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Install JAGS and rjags in Fedora

January 23, 2009
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JAGS was developed to help those non-Window users to be able to use BUGS. However, I found it is very hard to install JAGS and its R package-rjags. Here is my note on how to install JAGS and rjags in Fedora 10. The note here should work for all Linu...

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RWinEdt and Windows Vista/Window 7

January 1, 2009
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As a R user, I like to use RWinEdt as the text editor. I write code on it and send code to R by clicking buttons.I had a spare laptop from Jennifer. It does not have a working screen. I use that to test all kinds of software and OS systems. Recentl...

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Plot symbols in R

November 18, 2008
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In the plot environment, the "pch" parameter decides the symbol of your output. There are about 130 symbols hard coded and passed into "pch."However, there are still some symbols that are not in these 130 pch's. For instance, there is no checkmark. To plot checkmark or other symbols, we can use symbol() in the expression()...

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Plotting Math in R

October 29, 2008
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Plotting math in R can be acheived using the expression(). To know detailed usage, in R console,demo(plotmath)But expression() is not flexible when you want to plot math symbols and parameters altogether. In this case, we use bquote() which is actually a wraper for substitute() and quote(). It has the ability to do paste() and expression() altogether. Here...

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The most popular programming languages in 2008

October 26, 2008
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TIOBE has released the newest ranking for the most popular programming language here. Java remains the top popular programming language. C and C++ follow with Java. I dont' see R in this ranking. Maybe it doesn't belong to this group! Maybe I should ...

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Group-level variances and correlations

September 23, 2008
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This is just a sum-up of what we should do when we try to estimate the group-level variances and correlations but the software failed to do so. As a R and lmer() user, I found this happens often.If this is the case, there are three potential problems...

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Link C with R

August 7, 2008
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I should have posted this earlier. In my previous post, I have discussed the speed issue in R briefly. The speed issue unfortunately are two of the shortcomings of R. The other one is that R does not handle big data set very well. So instead of wai...

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Smart programming saves computing times

June 21, 2008
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Recently, I tried to learn C language so that I can write a C addon for some R rountines to redress the speed issue in R. In my last post here, I have documented how a simple trick can speed up R. Nonetheless, I had an example which shows that smart...

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Speed up R! Make R Run Faster!

June 16, 2008
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This is another example of why defaults matter a lot. I got an email of Evan Cooch forward by Matt, saying that there exists a trick to speed up R matrix caculation. He found that if we replace the default Rblas.dll in R with the proper one. It can b...

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R2jags: A Package for Running jags from R

May 21, 2008
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I have wrote about my experience with jags here. Martyn Plummer has updated jags recently and now jags can get as he claimed. Jags is fast and its source code is more manipulable (It's written in C++).I and Masanao wrote a package, R2jags, for runnin...

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