Correction: the convenient radius for 95% confidence interval of t-test

-- What do you call a tea party with more than 30 people? 
-- A Z party!!! 
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2*SE is a popular convenient radius to eye 95% CI for t-test. Statisticians take t with df>=30 as z. However, I was incorrect to teach that 1.96*SE could be the precise radius when df>=30.

Guess what is the critical df to use decimally precise 1.96*SE. Larger than expected --

R: str(…) 与 getS3method(…,…)

感谢R专家XIE Yihui同学在线答疑

me: 请教两个R的技术:1.R中有没有对象浏览器之类的工具?一举看完一个对象的子子孙孙 2.怎么看深入的源代码> prcomp
function (x, ...)
<environment: namespace:stats>

Yihui: 1. str()是很常用的一个函数,它可以充分查看对象的子子孙孙 2. 很多函数要么是S3 method,要么是调用C code,所以一般不能直接看源代码

S3 method可以用getS3method()去查看,比如prcomp就是S3方法,那么可以看它的default方法是什么:

> getS3method('prcomp','default')
function (x, retx = TRUE, center = TRUE, scale. = FALSE, tol = NULL,
x <- as.matrix(x)
x <- scale(x, center = center, scale = scale.)
cen <- attr(x, "scaled:center")
sc <- attr(x, "scaled:scale")
if (any(sc == 0))
stop("cannot rescale a constant/zero column to unit variance")
s <- svd(x, nu = 0)
s$d <- s$d/sqrt(max(1, nrow(x) - 1))
if (!is.null(tol)) {
rank <- sum(s$d > (s$d[1L] * tol))
if (rank < ncol(x)) {
s$v <- s$v[, 1L:rank, drop = FALSE]
s$d <- s$d[1L:rank]
dimnames(s$v) <- list(colnames(x), paste("PC", seq_len(ncol(s$v)),
sep = ""))
r <- list(sdev = s$d, rotation = s$v, center = if (is.null(cen)) FALSE else cen,
scale = if (is.null(sc)) FALSE else sc)
if (retx)
r$x <- x %*% s$v
class(r) <- "prcomp"
<environment: namespace:stats>


me: 多谢,节约俺好多搜索时间

Yihui: 嗯,我也是花了很长时间才明白S3 method的意思,呵呵

me: 如果要看biplot.prcomp呢?


Yihui: help会告诉你biplot也是generic function,可以应用在prcomp这种class上,所以:

> getS3method('biplot','prcomp')
function (x, choices = 1:2, scale = 1, pc.biplot = FALSE, ...)
if (length(choices) != 2)
stop("length of choices must be 2")
if (!length(scores <- x$x))
stop(gettextf("object '%s' has no scores", deparse(substitute(x))),
domain = NA)
if (is.complex(scores))
stop("biplots are not defined for complex PCA")
lam <- x$sdev[choices]
n <- NROW(scores)
lam <- lam * sqrt(n)
if (scale < 0 || scale > 1)
warning("'scale' is outside [0, 1]")
if (scale != 0)
lam <- lam^scale
else lam <- 1
if (pc.biplot)
lam <- lam/sqrt(n)
biplot.default(t(t(scores[, choices])/lam), t(t(x$rotation[,
choices]) * lam), ...)
<environment: namespace:stats>


Unexpectedly, the theoretically best reject-region of T-test is bounded.

For NHST vs , theoretically, is s.t. , rather than zero. Nevertheless, pratically a large t, rejecting both and , should not be counted as any evidence to retain or reject .

To verify the shape of --

Confidence Region and Not-reject Region

Either Confidence Interval (CI) or Null Hypothesis Significance Test (NHST) has the same business, to advise whether some sample is or is not disliked by some hypothesized parameter . manages a database. For each Miss , NHST spies out all she dislikes. Mr X logs in and inputs a girl name and his credit card number, to bet his luck whispering-- Does she dislike me? manages a database too. For each Mr X, CI only needs his credit card with his name X on it, then serves him a full list of available girls. has been historically monopolizing the market. Nevertheless, somebody prefer visiting and find that the two may share database in most cases.

Not-reject Region of is defined as .

Confidence Region of x is defined as .


Automatize LISREL jobs

LISREL routine can run in DOS or in command line mode of windows (windows-key + R -> CMD) . The command line is just like --

D:\My Documents>"C:\Program Files\lisrel87\lisrel87.exe" "C:\Program Files\lisrel87\LS8EX\EX61.LS8" D:\myOutput.out

1. You only need edit and input the bold part.
2. Quotation marks are used wherever the paths or filenames include blanks.
3. The 2nd argument is the output file. You can still specify more output options in your .ls8 file.
4. A .bat file can automatize batches of such lisrel jobs.

Developing normal pdf from symmetry & independence

When I was in the 3rd grade of my middle school, I enjoyed my town bookstore as a standing library. There a series of six math-story books by Zhang Yuan-Nan impressed me a lot. I cited a case from one in my PPT when I taught the normal distribution -- the normal pdf can be derived from simple symmetry & independence conditions.

Today I can even google out an illegal pdf of its new edition to verify the case (2005, pp. 89). Actually I have bought the new edition series (now 3 books) and lent them to students. Those conditions are as instinctive as--

1. For white noise errors on 2-D, the independence means pdf at is the product of 1-D pdf, that is, .

2. The symmetry means pdf at is just a function of , nothing to do with direction. That is, .

So, .

For middle school students, the book stated a gap here to arrive at the final result , which is .

I think non-math graduate students with interests can close the gap by themselves with following small hints.

Denote .
We have
Denote .
That is, .

Now to prove . With continuousness, it gets .


愉快地发现我在WinXP上最常用的编辑工具SciTE(当前版本1.75) 和 LyX(当前版本1.5.3) 都支持unicode(也就是说,支持中文)。之前不了解,只因为缺省设置不支持中文。需要手工操作修改设置。

SciTE的设置是Options->Open Global Options File,编辑,找到如下段落

# Unicode
# Required for Unicode to work on GTK+:


# Unicode
# Required for Unicode to work on GTK+:

保存。然后关闭再打开SciTE,就会发现不再出现中文被切一半的现象。如果编辑的文档格式不是utf-8而是ucs-2 ,还可以在File->Encoding 里临时选。

[update] 除了utf-8, SciTE 还支持国内更常用的GBK码,设置如下:

此外,我还推荐把SciTEGlobal.properties文件中的line.margin.visible=1 和 wrap=1 两处的注释#号去掉,效果是缺省显示行号,并使超长的行折行显示。SciTE的优点太多了--开源免费;轻巧,启动快;支持Ctrl+鼠标中轮滚动无级缩放;支持Ctrl+回车 前文已出现过的拼写自动补齐选项;支持Alt键方形选段;...

LyX(版本>=1.5.1)在winXP已经可以在.lyx文件正文和公式框中录入中文。麻烦的是输出中文的pdf。[UPDATED update]LyX的最新版本(1.6.2)捆绑MikTeX的安装包已经对中文(unicode)支持得很好了。感谢楼下joomlagate先生email给我的情报: 的后半篇介绍了通过XeTeX输出pdf的简单设置。我今天试了一下,效果非常理想。


新版本LyX已经引入了文档版本控制,相当于word中的revision功能,有待深入试用。目前LyX仍不[update]已经支持Ctrl+鼠标中轮滚动无级缩放,如果公式显得太小,需要在菜单设置中修改显示缩放比例:Tools->Preferences->Look and feel->Screen fonts->Zoom %。这可能是比较容易在后续版本中实现的功能






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Activate it in Plugins menu. View its options in Options > LaTeX tab --

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Understanding QQ plots

## Try distributions like rchisq, rt, runif, rf to view its heavy, or light, left, or right tail.

n <- 30;
ry <- rnorm(n);
##view and guess what are x(s) and y(s)
I <- rep(1,n);
qr <- ((ry%*%t(I) > I %*% t(ry))+.5*(ry %*% t(I) == I%*%t(ry)))%*%I *(1/n);##qr are the sample quantiles
points(qr,ry,col="blue"); ##to view the fact, try the following
rx <- qnorm(qr);
##Red O(s) circle black o(s) exactly.

03DEC2007 R-workshop sponsored by dept of psy, ZSU(=SYSU, Guang-Zhou)

Here is the updated PPT for the talk in the afternoon--which includes the zipped example codes and set-up steps for the workshop in the evening within the 3rd page. The listed anonymous on-line test (result statistics) on p-value interpretation was cited indirectly From Gigerenzer, Krauss, & Vitouch (2004).

There is an advert on and a formal CV of the speaker is available on