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Comparing Symmetric Eigenvalue Performance

October 28, 2016
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Comparing Symmetric Eigenvalue Performance

Lazy reader’s guide: skip to the pretty pictures, skim the conclusions section, ignore the rest. Background I think a lot about eigenvalue and singular value decompositions. I won’t get into it right now, but I have been quoted in the past as sa...

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Password Input with getPass

April 26, 2016
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Password Input with getPass

As of this morning, the getPass package version 0.1-1 is available on CRAN. The package offers a portable way to read user input without echoing the text, for the purposes of reading passwords. Some screenshots from various platforms are given below. ...

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Password Input with getPass

April 26, 2016
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Password Input with getPass

As of this morning, the getPass package version 0.1-1 is available on CRAN. The package offers a portable way to read user input without echoing the text, for the purposes of reading passwords. Some screenshots from various platforms are given below....

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Perform co-operations with the coop package

April 6, 2016
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About The coop package does co-operations: covariance, correlation, and cosine, and it does them quickly. The package is available on CRAN and GitHub, and has two vignettes: Introducing coop: Fast Covariance, Correlation, and Cosine Operations Algorithms and Benchmarks for the coop Package Incidentally, the vignettes don't render correctly on CRAN's end for some reason; if any of you rmarkdown...

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Perform co-operations with the coop package

April 6, 2016
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About The coop package does co-operations: covariance, correlation, and cosine, and it does them quickly. The package is available on CRAN and GitHub, and has two vignettes: Introducing coop: Fast Covariance, Correlation, and Cosine Operations A...

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Controlling a Remote R Session from a Local One

October 28, 2015
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Say you have an Amazon EC2 instance running and you want to be able to control your R session running there from your local R session. At heart, this is not a new idea for the R community. You can already control remote R sessions easily with Shiny or ...

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Controlling a Remote R Session from a Local One

October 28, 2015
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Say you have an Amazon EC2 instance running and you want to be able to control your R session running there from your local R session. At heart, this is not a new idea for the R community. You can already control remote R sessions easily with Shiny o...

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Cache Rules Everything Around Me

February 12, 2015
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Cache Rules Everything Around Me

Title with apologies to the Wu-Tang Clan. In this post, we're going to be discussing: Rcpp R's C interface The importance of CPU caches Performance benchmarking If none of these things is of interest you and you clicked anyway, please enjoy this picture of a cat: Background Cache is like your computer's ram, only very small and 50-100 times...

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One of My Favorite R Oddities: dump()

January 26, 2015
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One of My Favorite R Oddities:  dump()

R is full of things that make "real programmers" (I dislike this term) turn their noses up in disgust. One of my favorites is the dump() function. It is...odd. I think the best way to introduce it to people is without context, because it's just so bizarre: That's right; it's actually dumping out R code that would allow you...

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A “did you mean?” Feature for R

December 10, 2014
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Most search engines have a "did you mean?" feature, where suggestions are given in the presence of likely typos. And while search engines use sophisticated NLP methods on their vast amounts of user-generated data to create accurate suggestions, you can get by with some ancient spellchecker techniques. So a little while ago, I did just that with the Rdym...

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