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Jack Davis Andrew Henrey FROM N00B TO PRO

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PURPOSE Create a simulator from scratch that: Generates data from a variety of distributions Makes a response variable from a known function of the data (plus an error term) Constructs a linear model that estimates the coefficients of the function Repeats generation and modeling many times to compare the average estimates of the linear model to the known parameters. Package the whole thing nicely into a function that we can call in a single line in later work. If you’re experienced, the commands themselves may seem trivial

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OUTLINE 1) Learning how to learn 2) Randomly Generating Data 3) Data Frames and Manipulation 4) Linear Models BREAK – Quality of presenter improves 5) Running loops 6) Function Definition 7) More advanced function topics 8) Using functions 9) A short simulation study

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LEARNING HOW TO LEARN – JACK DAVIS Google CRAN Packages to get the package list From here you can get a description of every command in a package. ?? searches for commands related to ??plot will find commands related to plot ? calls up the help file for that command ?abline gives the help file for the abline() command.

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LEARNING HOW TO LEARN – JACK DAVIS Exercises: Name one function in the darts game package. What is the e-mail of the author of the Texas Holdem simulation package? (Bonus) Tell the author about your day via e-mail; s/he likes hearing from fans. Find a function to make a histogram Find some example code on the heatmap() command.

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RANDOMLY GENERATING DATA – JACK DAVIS The r commands randomly generate data from a distribution rnorm( n, mean, sd) Generates from normal distribution (default N(0,1)) rexp( n, rate) rbinom( n, size, prob) rt( n, df) From Student’s T. (Mean is zero, so setting a mean is up to you) set.seed() Allows you to generate the same data every time, so you or others can verify work.

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RANDOMLY GENERATING DATA – JACK DAVIS Set a random seed Generate a vector of 50 values from the Normal (mean=10,sd=4) distribution, name the vector x1. Do the same with Poisson ( lambda = 5), named x2, Exponential (rate = 1/7) named x3, Student’s t distribution (df =5), with a mean of 5, named x4, Normal (mean=0, sd=20), named err Make a new variable y, let it be 3 + 20x1 + 15x2 – 12x3 – 10x4 + err

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DATA FRAMES – JACK DAVIS data.frame() makes a dataframe object of the vectors listed in the () The advantage of having a data frame is that it can be treated as a single object.. Data frames, models, and even matrix decompositions can be objects in R. You can call parts of objects by name using $ model$coef or model$coefficient will bring up the estimated coefficients If no such aspect exists, then you’ll get a null response. Example: Andrew$height

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DATA FRAMES – JACK DAVIS Exercises: Make a data.frame() of x1,x2,x3,x4, and y Name it dat (if you’re stuck from the last part, run “Q3-dataframethis.txt” first) Use index indicators like dat [4,3], dat [2:7,3], dat [4,], and dat [4,-1] to get The 3 rd row, 5 th entry of dat The 2 nd – 7 th values of the 5 th column The entire 3 rd row The 3 rd row without the 1 st entry

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LINEAR MODELS – JACK DAVIS The results of the lm() function are an object. Example: mod = lm(y ~ x1 + I(x2^2) + x1:x2, data=dat) Useful aspects mod$fitted mod$residuals Useful functions summary(mod) predict(mod, newdata)

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LINEAR MODELS – JACK DAVIS Use the lm command to create a linear model of y as a function of x1,x2,x3, and x4 additively using dat data, name it mod. (No interactions or transformations) Get the summary of mod Display the estimated coefficients with no other values.

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OUTLINE 1) Learning how to learn 2) Randomly Generating Data 3) Data Frames and Manipulation 4) Linear Models BREAK – Quality of presenter improves deteriorates 5) Running loops 6) Function Definition 7) More advanced function topics 8) Using functions 9) A short simulation study

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RUNNING YOU FOR A LOOP – ANDREW HENREY Similar to other programming languages, loops in R allow you to repeat the same block of code several times Unlike other programming languages, large loops in R are exceedingly slow Any loop of less than about 100,000 total iterations is not going to give you much trouble in terms of time

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RUNNING YOU FOR A LOOP – ANDREW HENREY An R loop that executes a million commands takes about a second. Conditions vary wildly Generating 100,000 data sets of size 50,000 and looping through the dataset to calculate a mean for each one would take longer to run than Jack Davis heading up Burnaby Mountain (ouch) Sup d00dz late for tutorial Jack

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RUNNING YOU FOR A LOOP – ANDREW HENREY Loop syntax: for (i in 1:n) { #TellVicEverything }

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RUNNING YOU FOR A LOOP – ANDREW HENREY No need to run from 1:K Can use an arbitrary vector instead Runs for length(vect) iterations Takes on the i th value of the vector each iteration e.g. V = c(1,5,3,-6) for (count in V) {print(count);} ## 1, 5, 3, -6

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RUNNING YOU FOR A LOOP – ANDREW HENREY Exercises: A) Define a variable runs to be the number 10,000 B) Define a matrix() called mat with 5 columns and runs rows (10,000 rows) C) Put a for() loop around the code found in q5-loopthis.txt. Loop from 1:runs. Use index indicators like a[k,] to save the estimated coefficients of the model in a new row of mat. OR, if you think you are a total coding BOSS, then put the loop around your code in parts 2-4 that generates data and finds the linear model estimates of the betas.

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FUNCTION DEFINITION – ANDREW HENREY Functions are a slightly abstract concept Mathematics: f(x) = x 2 +4x-16 Computing: mean(x) = sum(x)/length(x) – All 3 are functions! Functions map INPUTS to OUTPUT Possibly no inputs In one way or another, always some form of output Example functions: SORT, MEDIAN, OPTIM / NLM, LM/GLM

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FUNCTION DEFINITION – ANDREW HENREY Function syntax Simple function: F = function() { return (5) } >> F() 5

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FUNCTION DEFINITION – ANDREW HENREY Exercises: Make a function out of the code you wrote in part 5. The syntax should be similar to the previous slide. The function: Should be called simulate.lm Should include everything needed to generate the data several times, find a linear model, and extract the coefficients Does NOT take any inputs Should return the matrix of 10,000 runs of coefficients Use the function and save the results to a matrix called test If nothing is working ( ), you can use the example code in q6 – function this.txt

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ADVANCED FUNCTIONS – ANDREW HENREY A more complicated example: MSE = function(X=c(0,3,11),Y) { return (mean((X-Y)^2)) } Observe that X has default values >>MSE(Y=c(4,5,6)) 15

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ADVANCED FUNCTIONS – ANDREW HENREY If an input argument to a function has default values, you don’t have to specify them when calling the function If an input argument has no default values, running the function without specifying them gives you an error

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ADVANCED FUNCTIONS – ANDREW HENREY Exercises: Modify simulate.lm() by adding input parameters. Include: nruns, the number of runs in the simulation, with no default seed, the random initial seed of the simulation, defaulting to 1337 verbose, a Boolean true/false to report progress, defaulting to FALSE (caps matter) Set runs to nruns at the beginning of your function Use set.seed(seed) in your function Add code that prints out how far along you are in the loop, but only when verbose is true Run this new function to overwrite the old one

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USING FUNCTIONS – ANDREW HENREY Exercises: A) Run your simulate.lm() with 25000 runs. Store these results as a variable called betas B) Use hist() on the first column of betas to see the sampling distribution of the intercept C) Use summary(), mean(), and sd() on this column as well D) Use par(mfrow=c(2,2)) and then some hist() commands to display histograms of the other four sampling distributions in a 2x2 grid E) Compare your results to the known values (The means of the sampling distributions to the true values, and the standard deviations to the estimated values in Q4)

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SIMULATION STUDY – ANDREW HENREY Idea: You have a binomial experiment with 9 successes and 3 failures. You would like to construct a 95% CI for the true proportion of successes You DON’T know whether the normal approximation is appropriate How can we find out whether or not it’s OK?

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SIMULATION STUDY – ANDREW HENREY Overall procedure: Construct a LOT of samples from a population with 12 trials and p=0.75 For each sample, calculate the 95% CI using the normal approximation For each sample, see whether the CI overlaps with 0.75 Count the number of samples for which the CI overlaps with 0.75 The proportion of the samples that have a CI that overlaps is called the “true coverage probability” If the true coverage probability is close to 95%, the normal approximation to the sampling distribution of p is a good one.

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SIMULATION STUDY – ANDREW HENREY Steps: Generate 100,000 samples of binomial(12,0.75) data using rbinom() For each sample, calculate the usual estimate of p For each sample, calculate SE = sqrt(p*(1-p)/12) For each sample, calculate the lower and upper bounds of the 95% CI Find out how many intervals actually contain 0.75 Optional: Look at hist(x) to gain intuition of why the normal approximation isn’t perfect

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