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DIY ZeroAccess GeoIP Plots

October 5, 2012
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DIY ZeroAccess GeoIP Plots

Since F-Secure was #spiffy enough to provide us with GeoIP data for mapping the scope of the ZeroAccess botnet, I thought that some aspiring infosec data scientists might want to see how to use something besides Google Maps & Google Earth to view the data. If you look at the CSV file, it’s formatted as

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Scraping pages and downloading files using R

October 1, 2012
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Scraping pages and downloading files using R

I have written a few posts discussing descriptive analyses of evaluation of National Standards for New Zealand primary schools.The data for roughly half of the schools was made available by the media, but the full version of the dataset is … Continue reading →

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m x n matrix with randomly assigned 0/1

August 28, 2012
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m x n matrix with randomly assigned 0/1

Today Scott Chamberlain tweeted asking for a better/faster solution to building an m x n matrix with randomly assigned 0/1. He already had a working version: Now, I’m the first to acknowledge that I’ve never got the ‘apply’ family of … Continue reading →

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read raster data in parallel

August 18, 2012
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read raster data in parallel

Use library(parallel) to read raster data in parallel fashion Use library(parallel) to read raster data in parallel fashion Recently, I have been doing some analysis for a project I am involved in. In particular, I was...

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My New Book: Developing, Deploying and Debugging Multi-Armed Bandit Algorithms

July 28, 2012
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I’m happy to announce that I’ve started writing a new book for O’Reilly, which will focus on teaching readers how to use Multi-Armed Bandit Algorithms to build better websites. My hope is that the book can help web developers build up an intuition for the core conundrum facing anyone who wants to build a successful

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Automatic Hyperparameter Tuning Methods

July 20, 2012
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At MSR this week, we had two very good talks on algorithmic methods for tuning the hyperparameters of machine learning models. Selecting appropriate settings for hyperparameters is a constant problem in machine learning, which is somewhat surprising given how much expertise the machine learning community has in optimization theory. I suspect there’s interesting psychological and

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Outer Product of Character Vectors in R

July 19, 2012
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Outer Product of Character Vectors in R

What follows is like a kata to strengthen your R fundamentals. The lovely stats in the wild recently posted some hott data analysis of Olympians’ ages and sexes. Because I’m annoyingly picky about graphics, I asked for his code so I could ...

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introduction to R: learning by doing (part 2: plots)

July 10, 2012
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introduction to R: learning by doing (part 2: plots)

Lets go one with the second part of learning R by doing R (you will find the first part here. As we have used vectors, matrices and loops in the first part, we will concentrate on graphics in this one. but first we will need data to plot: Sometimes you will need several plots in

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Optimization Functions in Julia

July 9, 2012
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Optimization Functions in Julia

Over the last few weeks, I’ve made a concerted effort to develop a basic suite of optimization algorithms for Julia so that Matlab programmers used to using fminunc() and R programmers used to using optim() can start to transition code over to Julia that requires access to simple optimization algorithms like L-BFGS and the Nelder-Mead

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MatLab, SAS, STATA, SPSS, Excel users: Try R, damn it!

July 2, 2012
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MatLab, SAS, STATA, SPSS, Excel users: Try R, damn it!

Due to my work with a multitude of statistical packages in my career I may be able to evaluate a lot of them. I’ve first used Excel for my calculations as most of the normal users do. I like the idea behind a spreadsheet and the combination of data and click-to-do functions. Nevertheless I’ve often

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