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A look at Bayesian statistics

September 3, 2012
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A look at Bayesian statistics

An introduction to Bayesian analysis and why you might care. Fight club The subject of statistics is about how to learn.  Given that it is about the unknown, it shouldn’t be surprising that there are deep differences of opinion on how to go about doing it (in spite of the stereotype that statisticians are accountants … Continue reading...

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Optimization

September 2, 2012
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Optimization

Many problems in statistics or machine learning are of the form "find the values of the parameters that minimize some measure of error". But in some cases, constraints are also imposed on the parameters: for instance, that they should sum up to 1, or that at most 10 of them should be non-zero -- this adds a combinatorial layer to the...

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New Attribution Functions for PortfolioAnalytics

September 1, 2012
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New Attribution Functions for PortfolioAnalytics

Another Google Summer of Code (GSoC) project this summer focused on creating functions for doing returns-based performance attribution. I’ve always been a little puzzled about why this functionality wasn’t covered already, but I think that most analysts do this kind of work in Excel. That, of course, has its own perils. But beyond the workflow

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Getting data on your government

September 1, 2012
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Getting data on your government

I created an R package a while back to interact with some APIs that serve up data on what our elected represenatives are up to, including the New York Times Congress API, and the Sunlight Labs API. What kinds of things can you do with govdat? Here ...

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DataGotham

August 21, 2012
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As some of you may know already, I’m co-organizing an upcoming conference called DataGotham that’s taking place in September. To help spread the word about DataGotham, I’m cross-posting the most recent announcement below: We’d like to let you know about DataGotham: a celebration of New York City’s data community! http://datagotham.com This is an event run

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Another comparison of heuristic optimizers

August 20, 2012
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Another comparison of heuristic optimizers

A herd of heuristic algorithms is compared using a portfolio optimization. Previously “A comparison of some heuristic optimization methods” used two simple and tiny portfolio optimization problems to compare a number of optimization functions in the R language. This post expands upon that by using a portfolio optimization problem that is of a realistic size … Continue reading...

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plot.xts is wonderful

August 16, 2012
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plot.xts is wonderful

As mentioned in FOSS Trading post A New plot.xts yesterday “The Google Summer of Code (2012) project to extend xts has produced a very promising new plot.xts function. Michael Weylandt, the project's student, wrote R-SIG-Finance to request impressio...

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A New plot.xts

August 15, 2012
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A New plot.xts

The Google Summer of Code (2012) project to extend xts has produced a very promising new plot.xts function.  Michael Weylandt, the project's student, wrote R-SIG-Finance to request impressions, feedback, and bug reports.  The function is hous...

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Adaptive Asset Allocation

August 13, 2012
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Adaptive Asset Allocation

Today I want to highlight a whitepaper about Adaptive Asset Allocation by Butler, Philbrick and Gordillo and the discussion by David Varadi on the robustness of parameters of the Adaptive Asset Allocation algorithm. In this post I will follow the steps of the Adaptive Asset Allocation paper, and in the next post I will show

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In case you missed it: July 2012 Roundup

August 10, 2012
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In case you missed them, here are some articles from June of particular interest to R users. The Environmental Performance Index website uses R to rank countries by measures like environmental health and ecosystem vitality. A log-linear regression in R predicted the gold-winning Olympic 100m sprint time to be 9.68 seconds (it was actually 9.63 seconds). Some R-related talks...

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