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multiplicitiesoffreedom demonstrates Chaos Theory in Excel. If…

June 29, 2012
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multiplicitiesoffreedom demonstrates Chaos Theory in Excel. If…

multiplicitiesoffreedom demonstrates Chaos Theory in Excel. If he filled in more initial values, you would see a thick bar—like a picture of white-noise. Butterflies flapping their wings in Vermont to change the wind in Hangzhou? A drop of water on ...

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How do I Create the Identity Matrix in R?

June 27, 2012
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How do I Create the Identity Matrix in R?

I googled for this once upon a time and nothing came up. Hopefully this saves someone ten minutes of digging about in the documentation. You make identity matrices with the keyword diag, and the number of dimensions in parentheses. > diag(3) [,...

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How to outrun a crashing alien spaceship

June 11, 2012
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How to outrun a crashing alien spaceship

Hollywood movies are obsessed with outrunning explosions and outrunning crashing alien spaceships. For explosions the movies give the optimal (but unusable) solution: run straight away. For crashing alien spaceships they give the same advice, but in this case it is wrong. We demonstrate the correct angle to flee. Running from a crashing alien spaceship, Prometheus Related posts:

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How Not To Draw a Probability Distribution

March 7, 2012
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How Not To Draw a Probability Distribution

If I google for “probability distribution” I find the following extremely bad picture: It’s bad because it conflates ideas and oversimplifies how variable probability distributions can generally be. Most distributions are not unimodal. Most dist...

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Error Handling in Lyx & Sweave: using Quantmod (and R, of course)

November 8, 2011
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I do reports for clients with LyX and Sweave. It took me an extremely long time to get them working, but now that they’re working I can do more in an hour and thus charge more per hour. If you’re not familiar, here’s a rundown: LaTeX is the stand...

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Prime testing function in R

August 20, 2011
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Prime testing function in R

I was hoping to begin tinkering a bit with the multicore package in R beyond some extremely trivial examples.  Thanks to a combination of R’s dumb quirkiness (for example, being worthless on loops), my poor planning, and general bad programming, my Saturday afternoon tinkering project is ultimately worthless in fulfilling that purpose. I was really

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B*tchin’ six dimensional 6-cube. The rainbow colours and…

July 1, 2011
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B*tchin’ six dimensional 6-cube. The rainbow colours and…

B*tchin’ six dimensional 6-cube. The rainbow colours and glass panes really help this visualisation.  Examples of 6-dimensional things If it’s hard to envision 6 dimensions, consider this: the possible tunings of a guitar constitute a 6-dimensio...

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Happy Pi Day, Now Go Estimate It!

March 14, 2011
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Happy Pi Day, Now Go Estimate It!

As you may know, today is Pi Day, when all good nerds take a moment to thank the geeks of antiquity for their painstaking work in estimating this marvelous mathematical constant. It is also a great opportunity to thank contemporary geeks for the wonders of modern computing, which allow us to estimate pi to near

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Easiest way to start imagining four-dimensional things is by…

January 15, 2011
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Easiest way to start imagining four-dimensional things is by…

Easiest way to start imagining four-dimensional things is by numbering the corners of a 4-cube. First realize that the eight corners of a cube can be numbered “in binary” 000—001–010–100—110–101–011—111. Just like the four corners of ...

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Visualizing Facebook Friends: Eye Candy in R

December 18, 2010
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Visualizing Facebook Friends: Eye Candy in R

Earlier this week I published a data visualization on the Facebook Engineering blog which, to my surprise, has received a lot of media covereage. I’ve received a lot comments about the image, many asking for more details on how I … Continue reading →

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