Analysis of retractions in PubMed

November 30, 2010 | nsaunders

As so often happens these days, a brief post at FriendFeed got me thinking about data analysis. Entitled “So how many retractions are there every year, anyway?”, the post links to this article at Retraction Watch. It discusses ways to estimate the number of retractions and in particular, a recent ...
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Data visualization videos

November 29, 2010 | Rob J Hyndman

Probably everyone has seen Hans Rosling’s famous TED talk by now. I recently came across a couple of other exceptional talks on data visualization: Hans Rosling again: Let my dataset change your mindset. If only all statistics lecturers were this dynamic! David McCandless: The beauty of data visualization. Not ... [Read more...]

Initializing the Holt-Winters method

November 29, 2010 | Rob J Hyndman

The Holt-Winters method is a popular and effective approach to forecasting seasonal time series. But different implementations will give different forecasts, depending on how the method is initialized and how the smoothing parameters are selected. In this post I will discuss various initialization methods. Suppose the time series is denoted ... [Read more...]

Slices and crumbs [arXiv:1011.4722]

November 29, 2010 | xi'an

An interesting note was arXived a few days ago by Madeleine Thompson and Radford Neal. Beside the nice touch of mixing crumbs and slices, the neat idea is to have multiple-try proposals for simulating within a slice and to decrease the dimension of the simulation space at each try. This ... [Read more...]

The Joy of Visualizations

November 29, 2010 | David Smith

This is a clip from the forthcoming BBC4 program, The Joy of Stats: The clip shows Hans Rosling (who we've profiled here before), plotting life expectancy versus income for various countries, and animating over time. The clip amply demonstrates that with the right presentation and story, even the simplest of ... [Read more...]

John Chambers on R and Multilingualism

November 29, 2010 | David Smith

John Chambers, one of the creators of R's predecessor S and a current member of the R Core Group, gave a seminar at Stanford last week titled "R, other languages and object-oriented programming". Unfortunately, I was away for the Thanksgiving break and couldn't make it myself, but John has kindly ... [Read more...]

SAS and R joins SAS-x

November 29, 2010 | Ken Kleinman

Tal Galili, organizer of the R-bloggers blog aggregator, has opened a new aggregator for people blogging about SAS. If you're unfamiliar with the concept, an aggregator is a single blog which republishes (with permission, in this case) the entries fro...
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Joy of Stats coming soon

November 29, 2010 | Pat

The Joy of Stats really is a joy.  It will be shown on BBC4, apparently scheduled for December 7.  (That date comes from Hans Rosling on twitter, I haven’t found scheduling evidence at the BBC.) I saw its debut at the Royal Statistical Society on World Statistics Day. Here is ...
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Computing evidence

November 28, 2010 | xi'an

The book Random effects and latent variable model selection, edited by David Dunson in 2008 as a Springer Lecture Note. contains several chapters dealing with evidence approximation in mixed effect models. (Incidentally, I would be interested in the story behind the  Lecture Note as I found no explanation in the backcover ...
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Analyst First – SURF

November 28, 2010 | Sydney Users of R Forum - SURF

This presentation is aimed at all those working in commercial and government analytics, irrespective of what tools they use, and also to those students intending on such a career. R and other open source tools play a powerful, unique and … Continue reading →
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Random variable generation (Pt 1 of 3)

November 28, 2010 | csgillespie

As I mentioned in a recent post, I’ve just received a copy of Advanced Markov Chain Monte Carlo Methods. Chapter 1.4 in the book (very quickly) covers random variable generation. Inverse CDF Method A standard algorithm for generating random numbers is the inverse cdf method. The continuous version of the ... [Read more...]

parser 0.0-12

November 28, 2010 | romain francois

I've pushed a new version of the parser package to CRAN. This is the first release that depends on Rcpp, which allowed me to reduce the code size and increase its maintainability. This also features a faster version of nlines, a function that r... [Read more...]

Rcpp 0.8.9

November 28, 2010 | romain francois

Rcpp 0.8.9 was pushed to CRAN recently. Apart from minor bug fixes, this release concentrates on modules, with lots of new features to expose C++ functions and classes through R reference classes. The Rcpp-modules vignette has all the details, a...
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LaTeX Typesetting – Basics

November 28, 2010 | Ralph

The LaTeX typesetting is used to create professional looking documents on a home computer. It may have a steeper learning curve than using a Word Processor, but this initial effort will often pay off reasonably quickly. The system is almost a necessity for anyone writing documents with a large amount ...
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Advanced Markov Chain Monte Carlo Methods (AMCMC)

November 27, 2010 | csgillespie

I’ve just received my copy of Advanced Markov Chain Monte Carlo Methods, by Liang, Liu, & Carroll. Although my PhD didn’t really involve any Bayesian methodology (and my undergrad was devoid of any Bayesian influence), I’ve found that the sort of problems I’m now tackling in systems ...
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RcppArmadillo 0.2.10

November 26, 2010 | Thinking inside the box

Conrad Sanderson released version 1.0.0 of Armadillo, his templated C++ library for linear algebra, earlier this week. So congratulations to Conrad on reaching 1.0.0! I folded his version 1.0.0 into a new release 0.2.10 of RcppArmadillo, our Rcpp-base... [Read more...]

Yet another inferno

November 26, 2010 | Pat

Many from the R world will know The R Inferno. Abstract: If you are using R and you think you’re in hell, this is a map for you. A newly minted inferno is The 9 circles of scientific hell. Most amusing to me is Circle 4: p-value fishing, the punishment of ...
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Random graphs with fixed numbers of neighbours

November 24, 2010 | xi'an

In connection with Le Monde puzzle #46, I eventually managed to write an R program that generates graphs with a given number n of nodes and a given number k of edges leaving each of those nodes. (My early attempt was simply too myopic to achieve any level of success when ...
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