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M4 Forecasting Competition

November 18, 2017
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The “M” competitions organized by Spyros Makridakis have had an enormous influence on the field of forecasting. They focused attention on what models produced good forecasts, rather than on the mathematical properties of those models. For that, Spyros deserves congratulations for changing the landscape of forecasting research through this series of competitions. Makridakis & Hibon, (JRSSA 1979) was the first...

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RStudio Keyboard Shortcuts for Pipes

November 18, 2017
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RStudio Keyboard Shortcuts for Pipes

I have just released some simple RStudio add-ins that are great for creating keyboard shortcuts when working with pipes in R. You can install the add-ins from here (which also includes both installation instructions and use instructions/examples).

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Statebins Reimagined

November 18, 2017
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Statebins Reimagined

A long time ago, in a github repo far, far away there lived a tiny package that made it possible to create equal area, square U.S. state cartograms in R dubbed statebins🔗. Three years have come and gone and — truth be told — I’ve never been happy with that package. It never felt “right”... Continue reading →

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Seasonality of plagues by @ellis2013nz

November 18, 2017
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Seasonality of plagues by @ellis2013nz

Seasonality of plague deaths In the course of my ramblings through history, I recently came across Mark R. Welford and Brian H. Bossak Validation of Inverse Seasonal Peak Mortality in Medieval Plagues, Including the Black Death, in Comparison to Moder...

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How to combine point and boxplots in timeline charts with ggplot2 facets

November 17, 2017
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How to combine point and boxplots in timeline charts with ggplot2 facets

In a recent project, I was looking to plot data from different variables along the same time axis. The difficulty was, that some of these variables I wanted to have as point plots, while others I wanted as box-plots. Because I work with the tidyverse, I wanted to produce these plots with ggplot2. Faceting was the obvious first step but...

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Highlights from the Connect(); conference

November 17, 2017
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Connect();, the annual Microsoft developer conference, is wrapping up now in New York. The conference was the venue for a number of major announcements and talks. Here are some highlights related to data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence: There have been several updates to Azure Machine Learning, including the ability to deploy models to the Azure IoT Edge...

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padr version 0.4.0 now on CRAN

November 17, 2017
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padr version 0.4.0 now on CRAN

I am happy to share that the latest version of padr just hit CRAN. This new version comprises bug fixes, performance improvements and new functions for formatting datetime variables. But above all, it introduces the custom paradigm that enables you to do asymmetric analysis.

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Gold-Mining – Week 11 (2017)

November 17, 2017
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Week 11 Gold Mining and Fantasy Football Projection Roundup now available. Go get that free agent gold! The post Gold-Mining – Week 11 (2017) appeared first on Fantasy Football Analytics.

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Network analysis video – 7th Scottish QGIS user group

November 17, 2017
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Network analysis video – 7th Scottish QGIS user group

Network analysis presentation from the 7th Scottish QGIS user group. Featuring Ordnance Survey open data, QGIS, GRASS and R.

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Teaching to machines: What is learning in machine learning entails?

November 16, 2017
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Teaching to machines: What is learning in machine learning entails?

Preamble Figure 1: The oldest learning institution  in the world; University of Bologna. (Source: Wikipedia). Machine Learning (ML) is now a de-facto skill for every quantitative job and almost every industry embraced it, even though fundamentals of the field is not new at all. However, what does it mean to teach to a machine? Unfortunately, for even moderate technical people coming from different backgrounds, answer to this...

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