21 R navigation tools

August 17, 2014
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21 R navigation tools

Navigation gets you from where you are to where you want to be. Speaking of navigation, you can jump to selected sections of this post: Navigation; R-bloggers; Task views; Rdocumentation.org; sos package; ??; apropos; ls; methods; getAnywhere; :::; find; args; grep; %in%; str; getwd; file.choose; Spyglass summary; browser; See also. Overview Figure 1: A map […] The post 21 R navigation tools appeared first on Burns Statistics.

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Quicksort speed, just in time compiling and vectorizing

August 17, 2014
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Quicksort speed, just in time compiling and vectorizing

I was reading the Julia documentation the other day. They do speed comparisons to other languages. Obviously R does not come out very well. The R code for quicksort is here and I noticed it was not vectorized at all. So I wondered if it could be improv...

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My courses this fall at Columbia

August 16, 2014
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Stat 6103, Bayesian Data Analysis, TuTh 1-2:30: We’ll be going through the book, section by section. Follow the link to see slides and lecture notes from when I taught this course a couple years ago. This course has a serious workload: each week we have three homework problems, one theoretical, one computational, and one applied. […] The post My courses this fall at Columbia appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal…

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Crowdsourcing resources for the Johns Hopkins Data Science Specialization

August 15, 2014
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Since we began offering the Johns Hopkins Data Science Specialization we've noticed the unbelievable passion that our students have about our courses and the generosity they show toward each other on the course forums. Many students have created quality content around the subjects … Continue reading →

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How to use MCMC posterior as prior for future data

August 15, 2014
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An emailer writes:Dear Prof. Kruschke,Hello. My name is ... and I am ... . I'm trying to apply Bayesian theorem in developing a model of ... . I used your code to estimate posterior distribution without any trouble. Here is my question. Would you ki...

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“Psychohistory” and the hype paradox

August 15, 2014
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“Psychohistory” and the hype paradox

Lee Wilkinson writes: I thought you might be interested in this post. I was asked about this by someone at Skytree and replied with this link to Tyler Vigen’s Spurious Correlations. What’s most interesting about Vigen’s site is not his video (he doesn’t go into the dangers of correlating time series, for example), but his […] The post “Psychohistory” and the hype paradox appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference,…

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Book reviews

August 15, 2014
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I have neglected to acknowledge the good folks who have posted reviews of my books in the last several months. Thank you, readers! *** Tom Peters, the business guru and author of the business classic In Search of Excellence, tweeted about Numbersense: "On my 13-hour Boston-Dubai flight, I re-read cover-2-cover Kaiser Fung's superb-useful-fun book Number Sense". Numbers Rule Your World is #7 on Gregory Ciotti's list of 25 underrated books…

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Dataviz worth your time

August 15, 2014
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Dataviz worth your time

The New York Times Upshot team came up with a dataviz that is worth your time. This is a set of maps that gives a perspective on migration patterns within the US. The metric being portrayed is the birthplace of...

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Early Computing

August 15, 2014
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Early Computing

During a recent visit to Harvard U. I came across this monstrosity thing of beauty in the Science Center - the building where the Dept. of Statistics is housed:It's an "Aiken-IBM Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator - I", and dates from 1944. ...

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Mathematical Statistics Lesson of the Day – Markov’s Inequality

Mathematical Statistics Lesson of the Day – Markov’s Inequality

Markov’s inequality is an elegant and very useful inequality that relates the probability of an event concerning a non-negative random variable, , with the expected value of .  It states that where . I find Markov’s inequality to be beautiful for 2 reasons: It applies to both continuous and discrete random variables. It applies to any non-negative […]

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STEM forums

August 15, 2014
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STEM forums

“I can calculate the movement of stars, but not the madness of men.” Isaac Newton When visiting the exhibition hall at JSM 2014, I spoke with people from STEM forums on the Springer booth. The concept of STEM (why STEM? Nothing to do with STAN! Nor directly with Biology. It stands as the accronym for Science, Technology, […]

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(Some) Spaces available

August 14, 2014
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(Some) Spaces available

Requests for registration to our short course on Bayesian methods in Health Economics are coming in steadily $-$ in fact, we had started advertising quite in advance (the course is in November), but we're nearly booked up.We set a total of 30 part...

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Luck vs. skill in poker

August 14, 2014
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Luck vs. skill in poker

The thread of our recent discussion of quantifying luck vs. skill in sports turned to poker, motivating the present post. 1. Can good poker players really “read” my cards and figure out what’s in my hand? For a couple years in grad school a group of us had a regular Thursday-night poker game, nickel-dime-quarter with […] The post Luck vs. skill in poker appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference,…

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Welcome

August 14, 2014
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Welcome

Junk Charts is made by Kaiser Fung, the Web’s first data visualization critic. I discuss what makes graphics work, and how to make them better. Think chartjunk + junk art. Here is my first post from nine years ago. These...

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Intuition and Data at KeenCON

August 14, 2014
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Intuition and Data at KeenCON

I will be giving a talk “Bayesian statistics as a way to integrate intuition and data” at KeenCon, September 11, 2014 in San Francisco. Update: Use promo code KeenCon-JohnCook to get 75% off registration.

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new laptop with ubuntu 14.04

August 13, 2014
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new laptop with ubuntu 14.04

As I was getting worried about the chances of survival of my current laptop (bought in emergency upon my return from Kyoto!), I decided to use some available grant money to buy a new laptop without stepping through the emergency square. Thanks to my local computer engineer, Thomas, I found a local dealer selling light […]

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swirl and the little data scientist’s predicament

August 13, 2014
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Editor's note: This is a repost of "R and the little data scientist's predicament". A brief idea for an update is presented at the end in italics.  I just read this fascinating post on _why, apparently a bit of a cult hero … Continue reading →

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oneSecond: Printing Every Tweet Created During a Single Second

August 13, 2014
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oneSecond: Printing Every Tweet Created During a Single Second

#oneSecond [philippadrian.com] by graphic design student Philipp Adrian aggregates all the tweets sent at exactly 14:47:36 GMT of 9 November 2012. The 5522 Twitter messages are categorized and ordered in 4 different books. Every user is part of each...

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Davenport on targeted marketing

August 13, 2014
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Tom Davenport is one of the leading voices on business analytics, and he has a new piece titled "Why are most 'targeted' marketing offers so bad?" in which he expanded on a question I raised in my HBR article. Tom's book Competing on Analytics is a classic. He has a great appreciation for the business of the data business. In the new feature, Davenport classifies marketing offers he gets into…

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Updike and O’Hara

August 13, 2014
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I just read this review by Louis Menand of a biography of John Updike. Lots of interesting stuff here, with this, perhaps, being the saddest: When Updike received the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, in 1998, two of [his second wife's] children were present, but his were not invited. Menand’s […] The post Updike and O’Hara appeared first on Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social…

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Guiding numerical integration: The PEAK= option in the SAS/IML QUAD subroutine

August 13, 2014
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Guiding numerical integration: The PEAK= option in the SAS/IML QUAD subroutine

One of the things I enjoy about blogging is that I often learn something new. Last week I wrote about how to optimize a function that is defined in terms of an integral. While developing the program in the article, I made some mistakes that generated SAS/IML error messages. By […]

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Applied Statistics Lesson of the Day – The Coefficient of Variation

Applied Statistics Lesson of the Day – The Coefficient of Variation

In my statistics classes, I learned to use the variance or the standard deviation to measure the variability or dispersion of a data set.  However, consider the following 2 hypothetical cases: the standard deviation for the incomes of households in Canada is $2,000 the standard deviation for the incomes of the 5 major banks in Canada […]

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Visit of Di Cook

August 12, 2014
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Visit of Di Cook

Next week, Professor Di Cook from Iowa State University is visiting my research group at Monash University. Di is a world leader in data visualization, and is especially well-known for her work on interactive graphics and the XGobi and GGobi software. See her book with Deb Swayne for details. For those wanting to hear her speak, read on. Research seminar She will be giving a seminar at 2pm on Monday 18 August at the…

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