smooth v3.2.0: what’s new?

January 30, 2023 | Ivan Svetunkov

smooth package has reached version 3.2.0 and is now on CRAN. While the version change from 3.1.7 to 3.2.0 looks small, this has introduced several substantial changes and represents a first step in moving to the new C++ code in the core of the functions. In this short post, I will outline the ...
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December 2022: “Top 40” New CRAN Packages

January 29, 2023 | R Views

One hundred sixteen new packages stuck to CRAN in December 2022. Here are my “Top 40” selections in thirteen categories: Computational Methods, Data, Ecology, Epidemiology, Genomics, Machine Learning, Mathematics, Medicine, Networks, Signal Processing, Statistics, Utilities, and Visualization. Computational Methods bgw v0.1.0: Implements the BGW algorithm described by Bunch, Gay and Welsch (1993) which ...
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Snow in Montréal (Canada)

January 29, 2023 | arthur charpentier

Winter started a bit more than one month ago… but we have already experienced many snow storms… there is still a lot snow in gardens and in the streets, I was wondering if it was that unusual, but apparently not. Compared with last year, it is (for the first months ...
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An R function to compute Tumor Mutational Burden (TMB)

January 28, 2023 | fabiomarroni

Tumor mutational (or mutation) burden, TMB, is considered a useful estimation of tumor neoantigenic load ( and a biomarker of sensitivity to immune checkpoint inhibitors ( Computing TMB is relatively easy. Together with a ... [Read more...]

Spaghetti Code Dieting Tips

January 28, 2023 | giles.dickenson.jones

As an independent consultant the majority of my work is about solving novel problems faced by my clients. At a basic level, a client has a question they need answered or a problem they’d like solved and my job is to develop something that meets their needs (given the ...
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latest math stats exam

January 27, 2023 | xi'an

As I finished grading our undergrad math stats exam (in Paris Dauphine) over the weekend, which was very straightforward this year, the more because most questions had already been asked on weekly quizzes or during practicals, some answers stroke me as atypical (but ChatGPT is not to blame!). For instance, ...
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Hello Data Scientists from Germany – eoda is hiring

January 27, 2023 | eoda GmbH

We are hiring: Senior Data Scientist, Data Scientist, Project Manager in Data Science Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and Big Data – these are the buzzwords you hear every day. But for you they are more than just buzzwords? You are familiar with the methods, technologies and working methods behind them, know ...
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Has your knowledge stopped updating?

January 27, 2023 | nsaunders

Some years ago I read an article – I forget where – describing how our general knowledge often becomes frozen in time. Asked to name the tallest building in the world you confidently proclaim “the Sears Tower!”, because for most of your childhood that was the case – never mind that the record ... [Read more...]

Updating Style Guide

January 26, 2023 | Avi

After much deliberation, I have updated my personal R code style guide to no longer mandate functions begin with uppercase letters. While I still feel there is value in being able immediately differentiate functions from variables, too much of base R does not follow that convention and one loses more ...
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