Nested loops with mapply

So as I sink deeper into the second level of R enlightenment, one thing troubled me. "lapply" is fine for looping over a single vector of elements, but it doesn't do a nested loop structure. These tend to be pretty ubiquitous for me. I'm forever doing the same thing to a set of two or three [...]

Querying, parsimony and golden hammers

I love it when things are easy. I love it so much that I'll spend a great deal of time and effort to keep things simple. At the same time, though, I think there's some value in expending effort in pursuit of something. If you want to understand a thing, you have to spend time [...]

Confit de Stanard, Part 1 – The Rant

I'm breaking this up into two parts to isolate the political elements from the purely objective presentation. I'll start off with some very biased comments about the legacy of Stanard's Monte Carlo reserving example. The next post will present that model in R. It's now been over 30 years since Stanard published his famous (to [...]

How to spend an inordinate amount of time becoming efficient

I've spent a good deal of 2012 constructing a data warehouse to manage all the various data elements that my company has. Although we're a small enterprise, the richness and complexity of the information is rather high. Moreover, as a data-driven organization, there's a strong impetus to construct meaningful analysis with every bit of input [...]