Revisiting the GOP Race with the Huff Post API and pollstR

November 7, 2012 | pssguy

Well, one election is over but it is never too soon to start another – or in this case revisit the past four years One day after the 2008 US Presidential election, there was a Rasmussen poll taken of 1000 likely voters asking for their choice for the 2012 Republican Presedential Candidate. The overwhelming ... [Read more...]

In case you missed it: October 2012 Roundup

November 7, 2012 | David Smith

In case you missed them, here are some articles from October of particular interest to R users. Sponsorships for local R user groups from Revolution Analytics are now open to applicants worldwide. During the landfall of Hurricane Sandy in the US, several R-based apps used public weather and social media ... [Read more...]

Cash–Opportunity Lost or Opportunity Gained

November 7, 2012 | klr

Tom Brakke from http://researchpuzzle.com/ wrote a great thought piece Cash as Trash, Cash as King, and Cash as a Weapon for the CFA Institute blog.  My favorite part comes in the last paragraph: “That’s the kind of analysis that should be br...
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Project Euler — problem 22

November 7, 2012 | Tony

Just had my supper. Stomach is full of stewed beef and potato.  I’d like to solve the 22nd Euler problem before tonight work (right, I’ll work late in my office). Using names.txt (right click and ‘Save Link/Target As…’), a 46K text file containing over … Continue reading → [Read more...]

Simulating Multiple Asset Paths in R

November 5, 2012 | systematicinvestor

I recently came across the Optimal Rebalancing Strategy Using Dynamic Programming for Institutional Portfolios by W. Sun, A. Fan, L. Chen, T. Schouwenaars, M. Albota paper that examines the cost of different rebablancing methods. For example, one might use calendar rebalancing: i.e. rebalance every month / quarter / year. Or one ... [Read more...]

Another look at ideology of the US congress

November 5, 2012 | David Smith

In response to last week's post on the rapidly increasing ideology of the US Republican Party, Mike Lawrence suggested another way of looking at the DW-NOMINATE ideology data. Rather than simply looking at boxplots of the congress scores by party over time, we could fit a smooth curve to get ... [Read more...]

Project Euler — problem 21

November 3, 2012 | Tony

It’s been over one month since my last post on Euler problem 20, when  I was planning to post at least one on either Euler project or visualization. So I am four posts behind; I’ll try to catch up. Tonight, I’ll solve the 21st Euler … Continue reading → [Read more...]

Slides and replay for "The Rise of Data Science"

November 2, 2012 | David Smith

I had a great time presenting my new webinar yesterday, thanks to everyone who attended "The Rise of Data Science in the Age of Big Data Analytics" and especially those who submitted questions. Sorry I didn't have time to get to them all, but feel free to ask here in ... [Read more...]

Mapping Capabilities in R

November 2, 2012 | Wesley

From time-to-time creating a basic map of the United States or other parts of the world to complement some statistical analysis is useful to emphasize a point. The maps package in R provide a good way to produce these these maps.  These maps axes are based on latitude and longitude ... [Read more...]

Watch Obama and Romney criss-cross the US

November 1, 2012 | David Smith

The Washington Post has an interactive graphic showing the rate at which the US presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney have visited the various states for campaign rallies and fundraisers. Here's how it looks today: You can clearly see the focus on key swing states like Florida and Ohio, ... [Read more...]

R in the Press

November 1, 2012 | Pairach

Here is the list of press reports and news about R Bits (A bog under The New York Times) R you ready for R? by Ashlee Vance Published: January 8, 2009, 1:52 PM The New York Times Data Analysts Captivated by R’s Power by Ashlee Vance Published: January 6, 2009  InfoWorld The BI battle ... [Read more...]

Regime Detection

October 31, 2012 | systematicinvestor

Regime Detection comes handy when you are trying to decide which strategy to deploy. For example there are periods (regimes) when Trend Following strategies work better and there are periods when Mean Reversion strategies work better. Today I want to show you one way to detect market Regimes. To detect ... [Read more...]

More data apps spawned by Sandy

October 31, 2012 | David Smith

As the clean-up continues on the eastern seaboard, I wanted to follow up on Monday's post on tracking Hurricane Sandy with Open Data with a couple of other R-based data applications spawned by the storm. Josef Fruehwald created an R script to tap into local weather sensors to keep track ... [Read more...]

visit to ISU

October 30, 2012 | xi'an

  A short visit to ISU but and therefore a busy and proftable day! About ten appointments in Snedecor Hall after a nice morning run, a highly attended Zyskind Lecture, and many interesting discussions all over the day: e.g., I had a great time discussing using null recurrent Markov chains ... [Read more...]

Tracking Hurricane Sandy with Open Data and R

October 29, 2012 | David Smith

Hurricane Sandy is shaping up to be a major, and very dangerous, meteorological event for the US's East coast. Naturally, everyone is looking for the latest information and forecasts. Fortunately, the wealth of public meteorological data available on the open web, combined with real-time on-the-ground updates via social media, means ... [Read more...]
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