Version 0.9 of timeline on CRAN

May 9, 2013
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Version 0.9 of timeline on CRAN

The initial version of the timeline package has been released to CRAN. This package provides creates timeline plots using ggplot2 in a style similar to Preceden. I would considered this beta quality as there are more features I would like to add but has enough functionality to possibly be useful to others. install.packages('timeline',repos='http://cran.r-project.org') require(timeline) data(ww2) timeline(ww2, ww2.events, event.spots=2, event.label='', event.above=FALSE) Timeline...</p><p><a href=Read more »

A Shiny web app to find out how much medical procedures cost in your state.

May 8, 2013
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A Shiny web app to find out how much medical procedures cost in your state.

Today the front page of the Huffington Post featured the new data available from the CMS that shows the cost of many popular procedures broken down by hospital. We here at Simply Statistics think you should be able to explore … Continue reading →

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What’s new in Revolution R Enterprise 6.2 (video)

May 8, 2013
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If you missed last week's webinar, product manager Thomas Dinsmore shared details of the new features in Revolution R Enterprise 6.2 in the video below: You can also download slides of the presentation at the link below. Revolution Analytics webinars: What's New in Revolution R Enterprise 6.2

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Computed columns for dataframes

May 8, 2013
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Computed columns for dataframes

Everyone loves to aggregate data. Everyone loves to create new columns based on other columns. Everyone hates to do the same thing twice. In my continuing work on multilevel view of loss reserving, I reached a point where I realized that I needed a robust mechanism to aggregate computed columns. SQL server and (I’m assuming)

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Feature Selection 2 – Genetic Boogaloo

May 8, 2013
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Feature Selection 2 – Genetic Boogaloo

Previously, I talked about genetic algorithms (GA) for feature selection and illustrated the algorithm using a modified version of the GA R package and simulated data. The data were simulated with 200 non-informative predictors and 12 linear effects and three non-linear effects. Quadratic discriminant analysis (QDA) was used to model the data. The last set of...

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3D Mapping in R

May 8, 2013
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3D Mapping in R

This tutorial has been kindly contributed by Robin Edwa

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SAS, SPSS, Stata Users: Learn R from Home June 17

May 8, 2013
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SAS, SPSS, Stata Users: Learn R from Home June 17

Has learning R been driving you a bit crazy? If so, it may be that you’re “lost in translation.” On June 17 and 19, I’ll be teaching a webinar, R for SAS, SPSS and Stata Users. With each R concept, … Continue reading →

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Building a custom database of country time-series data using Quandl

May 8, 2013
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Building a custom database of country time-series data using Quandl

Encouraged by this post I had another look at quandl for collecting datasets from different agencies. Right now I need to get data for four countries on a couple of dozen indicators. This graphic is just a quick example with only two indicators of what I am aiming to be able to do. The process

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An accept-reject sampler using RcppArmadillo::sample()

May 8, 2013
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An accept-reject sampler using RcppArmadillo::sample()

The recently added RcppArmadillo::sample() functionality provides the same algorithm used in R’s sample() to Rcpp-level code. Because R’s own sample() is written in C with minimal work done in R, writing a wrapper around RcppArmadillo::sample() to then call in R won’t get you much of a performance boost. However, if you need to repeatedly call sample(), then calling a...

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Gambler’s Run With Shiny

May 8, 2013
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Gambler’s Run With Shiny

I finally had an opportunity to play with Shiny, and I am very impressed. I have created a Github Project so head over there for the source code. There are a number of ways to distribute Shiny apps. If you are running R (and mostly likely you are if you are reading this), you can download and...

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heatmaps with p-values (2)… coloured according to odds ratio

May 7, 2013
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heatmaps with p-values (2)… coloured according to odds ratio

I like heatplots with p-values -or frequencies, or whatever-. Not very conclusive, but pretty anyway. And when talking about graphs, pretty will make our neurons to fire in more interesting ways: neurons like “pretty” graphs. Moreover, observing your data can … Sigue leyendo →

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CAISN

May 7, 2013
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CAISN

Reblogged from Zero to R Hero: Canadian Aquatic Invasive Species Networks Annual General Meeting in Kananaskis, Alberta. May 03, 3:25-5:30. This 2-hour workshop will focus on how and why we do numerical simulation in R. Time permitting, we will also look at how to build and fit likelihood based statistical models. We ask that you bring your

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New geomorph function to digitize multiple 2d images

New geomorph function to digitize multiple 2d images

Hi Morphometricians! We've enhanced geomorph's ability to continuously digitize multiple specimens' images in 2d, if these are within the same directory. This new function allows one to digitize 2d images without interruption. Thanks to Samuel Brown and Karl Fetter for suggesting the improvement. We will incorporate this function in our next package update. I'm including demonstration code...

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Poisson regression on non-integers

May 7, 2013
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Poisson regression on non-integers

In the course on claims reserving techniques, I did mention the use of Poisson regression, even if incremental payments were not integers. For instance, we did consider incremental triangles > source("http://perso.univ-rennes1.fr/arthur.charpentier/bases.R") > INC=PAID > INC=PAID-PAID > INC 3209 1163 39 17 7 21 3367 1292 37 24 10 NA 3871...

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R in Insurance: Programme and Abstracts published

May 7, 2013
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R in Insurance: Programme and Abstracts published

I am delighted to announce that the programme and abstracts for the first R in Insurance conference at Cass Business School in London, 15 July 2013, have been published. The conference committee received strong abstracts from academia and the industry,...

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SAS Big Data Analytics Benchmark (Part Two)

May 7, 2013
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by Thomas Dinsmore On April 26, SAS published on its website an undated Technical Paper entitled Big Data Analytics: Benchmarking SAS, R and Mahout. In the paper, the authors (Allison J. Ames, Ralph Abbey and Wayne Thompson) describe a recent project to compare model quality, product completeness and ease of use for two SAS products together with open source...

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Eigen-analysis of Linear Model Behavior in R

May 7, 2013
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Eigen-analysis of Linear Model Behavior in R

This post is actually about replicating the figures in Otto and Day: A Biologist’s Guide to Mathematical Modeling in Ecology and Evolution. The figures I’m interested in for this post are Figures 9.1 and 9.2 in the chapter ‘General Solutions … Continue reading →

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DataMind & The R Service Bus @ RBelgium

DataMind & The R Service Bus @ RBelgium

  Within 2 weeks on Friday, May 24, The RBelgium R user group is holding its next Regular meeting in Leuven for which this is the schedule: ** Jonathan Cornelissen - DataMind  Discover DataMind, a new online learning platform for d...

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Subsetting data

May 6, 2013
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Subsetting data

At School we use R across many courses, because students are supposed to use statistics under a variety of contexts. Imagine their disappointment when they pass stats and discovered that R and statistics haven’t gone away! When students start working with real data sets one of their first stumbling blocks is subsetting data. We have

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Passing columns of a dataframe to a function without quotes

May 6, 2013
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Passing columns of a dataframe to a function without quotes

I love the syntax of calls to lm and ggplot, wherein the dataframe is specified as a variable and specific columns are referenced as though they were separate variables. While developing some of my functions, I’d wanted to introduce something similar. I often find that I have a single large dataframe and want to execute

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xkcd: Visualized

May 6, 2013
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xkcd: Visualized

IntroductionIt's been said that the ideal job is one you love enough to do for free but are good enough at that people will pay you for it. That if you do what you love no matter what others may say, and if you work at it hard enough, and long enough, eventually people will recognize it and...

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Explaining real-time predictive analytics with big data (video)

May 6, 2013
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In my presentation to the Strata Santa Clara 2013 conference earlier this year, my goal was to give a succinct (under 20 minutes!) explanation of three terms that are two often used as mere buzzwords: predictive analytics, real time, and big data. You can download the slides for my presentation, Real-time Big Data Analytics: From Deployment to Production, from...

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Veterinary Epidemiologic Research: Count and Rate Data – Zero Counts

May 6, 2013
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Veterinary Epidemiologic Research: Count and Rate Data – Zero Counts

Continuing on the examples from the book Veterinary Epidemiologic Research, we look today at modelling count when the count of zeros may be higher or lower than expected from a Poisson or negative binomial distribution. When there’s an excess of zero counts, you can fit either a zero-inflated model or a hurdle model. If zero

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When the “reorder” function just isn’t good enough…

May 6, 2013
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When the “reorder” function just isn’t good enough…

The reorder function, in R 3.0.0, is behaving strangely (or I’m really not understanding something).  Take the following simple data frame: df = data.frame(a1 = c(4,1,1,3,2,4,2), a2 = c(“h”,”j”,”j”,”e”,”c”,”h”,”c”)) I expect that if I call the reorder function on the … Continue reading →

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Oracle R Distribution for R 2.15.2 available on public-yum

May 6, 2013
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Oracle R Distribution for R 2.15.2 available on public-yum

Oracle R Distribution (ORD) for R 2.15.2 on Linux is now available for download from Oracle's public-yum repository.  R 2.15.2 is a maintenance update that includes improved performance and reduced memory usage for some commonly-used functions, increased memory available for data on 64-bit systems, enhanced localization for Polish language users, and a number of bug fixes.  Detailed updates...

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Bayesian and Frequentist Approaches: Ask the Right Question

May 6, 2013
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Bayesian and Frequentist Approaches: Ask the Right Question

It occurred to us recently that we don’t have any articles about Bayesian approaches to statistics here. I’m not going to get into the “Bayesian versus Frequentist” war; in my opinion, which style of approach to use is less about philosophy, and more about figuring out the best way to answer a question. Once you Related posts:

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Incomplete Data by Design: Bringing Machine Learning to Marketing Research

May 6, 2013
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Incomplete Data by Design: Bringing Machine Learning to Marketing Research

Survey research deals with the problem of question wording by always asking the same question.  Thus, the Gallup Daily Tracking is filled with examples of moving averages for the exact same question asked precisely the same way every day. &nb...

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New fixed.angle() Function

Hello morphometricians,Below you can find a new fixed angle function addressing the problem discovered by Fabio Machado in the morphmet mail archive. We will include this function in our next schedule update to geomorph. Cheers, Erik CODE: ...

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Mixed Model Example — Wagner et al. (2006)

May 6, 2013
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Mixed Model Example — Wagner et al. (2006)

I am preparing for a workshop on mixed models and looked at the paper “Accounting for multilevel data structures in fisheries data using mixed models” by Wagner et al. (2006) (PDF available here).  Wagner et al. (2006) used two examples, with the … Continue reading →

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