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November 30, 2004

sconsig's SAS tips

SAS Consultants' Special Interest Group (sconsig)'s SAS tips,
a sample of SAS-L, SUGI, and support.sas.com.

November 29, 2004

SAS doc

SAS docs 9.1.2 (Official version)

OK State SAS documentation.
Queens' SAS documentation.
Topics in SAS Programming [UNC]

November 28, 2004

AutoBlogging Friday: Subaru Re1

AutoBlogging Friday compared dreamy showcars vs dreary their
production descendants.

Case in point: the Subaru Re1.

November 27, 2004

Toll Roads News

Toll Roads News. News about toll roads. World-wide.

Covers toll highways, parkways, bridges, tunnels, and truckways.
Recently, topics include Bston's Big Dig / Big Siv, Chicago Skyway,
and Toronto's 407ETR.

November 26, 2004

Liberal Oasis

Liberal Oasis is a hand-edited (not an RSS automaton) portal of what's hot and
recent in the liberal - left - democrat websphere.

November 25, 2004

r project for statistical computing

The r project for statistical computing is an open source companion
to S, S-Plus, successor to XLispStat, and

Whereas SAS and SPSS will give copious output from a regression
or discriminant analysis, R will give minimal output and store the
results in a fit object for subsequent interrogation by further R

manuals [HTML]
Sample R session

R is an integrated suite of software facilities for data
manipulation, calculation and graphical display. Among
other things it has

* an effective data handling and storage facility,

* a suite of operators for calculations on arrays,
in particular matrices,

* a large, coherent, integrated collection of intermediate
tools for data analysis.

* graphical facilities for data analysis and display
either directly at the computer or on hardcopy.

* a well developed, simple and effective programming
language (called `S') which includes conditionals,
loops, user defined recursive functions and input
and output facilities. (Indeed most of the system
supplied functions are themselves written in the
S language.)

November 24, 2004

PRMIA Member Survey 2004

Professional Risk Managers International Association (PRMIA)'s Member
Survey 2004

November 23, 2004

John Tierney

Word in the Washington bureau is that John Tierney, a veteran
journalist who worked for the Washington Star, is in position to write
a column from Washington. A reporter for most of his career, he has
written a regional column about New York. He is no doctrinaire
conservative, perhaps a libertarian, but he has taken muckraking
positions on many issues.

* see last para. As seen in the American Prospect (via Dynamist)

Battle Little Yellow: Suzanne Whang vs Ernie

LYD Better ? Suzanne Whang vs Ernie

November 22, 2004

Tim Blair / Spleenville

Tim Blair / Spleenville, lively and colourfull blogger from Australia has a new blog.


"I am proud to say I used my position as a teacher educator to
influence the content of social science curricula and to champion peace
and environmental education in schools as well as more democratic school
environments and teaching practices." -- Greens candidate for Lord Mayor
of Brisbane Drew Hutton reveals why so many parents are removing their
children from the state system.

November 21, 2004

Tim Lee / binarybits

Tim Lee / binarybits, free marketer sometimes politial blog.

November 20, 2004

scholar.google.com searches refereed publications

scholar.google.com searches refereed publications.
Sample search mortgage prepayment modlleing.

November 19, 2004

The American Prospect & Matthew Yglesias's Tapped.

The American Prospect (mostly Matthew Yglesias)'s Tapped.
Leftish news and mostly logical commentary.


November 18, 2004

The Left Coaster

The Left Coaster. A liberal blog
with more thinking than linking.

November 17, 2004

Blue state Sprocketers dream of seceding.

When not dreaming of fleeing to Canada, Blue State Sprocketers dream of seceding.

November 16, 2004

Montreal weblog

Montreal weblog.

Mathematica 5.1

Mathematica 5.1 is coming real soon.

ArrayPlot for flexible large-scale array visualization.
Integrates over regions:

* Regions defined by multivariate polynomial inequalities
* Problems over transcendental regions (where solvable)
* Integrable regions involving infinite ranges
* Undefined parameters in the region specification (solutions are
generated for all possible values)

EquationTrekker explores and interacting with the solutions of ordinary
differential equations (ODEs) is included with Mathematica 5.1.
Among other capabilities, it provides an easy way to investigate
dynamical systems properties, phase spaces, and Poincaré sections.

See also comp.soft-sys.math.mathematica Mathematica
newsgroup at googlegroups.

November 15, 2004

picture voting today

Picture voting today [via Justin.]

See also voting booth gallery.

November 14, 2004

Gubenator 2008 ?

The US amends the federal constitution every 8 to 11 years,
it it that time again ? Arnold & Jen in 2008 ?

Article 2, Section 1, Clause 5 of the United States Constitution:

"No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United
States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be
eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be
eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of
thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the
United States."

We think it's time for a change.

Arnold is California Gubernator Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Jen is Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm.

November 13, 2004

Provigil test drive

Better waking through chemistry [salon]

An overextended, overmedicated insomniac turns to
Provigil, the skyrocketingly popular pill that's
been a godsend for the narcoleptic, the jet-lagged and the
just plain dog-tired.

Thomas Edison began to mass-manufacture an inexpensive
carbon light bulb, and families could keep their homes
lit longer, for cheaper. "Edison thought people used
darkness as an excuse to be lazy and unproductive,"
says Dr. Stanley Coren, a sleep expert and psychology
professor at the University of British Columbia in
Vancouver. "Since then, as a society we have been
constantly sleep deprived." In 1913, the average
person enjoyed a whopping, wonderful nine and a half
hours of sleep -- the ideal, according to Coren. Now
most of us get seven and a half, tops.

Even though Cephalon does not have approval to market
the drug for any use besides narcolepsy, physicians have
been prescribing Provigil for fatigue (as well as
depression), finding that it peps up people without the
side effects of stimulants such as Ritalin, Dexedrine
and Adderall. As it doesn't give you an instant high,
and can't be chopped up and snorted like Oxycontin.

See also the online repository of drug information, the
Vaults of Erowid, which offers information on illegal and
legal drugs, as well as the Experience Vaults, which are
like the Amazon.com customer reviews of drugs, but are
much more entertaining.


Autoblog's Mini Cooper.

November 12, 2004

New Partnews for New Urbanism

New Partnews for New Urbanism have a nice conference in Miami.

November 11, 2004

Rennwerks German car tuning in Silicon Valley

Rennwerks is a German car tuner in Silicon Valley, and builder of winning racecars.

November 10, 2004

Jakob says usable Bush wins election

Jakob says usable Bush wins election [via Kos]

NB. not www.georgewbush.org.

November 9, 2004

Signal vs Noise (aka SVN)

37signals' Signals vs Noise blog fora.

Web design, and designers' culture.
Smart interaction design. Channel svn.

November 8, 2004

Vancouver news

Vancouver (Canada) news from the _Sun_.

November 7, 2004


samizdata, libertarian leaning.

What makes dictators dictators is not that they
don't believe in the power of the majority but
that they don't believe in the rights of the individual.

November 6, 2004

Belgravia Dispatch

Belgravia Dispatch, longer articles, internationally minded.

November 5, 2004

Daniel Drezner

Daniel Drezner, political theory and longer posts, and the
restful life of an academic.

November 4, 2004

Canadian Ally

Canada is an ally in the War on Terror.

November 3, 2004


Gothamist is Jan Chung's upbeat, conformist blog about
how to spend small sums of money in Manhattan.
Shop ! Eat ! Drink ! Blog ! Photoblog!

Like a Sears catalogue for the Sex and the City folk.

November 2, 2004

Averaged Poll predicts undecideds for Kerry

election.princeton by Sam Wang averages all polls, fits a trend, and
predicts Kerry will win.

Monday, 2004 November 01, 12:00PM noon Eastern time

Median outcome, decided voters:
Kerry 252 EV, Bush 286 EV (±40 EV MoE)

Popular Meta-Margin among decided voters:
Bush leads Kerry by 0.9%

Predicted median with undecideds:
Kerry 280 EV, Bush 258 EV

Electoral prediction with undecideds and turnout:
Kerry 323 EV, Bush 215 EV

Popular vote prediction with undecideds and turnout:
Kerry 50%, Bush 48%, Nader/other 2%

November 1, 2004

Tradesports' 2004 US Presidential election hourly data

Tradesports' 2004 US Presidential election hourly data.

Kerry +2.5 % on 2004 Nov 01 !