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The long tail of the internet

On a whim, I took the all time stats of my blog posts (more than 1000 posts) , and tried to plot their distribution.

Basically I copied and pasted all the data in a Google docs spreadsheet. and I created dummy codes (like URL1, URL2…. URL 500)

Next I  downloaded the….

I wasnt in the mood for downloading and uploading stuff so I decided to use GGPLOT using Jeroen’s Application at http://www.stat.ucla.edu/~jeroen/

I used the mirror server that Dataspora provides as I have had latency issues with Jeroen’s website.

I got this error while trying to connect the Dataspora App to my Google spreadsheet

The page you have requested cannot be displayed. Another site was requesting access to your Google Account, but sent a malformed request. Please contact the site that you were trying to use when you received this message to inform them of the error. A detailed error message follows:

The site “http://dataspora.com” has not been registered.

Oh dear! Back to Jeroen’s /UCLA’s page.

http://rweb.stat.ucla.edu/ggplot2/

I get this warning but it still manages to log in

This website has not registered with Google to establish a secure connection for authorization requests. We recommend that you continue the process only if you trust the following destination:

http://rweb.stat.ucla.edu/R/googleLogin?domain=rweb.stat.ucla.edu

wow it works! thats cloud computing now so I wonder why Google and Amazon continue to ignore the rApache, and Jeroen’s cloud app . Surely their Google Fusion Tables can be always improved or tweaked. Not to mention the next gen version of R which will have its own server

Pretty cool screenshot (but click to see more)

I get the following pretty graph. Hadley Wickham would be ashamed of me by now.

What went wrong- well one page has 36000 views . Scale is the key to graphical coherence . So I redo- delete home page in Google spreadsheet ,reimport replot. ( I didnt know how to modify data in the cloud app, maybe we need a cloud PlyR) I redo it again as I have a big outlier-The top 10 Statistical GUI article which ironically has only 5 GUIs in that article but hush dont tell to high quality search engine)

So again Belatedly I discover something called layer in ggplot.

Base Graphics engine has really spoilt me to write short functions for plots.

I give up. I rather prefer hist() I go to my favorite GUI Rattle, but it has some dating issues with the dll of GTK+

So I go to John Fox’s simple GUI. R Commander- is the best GUI if you use Occam’s Razor, and I am using Occam’s Chainsaw now.

I get the analysis I want in 12 secs


Summary- GGPLot is more complicated than base graphics engine.

Deducer GUI is not as simple too

R Commander is the best GUI because it retains simplicity

Ignore long tail of internet only at your peril

Almost 2/3 rds of my daily traffic of 400+ comes from old archived content That is why Search Engine Optimization and Alerts for Keywords are CRITICAL for any poor soul trying to write on a blog (which has no journal like prestige nor rewards)

If you make life easier for the search engine, it being a fair chap, rewards you well

Existing web traffic estimates like Comscore and Google Trends ignore this long tail

Comments are welcome (Data is pasted below of 500 rows X 2 columns if you can come up with a better analysis)

Since SAS has ignored web analytics and Google Analytics is hmm hmm,  this could be an area of opportunity for R developers as well to create a web analytics package.

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Interviews with R Community

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Authors

Interview Luis Torgo Author Data Mining with R

http://decisionstats.com/2011/01/12/interview-luis-torgo-author-data-mining-with-r/

John Fox, R Commander

http://decisionstats.com/2009/09/14/interview-professor-john-fox-creator-r-commander/

Interview Dr Graham Williams RATTLE GUI

http://decisionstats.com/2009/01/13/interview-dr-graham-williams/

Hadley Wickham

http://decisionstats.com/2010/01/12/interview-hadley-wickham-r-project-data-visualization-guru/

R for SAS and SPSS Users

http://decisionstats.com/2009/01/21/r-for-sas-and-spss-users-2/

R for Stata Users

http://decisionstats.com/2010/06/29/interview-r-for-stata-users/

R Consulting

Interview David Katz ,Dataspora /David Katz Consulting

http://decisionstats.com/2011/02/11/interview-david-katz-dataspora-david-katz-consulting/

Case Study

(http://www.predictiveanalyticsworld.com/sanfrancisco/2011/agenda.php#day2-16a)

Room: Salon 5 & 6
4:45pm – 5:05pm

Track 2: Social Data and Telecom 
Case Study: Major North American Telecom
Social Networking Data for Churn Analysis

A North American Telecom found that it had a window into social contacts – who has been calling whom on its network. This data proved to be predictive of churn. Using SQL, and GAM in R, we explored how to use this data to improve the identification of likely churners. We will present many dimensions of the lessons learned on this engagement.

Speaker: David Katz, Senior Analyst, Dataspora, and President, David Katz Consulting

Q&A with David Smith, Revolution Analytics

http://decisionstats.com/2010/08/03/q-a-with-david-smith-revolution-analytics/

Inference for R

http://decisionstats.com/2009/06/04/inference-for-r/

David Smith Revolution Computing

http://decisionstats.com/2009/05/29/interview-david-smith-revolution-computing/

Richard Schultz Revolution Computing

http://decisionstats.com/2009/01/31/interviewrichard-schultz-ceo-revolution-computing/

Karime Chine, Elastic R

http://decisionstats.com/2009/06/21/interview-karim-chine-biocep-cloud-computing-with-r/

Chapman/Hall announces new series on R

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R Authors get more choice and variety now-
http://www.mail-archive.com/r-help@r-project.org/msg122965.html
We are pleased to announce the launch of a new series of books on R. 

Chapman & Hall/CRC: The R Series

Aims and Scope
This book series reflects the recent rapid growth in the development and 
application of R, the programming language and software environment for 
statistical computing and graphics. R is now widely used in academic research, 
education, and industry. It is constantly growing, with new versions of the 
core software released regularly and more than 2,600 packages available. It is 
difficult for the documentation to keep pace with the expansion of the 
software, and this vital book series provides a forum for the publication of 
books covering many aspects of the development and application of R.

The scope of the series is wide, covering three main threads:
• Applications of R to specific disciplines such as biology, epidemiology, 
genetics, engineering, finance, and the social sciences.
• Using R for the study of topics of statistical methodology, such as linear 
and mixed modeling, time series, Bayesian methods, and missing data.
• The development of R, including programming, building packages, and graphics.

The books will appeal to programmers and developers of R software, as well as 
applied statisticians and data analysts in many fields. The books will feature 
detailed worked examples and R code fully integrated into the text, ensuring 
their usefulness to researchers, practitioners and students.

Series Editors
John M. Chambers (Department of Statistics, Stanford University, USA; 
j...@stat.stanford.edu)
Torsten Hothorn (Institut für Statistik, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, 
München, Germany; torsten.hoth...@stat.uni-muenchen.de)
Duncan Temple Lang (Department of Statistics, University of California, Davis, 
USA; dun...@wald.ucdavis.edu)
Hadley Wickham (Department of Statistics, Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA; 
had...@rice.edu)

Call for Proposals
We are interested in books covering all aspects of the development and 
application of R software. If you have an idea for a book, please contact one 
of the series editors above or one of the Chapman & Hall/CRC statistics 
acquisitions editors below. Please provide brief details of topic, audience, 
aims and scope, and include an outline if possible.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,Rob Calver (rob.cal...@informa.com)
David Grubbs (david.gru...@taylorandfrancis.com)
John Kimmel (john.kim...@taylorandfrancis.com)

 

R Journal Dec 2010 and R for Business Analytics

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I almost missed out on the R Journal for this month- great reading,

and I liked Dr Hadley’s article on stringr package the best. Really really useful package and nice writing too

http://journal.r-project.org/archive/2010-2/RJournal_2010-2_Wickham.pdf

(incidentally I just downloaded a local copy of his ggplot website at http://had.co.nz/ggplot2/ggplot-static.zip

I aim to really read that one up

Okay, announcement time

I just signed a contract with Springer for a book on R, some what in first half of 2011

” R for Business Analytics

its going to be a more business analytics than a stats perspective ( I am a MBA /Mech Engineer)

and use cases would be business analytics cases. Do write to me if you need help doing some analytics in R (business use cases)- or want something featured. Big focus would be on GUI and easier analytics, using the Einsteinian principle to make things as simple as possible but no simpler)

The Year 2010

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My annual traffic to this blog was almost 99,000 . Add in additional views on networking sites plus the 400 plus RSS readers- so I can say traffic was 1,20,000 for 2010. Nice. Thanks for reading and hope it was worth your time. (this is a long post and will take almost 440 secs to read but the summary is just given)

My intent is either to inform you, give something useful or atleast something interesting.

see below-

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
2010 6,311 4,701 4,922 5,463 6,493 4,271
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total
5,041 5,403 17,913 16,430 11,723 10,096 98,767

 

 

Sandro Saita from http://www.dataminingblog.com/ just named me for an award on his blog (but my surname is ohRi , Sandro left me without an R- What would I be without R :)) ).

Aw! I am touched. Google for “Data Mining Blog” and Sandro is the best that it is in data mining writing.

DMR People Award 2010
There are a lot of active people in the field of data mining. You can discuss with them on forums. You can read their blogs. You can also meet them in events such as PAW or KDD. Among the people I follow on a regular basis, I have elected:

Ajay Ori

He has been very active in 2010, especially on his blog . Good work Ajay and continue sharing your experience with us!”

What did I write in 2010- stuff.

What did you read on this blog- well thats the top posts list.

2009-12-31 to Today

Title Views
Home page More stats 21,150
Top 10 Graphical User Interfaces in Statistical Software More stats 6,237
Wealth = function (numeracy, memory recall) More stats 2,014
Matlab-Mathematica-R and GPU Computing More stats 1,946
The Top Statistical Softwares (GUI) More stats 1,405
About DecisionStats More stats 1,352
Using Facebook Analytics (Updated) More stats 1,313
Test drive a Chrome notebook. More stats 1,170
Top ten RRReasons R is bad for you ? More stats 1,157
Libre Office More stats 1,151
Interview Hadley Wickham R Project Data Visualization Guru More stats 1,007
Using Red R- R with a Visual Interface More stats 854
SAS Institute files first lawsuit against WPS- Episode 1 More stats 790
Interview Professor John Fox Creator R Commander More stats 764
R Package Creating More stats 754
Windows Azure vs Amazon EC2 (and Google Storage) More stats 726
Norman Nie: R GUI and More More stats 716
Startups for Geeks More stats 682
Google Maps – Jet Ski across Pacific Ocean More stats 670
Not so AWkward after all: R GUI RKWard More stats 579
Red R 1.8- Pretty GUI More stats 570
Parallel Programming using R in Windows More stats 569
R is an epic fail or is it just overhyped More stats 559
Enterprise Linux rises rapidly:New Report More stats 537
Rapid Miner- R Extension More stats 518
Creating a Blog Aggregator for free More stats 504
So which software is the best analytical software? Sigh- It depends More stats 473
Revolution R for Linux More stats 465
John Sall sets JMP 9 free to tango with R More stats 460

So how do people come here -

well I guess I owe Tal G for almost 9000 views ( incidentally I withdrew posting my blog from R- Bloggers and Analyticbridge blogs – due to SEO keyword reasons and some spam I was getting see (below))

http://r-bloggers.com is still the CAT’s whiskers and I read it  a lot.

I still dont know who linked my blog to a free sex movie site with 400 views but I have a few suspects.

2009-12-31 to Today

Referrer Views
r-bloggers.com 9,131
Reddit 3,829
rattle.togaware.com 1,500
Twitter 1,254
Google Reader 1,215
linkedin.com 717
freesexmovie.irwanaf.com 422
analyticbridge.com 341
Google 327
coolavenues.com 322
Facebook 317
kdnuggets.com 298
dataminingblog.com 278
en.wordpress.com 185
google.co.in 151
xianblog.wordpress.com 130
inside-r.org 124
decisionstats.com 119
ifreestores.com 117
bits.blogs.nytimes.com 108

-

Still reading this post- gosh let me sell you some advertising. It is only $100 a month (yes its a recession)

Advertisers are treated on First in -Last out (FILO)

I have been told I am obsessed with SEO , but I dont care much for search engines apart from Google, and yes SEO is an interesting science (they should really re name it GEO or Google Engine Optimization)

Apparently Hadley Wickham and Donald Farmer are big keywords for me so I should be more respectful I guess.

Search Terms for 365 days ending 2010-12-31 (Summarized)

2009-12-31 to Today

Search Views
libre office 925
facebook analytics 798
test drive a chrome notebook 467
test drive a chrome notebook. 215
r gui 203
data mining 163
wps sas lawsuit 158
wordle.net 133
wps sas 123
google maps jet ski 123
test drive chrome notebook 96
sas wps 89
sas wps lawsuit 85
chrome notebook test drive 83
decision stats 83
best statistics software 74
hadley wickham 72
google maps jetski 72
libreoffice 70
doug savage 65
hive tutorial 58
funny india 56
spss certification 52
donald farmer microsoft 51
best statistical software 49

What about outgoing links? Apparently I need to find a way to ask Google to pay me for the free advertising I gave their chrome notebook launch. But since their search engine and browser is free to me, guess we are even steven.

Clicks for 365 days ending 2010-12-31 (Summarized)

2009-12-31 to Today

URL Clicks
rattle.togaware.com 378
facebook.com/Decisionstats 355
rapid-i.com/content/view/182/196 319
services.google.com/fb/forms/cr48basic 313
red-r.org 228
decisionstats.wordpress.com/2010/05/07/the-top-statistical-softwares-gui 199
teamwpc.co.uk/products/wps 162
r4stats.com/popularity 148
r-statistics.com/2010/04/r-and-the-google-summer-of-code-2010-accepted-students-and-projects 138
socserv.mcmaster.ca/jfox/Misc/Rcmdr 138
spss.com/certification 116
learnr.wordpress.com 114
dudeofdata.com/decisionstats 108
r-project.org 107
documentfoundation.org/faq 104
goo.gl/maps/UISY 100
inside-r.org/download 96
en.wikibooks.org/wiki/R_Programming 92
nytimes.com/external/readwriteweb/2010/12/07/07readwriteweb-report-google-offering-chrome-notebook-test-11919.html 92
sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/rkward/index.php?title=Main_Page 92
analyticdroid.togaware.com 88
yeroon.net/ggplot2 87

so in 2010,

SAS remained top daddy in business analytics,

R made revolutionary strides in terms of new packages,

JMP  launched a new version,

SPSS got integrated with Cognos,

Oracle sued Google and did build a great Data Mining GUI,

Libre Office gave you a non Oracle Open office ( or open even more office)

2011 looks like  a fun year. Have safe partying .

Who searches for this Blog?

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Using WP- Stats I set about answering this question-

What search keywords lead here-

Clearly Michael Jackson is down this year

And R GUI, Data Mining is up.

How does that affect my writing- given I get almost 250 visitors by search engines alone daily- assume I write nothing on this blog from now on.

It doesnt- I still write what ever code or poem that comes to my mind. So it is hurtful people misunderstimate the effort in writing and jump to conclusions (esp if I write about a company- I am not on payroll of that company- just like if  I write about a poem- I am not a full time poet)

Over to xkcd

All Time (for Decisionstats.Wordpress.com)

Search Views
libre office 818
facebook analytics 806
michael jackson history 240
wps sas lawsuit 180
r gui 168
wps sas 154
wordle.net 118
sas wps 116
decision stats 110
sas wps lawsuit 100
google maps jet ski 94
data mining 88
doug savage 72
hive tutorial 63
spss certification 63
hadley wickham 63
google maps jetski 62
sas sues wps 60
decisionstats 58
donald farmer microsoft 45
libreoffice 44
wps statistics 44
best statistics software 42
r gui ubuntu 41
rstat 37
tamilnadu advanced technical training institute tatti 37

YTD

2009-11-24 to Today

Search Views
libre office 818
facebook analytics 781
wps sas lawsuit 170
r gui 164
wps sas 125
wordle.net 118
sas wps 101
sas wps lawsuit 95
google maps jet ski 94
data mining 86
decision stats 82
doug savage 63
hadley wickham 63
google maps jetski 62
hive tutorial 56
donald farmer microsoft 45

Top R Interviews

 

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Here is a list of the Top R Related Interviews I have done (in random order)-

1) John Fox , Creator of R Commander

http://decisionstats.com/2009/09/14/interview-professor-john-fox-creator-r-commander/

2) Dr Graham Williams, Creator of Rattle

http://decisionstats.com/2009/01/13/interview-dr-graham-williams/

3) David Smith, back when he was community Director of then Revolution Computing.

http://decisionstats.com/2009/05/29/interview-david-smith-revolution-computing/

and his second interview

http://decisionstats.com/2010/08/03/q-a-with-david-smith-revolution-analytics/

4) Robert Schultz, the first CEO of Revolution Computing (now Analytics)

http://decisionstats.com/2009/01/31/interviewrichard-schultz-ceo-revolution-computing/

5) Bob  Muenchen, author of R for SAS and SPSS users AND R for Stata users

http://decisionstats.com/2010/06/29/interview-r-for-stata-users/

http://decisionstats.com/2008/10/16/r-for-sas-and-spss-users/

6) Karim Chine, creator Biocep, Cloud Computing for R

http://decisionstats.com/2009/06/21/interview-karim-chine-biocep-cloud-computing-with-r/

7) Paul van Eikeran, Inference for R,the first enterprise package to use R from within MS Office.

http://decisionstats.com/2009/06/04/inference-for-r/

8) Hadley Wickham, creator GGPlot and R Author

http://decisionstats.com/2010/01/12/interview-hadley-wickham-r-project-data-visualization-guru/

Thats a lot of R interviews- I need to balance them out a bit I guess.

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