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How cold is it? A Bayesian attempt to measure temperature

November 25, 2014
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How cold is it? A Bayesian attempt to measure temperature

It is getting colder in London, yet it is still quite mild considering that it is late November. Well, indoors it still feels like 20°C (68°F) to me, but I have been told last week that I should switch on the heating. Luckily I found an old thermometer to check. The thermometer showed 18°C. Is it really below 20°C? The thermometer is quite old and I'm not sure that is…

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First steps with ChainLadder: Import triangle from Excel into R

November 18, 2014
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First steps with ChainLadder: Import triangle from Excel into R

Taking the first step is often the hardest: getting data from Excel into R. Suppose you would like to use the ChainLadder package to forecast future claims payments for a run-off triangle that you have stored in Excel.How do you get the triangle into R...

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Unknown pleasures

November 11, 2014
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Unknown pleasures

Have I missed unknown pleasures in Python by focusing on R? A comment on my blog post of last week suggested just that. Reason enough to explore Python a little. Learning another computer language is like learning another human language - it takes time...

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Phase plane analysis in R

November 4, 2014
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Phase plane analysis in R

The forthcoming R Journal has an interesting article about phaseR: An R Package for Phase Plane Analysis of Autonomous ODE Systems by Michael J. Grayling. The package has some nice functions to analysis one and two dimensional dynamical systems. As an...

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It is the small data that matters the most

October 28, 2014
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It is the small data that matters the most

Everyone is talking about Big Data1, but it is the small data that is holding everything together. The small slowly changing reference tables are the linchpins. Unfortunately, too often politics gets in the way as those small tables, maintained by huma...

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Approximating the impact of inflation

October 21, 2014
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Approximating the impact of inflation

The other day someone mentioned to me a rule of thumb he was using to estimate the number of years \(n\) it would take for inflation to destroy half of the purchasing power of today's money: \[ n = \frac{70}{p}\] Here \(p\) is the inflation in percent,...

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googleVis 0.5.6 released on CRAN

October 14, 2014
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googleVis 0.5.6 released on CRAN

Version 0.5.6 of googleVis was released on CRAN over the weekend. This version fixes a bug in gvisMotionChart. Its arguments xvar, yvar, sizevar and colorvar were not always picked up correctly. Thanks to Juuso Parkkinen for reporting this issue.Exampl...

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Visualising the seasonality of Atlantic windstorms

October 7, 2014
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Visualising the seasonality of  Atlantic windstorms

Last week Arthur Charpentier sketched out a Markov spatial process to generate hurricane trajectories. Here, I would like to take another look at the data Arthur used, but focus on its time component. According to the Insurance Information Institute, a...

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Running RStudio via Docker in the Cloud

September 30, 2014
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Running RStudio via Docker in the Cloud

Deploying applications via Docker container is the current talk of town. I have heard about Docker and played around with it a little, but when Dirk Eddelbuettel posted his R and Docker talk last Friday I got really excited and had to have a go myself....

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Running RStudio via Docker in the Cloud

September 30, 2014
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Running RStudio via Docker in the Cloud

Deploying applications via Docker container is the current talk of town. I have heard about Docker and played around with it a little, but when Dirk Eddelbuettel posted his R and Docker talk last Friday I got really excited and had to have a go myself....

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