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Function of the day

Construct the path to a file from components in a platform-independent way.

Package of the day

This package implements a data structure similar to hashes in Perl and dictionaries in Python but with a purposefully R flavor. For objects of appreciable size, access using hashes outperforms native named lists and vectors.

Question of the day

On general request, a community wiki on producing latex tables in R. In this post I'll give an overview of the most commonly used packages and blogs with code for producing latex tables from less straight-forward objects. Please feel free to add any I missed, and/or give tips, hints and little tricks on how to produce nicely formatted latex tables with R.

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3 hours 38 min ago
The New York Times published an article of interest to statisticians the other day: "The Odds, Continually Updated". Surprisingly for a general-audience newspaper, this article goes into the the distinctions between Bayesian and frequentist statistics, and does so in a very approachable way. Here's an excerpt:
1 day 9 hours ago
The following post by Norm Matloff originally appeared on his blog, Mad(Data)Scientist, on September 15th. We rarely republish posts that have appeared on other blogs, however, the questions that Norm raises both with respect to the teaching of statistics, and his assertion that "R's statistical procedures are centered far too much on significance testing" deserve a second look. Moreover, Norm's post elicited quite a few comments, many of which are at a high level of discourse.
2 days 3 hours ago
Hadley Wickham's dplyr package is a great toolkit for getting data ready for analysis in R. If you haven't yet taken the plunge to using dplyr, Kevin Markham has put together a great hands-on video tutorial for his Data School blog, which you can see below.

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The following list of data sources has been modified as of 3/18/14. Most of the data sets listed below are free, however, some are not.