License (GPL v3) license from . Abstract We perform an adjustment for observed-but-not-yet-reported cases (aka. nowcasting) for the epidemic curve of the...

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Princes Disguised in Uniforms

June 18, 2016
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Princes Disguised in Uniforms

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. The markdown+Rknitr source code of this blog is available under a GNU General Public License (GPL v3) license from . Abstract We revisit the secretary problem as a mathematical fairy tale: Princes wooing a princess sequentially...

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Optimal Choice – Mathematical Advice for Real Life

June 11, 2016
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Optimal Choice – Mathematical Advice for Real Life

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. The markdown+Rknitr source code of this blog is available under a GNU General Public License (GPL v3) license from . Abstract We discuss how to choose the optimal candidate from a rankable sequence of candidates arriving...

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Right or Wrong? – Validate Numbers Like a Boss

Right or Wrong? – Validate Numbers Like a Boss

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License. The markdown+Rknitr source code of this blog is available under a GNU General Public License (GPL v3) license from . Abstract How does a statistician ensure that an analysis that comprises of outputting \(N\)...

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