Jonathan Olmsted

Political Science Computing @ Rochester

the star lab (The University of Rochester)

For the 2012-2013 academic year, I was a fellow in the Theory and Statistics Research Laboratory (or, affectionately, the star lab). My primary duty during this fellowship will be contributing to the development of the next generation the of Political Science Department’s Aries cluster.

For the 2010-2011 academic year, I was a fellow in the star lab. One of my duties was to help anyone in the department with any technical computing questions or problems. Questions ranged range from using the department’s cluster to multiple imputation and making R run faster. Some documents I created while a the star lab fellow are available elsewhere on my site and on the the star lab website.

Tutorials and Related Documents

See the Benchmarking page for documents, presentations, and code related to the performance of R in various environments at the University of Rochester.

  • For a generic LaTeX introduction, see here.

  • For a generic R introduction, see here.

  • For a tutorial on including R code in a LaTeX document in a non-Sweave way, see here.

  • For a tutorial on how to write/structure multi-platform mutli-process friendly R Code, see here. The R script is here (you may need to rename this file). The bash script for the Torque scheduler is here.

  • For a tutorial on how to use an optimzied BLAS with R, see here. If you are interested in the gains that can be obtained by using an optimized BLAS, see here.

  • For a set of notes on using the Mars cluster (including resource allocation) see here. The R script is here (you will need to rename this file). The bash script for the Torque scheduler is here.