Wednesday, July 30, 2008

My home page

Here is my new home page, hosted at CCPR:

Semi-automatic table making

Both Stata and R have nice table making facilities, but aML is still lacking this. Here is how I convert aML outputs into Word tables.
  1. Estimate aML models;
  2. Use "maktab" facilities to put different models into one output;
  3. Copy and paste the results into a text file;
  4. Use Excel to read in the file;
  5. Copy and paste the Excel worksheet into Word;
  6. Edit the Word manually from there.
When I have time, I may write a python script to automate this process; but for now, this seems to work reasonably well.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Another fun article about Linux virus

Friday, July 18, 2008


Firefox is my browser of choice, and camifox is my favorite firefox theme:

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Idiot-proof vs. idiot

I like this sentence: "Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot- proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning."


Thursday, July 10, 2008

Komodo Edit is a real deal

Komodo Edit is a free open-source and cross-platform editor geared toward programmers. So far, it is the closest thing to the Windows-only UltraEdit or Vedit in the free Linux world. It is very configurable, and unlike Emacs, it does not require one to know Lisp.

I have been using it for several days, and just found myself doing all my texting editing, R, Stata, aML, Python, in it. Wow...

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

SciViews-K so far so good

SciViews-K integrates Komodo Edit, R, and SciViews to create a comfortable work environment for R users. I tested it in both Windows and Linux and it works well so far. Also, it works with JGR. The powerful editing capability of Komodo Edit and nice object brower of JGR should make a good combination.