Comparing Shiny with gWidgetsWWW2.rapache

November 12, 2012
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(A guest post by John Verzani) A few days back the RStudio blog announced Shiny, a new product for easily creating interactive web applications (http://www.rstudio.com/shiny/). I wanted to compare this new framework to one I’ve worked on, gWidgetsWWW2.rapache – a version of …Read more »

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RStudio releases Shiny

November 12, 2012
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RStudio has released a new package for R. Shiny allows R developers to build simple interactive Web-based interfaces for R scripts, using only R code (no JavaScript development required!). You can see some examples of Shiny in action in this blog post, and there are more details about Shiny's capabilities in this tutorial. Shiny was first announced to beta...

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Using R — Callling C code with Rcpp

November 12, 2012
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This entry is part 12 of 12 in the series Using RIn two previous posts we described how R can call C code with .C() and the more complex yet more robust option of calling C code with .Call().  Here …   read more ...

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You can’t play a broken link

November 12, 2012
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You can’t play a broken link

Just like James Morrison and Nelly Furtado say, you really can't play a broken string. And quite similarly, you just can't use a broken link.I always find it very annoying when, while browsing a website, I find a broken link. You fall victim to the pro...

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Some Thoughts on Teaching R to 50,000 Students

November 12, 2012
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Two weeks ago I finished teaching my course Computing for Data Analysis through Coursera. Since then I’ve had some time to think about how it went, what I learned, and what I’d do differently. First off, let me say that it was a lot of fun....

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Kappa – Lambda light chain ratio

November 12, 2012
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Kappa – Lambda light chain ratio

Hi everybody,Few days back I was going through the development of immunoglobulin receptors on B cells.  I came across a few facts:1.  The ratio between kappa (K) and lambda (L) light chain attached with immunoglobulin (Ig) receptor is approxi...

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The guts of a statistical factor model

November 12, 2012
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The guts of a statistical factor model

Specifics of statistical factor models and of a particular implementation of them. Previously Posts that are background for this one include: Three things factor models do Factor models of variance in finance The BurStFin R package The quality of variance matrix estimation The problem Someone asked me some questions about the statistical factor model in … Continue reading...

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Portfolio Trading

November 12, 2012
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Portfolio Trading

In finance and investing the term portfolio refers to the collection of assets one owns. Compared to just holding a single asset at a time a portfolio has a number of potential benefits. A universe of asset holdings within the … Continue reading →

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Introduction to R and Biostatistics (2012 version): presentation

November 12, 2012
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Introduction to R and Biostatistics (2012 version): presentation

To follow my Introducing R and Biostatistics to first year LCG students (2012 version) post,  you can now find the presentation online from my site either in presentation format, in a single webpage format, or the raw Rmd file. To prove the point that publishing to RPubs is super easy, you can also find the single...

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PDQ 6.0 is On Its Way

November 12, 2012
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PDQ (Pretty Damn Quick) version 6.0.β is in the QA pipeline. Although this is a major release, cosmetically, things won't look any different when it comes to writing PDQ models. All the big changes have taken place under the hood in order to make PDQ more consistent with the R statistical environment. R version 2.15.2...

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"Sample Sets" plots (Shootout-2012)

November 11, 2012
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"Sample Sets" plots (Shootout-2012)

Histograms of all the sample sets together and individuallyRaw SpectraSpectra treated with MSC (Multiple Scatter correction)Spectra treated with SG filters

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How I cracked Troyis (the online flash game)

November 11, 2012
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How I cracked Troyis (the online flash game)

Troyis™ is an addictive online flash game where you move a chess knight through increasingly difficult puzzles. After hours and hours of playing, sometimes late into the night, I decided I'd waste even more of my time and write a little program tha...

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A thermometer in R using Arduino and Java

November 11, 2012
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A thermometer in R using Arduino and Java

A couple of weeks ago, Markus Gesmann demonstrated the feasability of connecting R and Arduino using Processing and Rserve in a nice and simple example. This actually rekindled my interest in Arduino that I hadn’t had time to satisfy… Again I will show a very easy and simple example, but this time, transferring the data between Arduino and R...

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How John Deere uses R

November 10, 2012
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HT: Revolution Analytics  Very good discussion about real applied econometrics and analytics including the use of ARIMA models, decision trees, and genetic algorithms. He also has a very smart approach in his attitude toward big data and data s...

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Temporal networks with igraph and R (with 20 lines of code!)

November 10, 2012
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In my last post about how a twitter conversation unfolds in time on Twitter, the dynamical nature of information diffusion in twitter was illustrated with a video of the temporal network of interactions (RTs) between accounts. The temporal evolution of … Continue reading →   Related posts: Temporal network of information diffusion...

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R Tips for Quantitative Trading

November 10, 2012
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The article below is an updated version of an article I wrote  for R-Bloggers in August 2010. As a first post I thought it was a good idea to introduce one of the best tool out there for quantitative  trading: R R is a free software environment for statistical computing and graphics. It compiles and

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Secret Santa

November 10, 2012
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On reddit somebody asked For n individuals, what's the probability that the last person to pick during a round of Secret Santa name picking, will pick their own name.. "With each person picking in turn, and re-picking if they pick out th...

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Back-testing Rules

November 10, 2012
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Back-testing Rules

Nowadays there are many trading strategies shared online with reproducible, decent, results. Have you asked yourself, if the strategies are so profitable, why the author bother even sharing them, when the path to riches is clear – just implement the strategy and use it? There are people, of course, who are fascinated and challenged by

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Using R — .Call(“hello”)

November 9, 2012
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This entry is part 10 of 12 in the series Using RIn an introductory post on R APIs to C code, Calling C Code ‘Hello World!’, we explored the .C() function with some ‘Hello World!’ baby steps.  In this post …   read more ...

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Did the sun just explode? The last Dutch Book you’ll ever make

November 9, 2012
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Did the sun just explode? The last Dutch Book you’ll ever make

In today’s XKCD, a pair of (presumably) physicists are told by their neutrino detector that the sun has gone nova. Problem is, the machine rolls two dice and if they both come up six it lies, otherwise it tells the truth. The Frequentist reasons that the probability of obtaining this result if the sun had

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Exploring GAMs with Rosemary Hartman

November 9, 2012
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Exploring GAMs with Rosemary Hartman

Today at Davis R Users’ Group, Rosemary Hartman took us through her work in progress fitting general additive models to organism presence/absence data. Below is her presentation and script. You can get the original script and data here Also, check the comments below for some discussion of other options for this type of analysis, such as...

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Video: How John Deere uses R

November 9, 2012
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Farming equipment manufacturer John Deere uses R, and in yesterday's webinar their manager of forecast analytics, Derek Hoffman, explained what they use it for: In the presentation, Derek gave a spirited argument of why R is critical for John Deere's operations: from forecasting demand for equipment, to forecasting crop yields (they produce forecasts for more than half the world's...

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Consuming R from SAP Mobile Platform

November 9, 2012
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Consuming R from SAP Mobile Platform

Early this year, in March, I was visiting my team mates in SAP Labs Palo Alto, and my good friend a team mate Rui Nogueira asked to participate in his most excellent Technology Innovation Podcast show where we spoke about R and SAP HANA. By the end of ...

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Terrain effects on SUHI estimates

November 9, 2012
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Terrain effects on SUHI estimates

Introduction Zhang and Imhoff (2010)  pdf here utilized NLCD impervious surface area (ISA), Olson biomes, and MODIS Land Surface temperature (LST) to estimate the magnitude of UHI in large cities across the US.  Peng  employed a   similar approach in studying 419 large cities ( population greater than 1m ) around world. Peng’s work suggests a limit or

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Video: Overlay Histogram in R (normal, density, another series)

November 9, 2012
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This video explains how to overlay histogram plots in R for 3 common cases: overlaying a histogram with a normal curve, overlaying a histogram with a density curve, and overlaying a histogram with a second data series plotted on a … Continue reading →Video: Overlay Histogram in R (normal, density, another series) is an article from

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Unbelievable and Amazing R Shiny–Web Parameter Test in 1.5 Hours

November 9, 2012
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Unbelievable and Amazing R Shiny–Web Parameter Test in 1.5 Hours

Life keeps getting better and better.  Yesterday, I discovered the absolutely unbelievable and amazing work RStudio has done with Shiny employing one of my favorite R packages websockets.  As proof of the ease and quality, within a couple of ...

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How Microsoft Can Use Windows 8 to Dominate the Tech Industry

November 9, 2012
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How Microsoft Can Use Windows 8 to Dominate the Tech Industry

Windows 95 transformed the PC software market and established Microsoft as the dominant player.  Can Microsoft do it again?  Can it use the release of Windows 8 to elevate its entire brand image?  More importantly to some of us, can Microsoft use statistical modeling to help it achieve its goal?Of course, the answer depends on what you mean by...

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Interview with Tom Louis – New Chief Scientist at the Census Bureau

November 9, 2012
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Interview with Tom Louis – New Chief Scientist at the Census Bureau

Tom Louis Tom Louis is a professor of Biostatistics at Johns Hopkins and will be joining the Census Bureau through an interagency personnel agreement as the new associate director for research and methodology and chief scientist. Tom has an impressive history of … Continue reading →

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Interactive color picker, using locator()

November 9, 2012
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Interactive color picker, using locator()

I mostly wrote this just to see how locator() works, and ended up making an HCL color picker, so you can make your own visually offensive rainbow color palettes! Or, you can make your own nice color palettes. It is up to you. Essentially, this script...

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