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Non-Uniform Population Density in some European Countries

A few months ago, I did mention that France was a country with strong inequalities, especially when you look at higher education, and research teams. Paris has almost 50% of the CNRS researchers, while only 3% of the population lives there.

It looks like Paris is the only city, in France. And I wanted to check that, indeed, France is a country with strong inequalities, when we look at population density.

Using data from, it is possible to get population density on a small granularity level,

> rm(list=ls())
> base=read.table(
+      "/home/charpentier/glp00ag.asc",
+      skip=6)
> X=t(as.matrix(base,ncol=8640))
> X=X[,ncol(X):1]

The scales for latitudes and longitudes can be obtained from the text file,

> #ncols         8640
> #nrows         3432
> #xllcorner     -180
> #yllcorner     -58
> #cellsize      0.0416666666667

Hence, we have

> library(maps)
> world=map(database="world")
> vx=seq(-180,180,length=nrow(X)+1)
> vx=(vx[2:length(vx)]+vx[1:(length(vx)-1)])/2
> vy=seq(-58,85,length=ncol(X)+1)
> vy=(vy[2:length(vy)]+vy[1:(length(vy)-1)])/2

If we plot our density, as in a previous post, on Where People Live,

> I=seq(1,nrow(X),by=10)
> J=seq(1,ncol(X),by=10)
> image(vx[I],vy[J],log(1+X[I,J]),
+ col=rev(heat.colors(101)))
> lines(world[[1]],world[[2]])

we can see that we have a match, between the big population matrix, and polygons of countries.

Consider France, for instance. We can download the contour polygon with higher precision,

> library(rgdal)
> fra=download.file(
+ "fr.rds")
> Fra=readRDS("fr.rds")
> n=length(Fra@polygons[[1]]@Polygons)
> L=rep(NA,n)
> for(i in 1:n) L[i]=nrow(Fra@polygons[[1]]@Polygons[[i]]@coords)
> idx=which.max(L)
> polygon_Fr=
+       Fra@polygons[[1]]@Polygons[[idx]]@coords
> min_poly=apply(polygon_Fr,2,min)
> max_poly=apply(polygon_Fr,2,max)
> idx_i=which((vx>min_poly[1])&(vx<max_poly[1]))
> idx_j=which((vy>min_poly[2])&(vy<max_poly[2]))
> sub_X=X[idx_i,idx_j]
> image(vx[idx_i],vy[idx_j],
+       log(sub_X+1),col=rev(heat.colors(101)),
+       xlab="",ylab="")
> lines(polygon_Fr)

We are now able to extract information about population for France, only (actually, it is only mainland France, islands are not considered here… to avoid complicated computations

> library(sp)
> xy=expand.grid(x = vx[idx_i], y = vy[idx_j])
> dim(xy)
[1] 65730     2

Here, we have 65,730 small squares, in France.

+     polygon_Fr[,1],polygon_Fr[,2])>0
> dim(pip)=dim(sub_X)
> Fr=sub_X[pip]
> sum(Fr)
[1] 58105272

Observe that the total population within the French polygon is close to 60 million people, which is consistent with actual figures. Now, if we look more carefully at repartition over the French territory

> library(ineq)
> Gini(Fr)
[1] 0.7296936

Gini coefficient is rather high (over 70%), but it is also possible to visualize Lorenz curve,

> plot(Lc(Fr))

Observe that in 5% of the territory, we can find almost 54% of the population

> 1-min(LcF$L[LcF$p>.95])
[1] 0.5462632

In order to compare with other countries, consider the

> LC=function(rds="fr.rds"){
+ Fra=readRDS(rds)
+ n=length(Fra@polygons[[1]]@Polygons)
+ L=rep(NA,n)
+ for(i in 1:n) 
+ idx=which.max(L)
+ polygon_Fr=
+      Fra@polygons[[1]]@Polygons[[idx]]@coords
+ min_poly=apply(polygon_Fr,2,min)
+ max_poly=apply(polygon_Fr,2,max)
+ idx_i=which((vx>min_poly[1])&(vx<max_poly[1]))
+ idx_j=which((vy>min_poly[2])&(vy<max_poly[2]))
+ sub_X=X[idx_i,idx_j]
+ xy=expand.grid(x = vx[idx_i], y = vy[idx_j])
+ dim(xy)
+     polygon_Fr[,1],polygon_Fr[,2])>0
+ dim(pip)=dim(sub_X)
+ Fr=sub_X[pip]
+ return(list(gini=Gini(Fr),LC=Lc(Fr))
+ }
> FRA=LC()

For instance, consider Germany, or Italy

> deu=download.file(
> DEU=LC("deu.rds")
> ita=download.file(
> ITA=LC("ita.rds")

It is possible to plot Lorenz curve, together,

> plot(FRA$LC,col="blue")
> lines(DEU$LC,col="black")
> lines(ITA$LC,col="red")

Observe that France is clearly below the other ones. Compared with Germany, there is a significant difference

> FRA$gini
[1] 0.7296936
> DEU$gini
[1] 0.5088853

More precisely, if 54% of French people live in 5% of the territory, only 40% of Italians, and 32% of the Germans,

> 1-min(FRA$LC$L[FRA$LC$p>.95])
[1] 0.5462632
> 1-min(ITA$LC$L[ITA$LC$p>.95])
[1] 0.3933227
> 1-min(DEU$LC$L[DEU$LC$p>.95])
[1] 0.3261124

How long could it take to run a regression

This afternoon, while I was discussing with Montserrat (aka @mguillen_estany) we were wondering how long it might take to run a regression model. More specifically, how long it might take if we use a Bayesian approach. My guess was that the time should probably be linear in , the number of observations. But I thought I would be good to check.

Let us generate a big dataset, with one million rows,

> n=1e6
> X=runif(n)
> Y=2+5*X+rnorm(n)
> B=data.frame(X,Y)

Consider as a benchmark the standard linear regression,

> lm_freq = function(n){
+   idx = sample(1:1e6,size=n)
+   reg = lm(Y~X,data=B[idx,])
+   summary(reg)
+ }

Here the regression is a subset of smaller size. We can do the same with a Bayesian approach, using stan,

> stan_lm ="
+ data {
+ int N;
+ vector[N] x;
+ vector[N] y;
+ }
+ parameters {
+ real alpha;
+ real beta;
+ real tau;
+ }
+ transformed parameters {
+ real sigma;
+ sigma <- 1 / sqrt(tau);
+ }
+ model{
+ y ~ normal(alpha + beta * x, sigma);
+ alpha ~ normal(0, 10);
+ beta ~ normal(0, 10);
+ tau ~ gamma(0.001, 0.001);
+ }
+ "

Define then the model

> library(rstan)
> system.time( 
  stanmodel <<- stan_model(model_code = stan_lm))
utilisateur     système      écoulé 
      0.043       0.000       0.043

We want to see how long it might take to run a regression,

> lm_bayes = function(n){
+   idx = sample(1:1e6,size=n)
+   fit = sampling(stanmodel,
+       data = list(N=n,
+                   x=X[idx],
+                   y=Y[idx]),
+       iter = 1000, warmup=200)
+   summary(fit)
+ }

We use the following package to see how long it takes

> library(microbenchmark)
> time_lm = function(n){
+  M = microbenchmark(lm_freq(n),
+      lm_bayes(n),times=50)
+  return(apply( matrix(M$time,nrow=2),1,mean))
+ }

We can now compare the time it took with ten, one hundred, on thousand, and ten thousand observations,

> vN = c(10,100,1000,10000)
> T = Vectorize(time_lm)(vN)

we can then plot it

> plot(vN,T[2,]/1e6,log="xy",col="red",type="b",
+      xlab="Number of Observations",ylab="Time")
> lines(vN,T[1,]/1e6,col="blue",type="b")

It looks like (if we forget about the very small sample) that the time it takes to run a regression is linear, with the two techniques (the frequentist and the Bayesian ones).

And actually, the same story olds for logistic regressions. Consider the following dataset

> n=1e6
> X=runif(n)
> S=-3+2*X+rnorm(n)
> Y=rbinom(n,size=1,prob=exp(S)/(1+exp(S)))
> B=data.frame(X,Y)

The frequentist version of the logistic regression is

> glm_freq = function(n){
+   idx = sample(1:1e6,size=n)
+   reg = glm(Y~X,data=B[idx,],family=binomial)
+   summary(reg)
+ }

and the Bayesian one, using stan,

> stan_glm = "
+ data {
+ int N;
+ vector[N] x;
+ int<lower=0,upper=1> y[N];
+ }
+ parameters {
+ real alpha;
+ real beta;
+ }
+ model {
+ alpha ~ normal(0, 10);
+ beta ~ normal(0, 10);
+ y ~ bernoulli_logit(alpha + beta * x);
+ }
+ "
> stanmodel = stan_model(model_code = stan_glm) )
> glm_bayes = function(n){
+   idx = sample(1:1e6,size=n)
+   fit = sampling(stanmodel,
+        data = list(N=n,
+        x = X[idx],
+        y = Y[idx]),
+        iter = 1000, warmup=200)
+   summary(fit)
+ }

Again, we can see how long it takes to run those regression models

> time_gl m= function(n){
+   M = microbenchmark(glm_freq(n),
+   glm_bayes(n),times=50)
+   return(apply( matrix(M$time,nrow=2),1,mean))
+ }


Where People Live, part 2

Following my previous post, I wanted to use another dataset to visualize where people live, on Earth. The dataset is coming from We you register, you can download the database

> base=read.table("glp00ag15.asc",skip=6)

The database is a ‘big’ 1440×572 matrix, in each cell (latitude and longitude) we have the population

>  X=t(as.matrix(base,ncol=1440))
>  dim(X)
[1] 1440  572

The dataset looks like

> image(seq(-180,180,length=nrow(X)),
+ seq(-90,90,length=ncol(X)),
+ log(X+1)[,ncol(X):1],col=rev(heat.colors(101)),
+ axes=FALSE,xlab="",ylab="")

Now, if we keep only place where people actually live (i.e. removing cold desert and oceans) we get

> M=X>0
> image(seq(-180,180,length=nrow(X)),
+ seq(-90,90,length=ncol(X)),
+ M[,ncol(X):1],col=c("white","light green"),
+ axes=FALSE,xlab="",ylab="")

Then, we can visualize where 50% of the population lives,

> Order=matrix(rank(X,ties.method="average"),
+ nrow(X),ncol(X))
> idx=cumsum(sort(as.numeric(X),
+ decreasing=TRUE))/sum(X)
> M=(X>0)+(Order>length(X)-min(which(idx>.5)))
> image(seq(-180,180,length=nrow(X)), + seq(-90,90,length=ncol(X)), + M[,ncol(X):1],col=c("white",
+ "light green",col="red"), + axes=FALSE,xlab="",ylab="")

50% of the population lives in the red area, and 50% in the green area. More precisely, 50% of the population lives on 0.75% of the Earth,

> table(M)/length(X)*100
         0          1          2 
69.6233974 29.6267968  0.7498057

And 90% of the population lives in the red area below (5% of the surface of the Earth)

> M=(X>0)+(Order>length(X)-min(which(idx>.9)))
> table(M)/length(X)*100
        0         1         2 
69.623397 25.512335  4.864268 
> image(seq(-180,180,length=nrow(X)),
+ seq(-90,90,length=ncol(X)),
+ M[,ncol(X):1],col=c("white",
+ "light green",col="red"),
+ axes=FALSE,xlab="",ylab="")

Breizh Camp, Economics with Computers

I have been invited, as keynote speaker, at the 6th BreizhCamp, organized in Rennes, from March 23rd till March 25th, “la conférence des développeurs du grand ouest” as they call it. I am deeply honored, since it is a huge conference… The organizing committee asked me to give a (brief) talk on data, and big data. But data is just the visible tip of the iceberg, and I cannot talk about data without mentioning algorithms. So I will try to talk about algorithmics, econometrics, machine learning, and data (and big data, of course).

Slides are now online… More to come in the next days…

Where People Live

There was an interesting map on reddit this morning, with a visualisation of latitude and longituge of where people live, on Earth. So I tried to reproduce it. To compute the density, I used a kernel based approch

> library(maps)
> data("world.cities")
> X=world.cities[,c("lat","pop")]
> liss=function(x,h){
+   w=dnorm(x-X[,"lat"],0,h)
+   sum(X[,"pop"]*w)
+ }
> vx=seq(-80,80)
> vy=Vectorize(function(x) liss(x,1))(vx)
> vy=vy/max(vy)
> plot(world.cities$lon,world.cities$lat,)
> for(i in 1:length(vx)) 
+ abline(h=vx[i],col=rgb(1,0,0,vy[i]),lwd=2.7)

For the other axis, we use a miror technique, to ensure that -180 is close the +180

> Y=world.cities[,c("long","pop")]
> Ya=Y; Ya[,1]=Y[,1]-360
> Yb=Y; Yb[,1]=Y[,1]+360
> Y=rbind(Y,Ya,Yb)
> liss=function(y,h){
+   w=dnorm(y-Y[,"long"],0,h)
+   sum(Y[,"pop"]*w)
+ } 
> vx=seq(-180,180)
> vy=Vectorize(function(x) liss(x,1))(vx)
> vy=vy/max(vy)
> plot(world.cities$lon,world.cities$lat,pch=19)
> for(i in 1:length(vx)) 
+ abline(v=vx[i],col=rgb(1,0,0,vy[i]),lwd=2.7)

Now we can add the two, on the same graph

Spatial and Temporal Viz of Gas Price, in France

A great think in France, is that we can play with a great database with gas price, in all gas stations, almost eveyday. The file is rather big, so let’s make sure we have enough memory to run our codes,

> rm(list=ls())

To extract the data, first, we should extract the xml file, and then convert it in a more common R object (say a list)

> year=2014
> loc=paste("",year,sep="")
> download.file(loc,destfile="")

Content type 'application/zip' length 15248088 bytes (14.5 MB)

> unzip("", exdir="./")
> fichier=paste("PrixCarburants_annuel_",year,
> library(plyr)
> library(XML)
> library(lubridate)
> l=xmlToList(fichier)

We have a large dataset, with prices, for various types of gaz, for almost any gas station in France, almost every day, in 2014. It is a 1.4Gb list, with 11,064 elements (each of them being a gas station)

> length(l)
[1] 11064

There are two ways to look at the data. A first idea is to consider a gas station, and to extract the time series.

> time_series=function(no,type_gas="Gazole"){
+   prix=list()
+   date=list()
+   nom=list()
+   j=0
+   for(i in 1:length(l[[no]])){
+     v=names(l[[no]])
+     if(!is.null(v[i])){
+       if(v[i]=="prix"){
+         j=j+1
+  date[[j]]=as.character(l[[no]][[i]]["maj"])
+  prix[[j]]=as.character(l[[no]][[i]]["valeur"])
+  nom[[j]]=as.character(l[[no]][[i]]["nom"])
+       }}
+   }
+   id=which(unlist(nom)==type_gas)
+   n=length(id)
+   jour=function(j) as.Date(substr(date[[id[j]]],1,10),"%Y-%m-%d")
+   jour_heure=function(j) as.POSIXct(substr(date[[id[j]]],1,19), format = "%Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S", tz = "UTC")
+   ext_y=function(j) substr(date[[id[j]]],1,4)
+   ext_m=function(j) substr(date[[id[j]]],6,7)
+   ext_d=function(j) substr(date[[id[j]]],9,10)
+   ext_h=function(j) substr(date[[id[j]]],12,13)
+   ext_mn=function(j) substr(date[[id[j]]],15,16)
+   prix_essence=function(i) as.numeric(prix[[id[i]]])/1000
+   base1=data.frame(indice=no,
+            id=l[[no]]$.attrs["id"],
+            adresse=l[[no]]$adresse,
+            ville=l[[no]]$ville,
+  lat=as.numeric(l[[no]]$.attrs["latitude"])
+  lon=as.numeric(l[[no]]$.attrs["longitude"])
+       cp=l[[no]]$.attrs["cp"],
+       saufjour=l[[no]]$ouverture["saufjour"], 
+       Y=unlist(lapply(1:n,ext_y)),
+       M=unlist(lapply(1:n,ext_m)),
+       D=unlist(lapply(1:n,ext_d)),
+       H=unlist(lapply(1:n,ext_h)),
+       MN=unlist(lapply(1:n,ext_mn)),
+    prix=unlist(lapply(1:n,prix_essence)))
+   base1=base1[!$prix),]
+   date_d=paste(year,"-01-01 12:00:00",sep="")
+   date_f=paste(year,"-12-31 12:00:00",sep="")
+   vecteur_date=seq(as.POSIXct(date_d, format =
+                 "%Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S"),
+                    as.POSIXct(date_f, format = 
+                 "%Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S"),by="days")
+   date=paste(base1$Y,"-",base1$M,"-",base1$D,
+   " ",base1$H,":",base1$MN,":00",sep="")
+   date_base=as.POSIXct(date, format = 
+                "%Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S", tz = "UTC")
+   idx=function(t) sum(vecteur_date[t]>=date_base)
+   vect_idx=Vectorize(idx)(1:length(vecteur_date))
+   P=c(NA,base1$prix)
+   base2=ts(P[1+vect_idx],
+         start=year,frequency=365)
+   list(base=base1,
+        ts=base2)
+ }

To get the time series, extrapolation is necessary, since we have here observation at irregular dates. Here, for instance, for the second gas station, we get

> plot(time_series(2)$ts,ylim=c(1,1.6),col="red")
> lines(time_series(2,"SP98")$ts,col="blue")

An alternative is to study gas price from a spatial perspective. Given a date, we want the price in all stations. As previously, we keep the last price observed, in each station,

> spatial=function(dt){
+   base=NULL
+   for(no in 1:length(l)){  
+     prix=list()
+     date=list()
+     j=0
+     for(i in 1:length(l[[no]])){
+     v=names(l[[no]])
+     if(!is.null(v[i])){
+       if(v[i]=="prix"){
+   j=j+1
+   date[[j]]=as.character(l[[no]][[i]]["maj"])
+       }}
+   }
+   n=j
+   D=as.Date(substr(unlist(date),1,10),"%Y-%m-%d")
+   k=which(D==D[which.max(D[D<=dt])])
+ if(length(k)>0){
+   B=Vectorize(function(i) l[[no]][[k[i]]])(1:length(k))
+ if("nom" %in%  rownames(B)){  
+   k=which(B["nom",]=="Gazole")
+   prix=as.numeric(B["valeur",k])/1000
+   if(length(prix)==0) prix=NA
+   base1=data.frame(indice=no,
+   lat=as.numeric(l[[no]]$.attrs["latitude"])
+   lon=as.numeric(l[[no]]$.attrs["longitude"])
+   gaz=prix)
+   base=rbind(base,base1)
+ }}}
+ return(base)}

For instance, for the 5th of May, 2014, we get the following dataset

> B=spatial(as.Date("2014-05-05"))

To visualize prices, consider only mainland France (excluding islands in the Pacific, or close to the Caribeans)

> idx=which((B$lon>(-10))&(B$lon<20)&
+ (B$lat>35)&(B$lat<55))
> B=B[idx,]
> Q=quantile(B$gaz,seq(0,1,by=.01),na.rm=TRUE)
> Q[1]=0
> x=as.numeric(cut(B$gaz,breaks=unique(Q)))
> CL=c(rgb(0,0,1,seq(1,0,by=-.025)),
+ rgb(1,0,0,seq(0,1,by=.025)))
> plot(B$lon,B$lat,pch=19,col=CL[x])

Red dots are the most expensive gas stations, that particular day.

If we add contours of the French regions, we get

> library(maps)
> map("france")
> points(B$lon,B$lat,pch=19,col=CL[x])


We can also focus on some specific region, say the South of Brittany.

> library(OpenStreetMap)
> map <- openmap(c(lat= 48,   lon= -3),
+                c(lat= 47,   lon= -2))
> map <- openproj(map) 
> plot(map)
> points(B$lon,B$lat,pch=19,col=CL[x])

As we can see on that map, there are regions that are rather empty, where the closest gas station might be a bit far away. Actually, it is possible to add Voronoi sets on the map,

> dB=data.frame(lon=B$lon,lat=B$lat)
> idx=which(!duplicated(dB))
> dB=dB[idx,]


which could help to get the price of the closest gaz station.

> library(tripack)
> V <- voronoi.mosaic(dB$lon[id],dB$lat[id])
> plot(V,add=TRUE)

It is possible to plot each polygon with the color of the gaz station we add. Actually, it is a bit tricky, and I could not find a R function to to this. So I did it manually,

> plot(map)
> P <- voronoi.polygons(V)
> library(sp)
> point_in_i=function(i,point)[1],point[2],P[[i]][,1],P[[i]][,2])
> which_point=function(i) which(Vectorize(function(j) point_in_i(i,c(dB$lon[id[j]],dB$lat[id[j]])))(1:length(id))>0)
> for(i in 1:length(P)) polygon(P[[i]],col=CL[x[id[which_point(i)]]],border=NA)

With this map, we can see that we have blue areas, i.e. all stations in a given area are cheap (because of competition), but in some places, a very expensive one is next to a very cheap one. I guess we should look closer at the dynamics… [to be continued….]

Inter-relationships in a matrix

Last week, I wanted to displaying inter-relationships between data in a matrix. My friend Fleur, from AXA, mentioned an interesting possible application, in car accidents. In car against car accidents, it might be interesting to see which parts of the cars were involved. On, we can find such a dataset, with a lot of information of car accident involving bodily injuries (in France, a police report is necessary, and all of them are reported in a big dataset… actually several dataset, with information of people involved, cars, locations, etc). For 2014 claims, the dataset is

> base = read.csv("")

Let us keep only claims involving two vehicules,

> T=table(base$Num_Acc)
> idx=names(T)[which(T==2)]

For 2014, we have 32,222 claims.

> length(idx)
[1] 32222

In this dataset, we have information about where cars were hit,

plus ‘9’ for multiple hot (in rollover accidents) and ‘0’ should be missing information.

> nom=c("NA","Front","Front R",'Front L',"Back","Back R","Back L","Side R","Side L","Multiple")

Now, we simply have to go through our dataset, and get the matrix. My first idea was to get a symmetric one,

> B=base[base$Num_Acc %in% idx,]  
> B=B[order(B$Num_Acc),]
> M=matrix(0,10,10)
> for(i in seq(1,nrow(B),by=2)){
+   a=B$choc[i]+1
+   b=B$choc[i+1]+1
+   M[a,b]=M[a,b]+1
+   M[b,a]=M[b,a]+1
+ }
> rownames(M)=nom
> colnames(M)=nom

The problem, when we ask for a symmetric chord diagram, is that we cannot have Front – Front claims (since values on the diagonal are removed)

> library(circlize)
> chordDiagramFromMatrix(M,symmetric=TRUE)

So let’s pretend that there could be some possible distinction in the dataset, between the first and the second row. Like the first one is the ‘responsible’ driver. Or like, for insurer, the first one is your insured. Just to avoid this symmetry problem

> M=matrix(0,10,10)
> for(i in seq(1,nrow(B),by=2)){
+   a=B$choc[i]+1
+   b=B$choc[i+1]+1
+ M[a,b]=M[a,b]+1
+ }
> rownames(M)=paste("A",nom,sep=" ")
> colnames(M)=paste("B",nom,sep=" ")

If we visualize the chord diagram, this time it is more complex to analyze,

> chordDiagram(M)

Below we have the first row (say our driver, letter A) and on top, the second row (say the other driver, letter B),

In bodily injury claims, we observe a large proportion of Front – Front claims, as well as Front – Back. And as expected Back-Back are not that common….

Visualising a Circular Density

This afternoon, Jean-Luc asked me some help about an old post I did publish, minuit, l’heure du crime; and some graphs published a few days after, where I used a different visualisation, in another post.

The idea is that the hour can be seen as circular, in the sense that 23:58 is actually very close to 00:03. So when we use a nonparametric kernel estimator of time events, we have to take into account that property. More specifically, consider the density of an angle, i.e. a function such that

with a circular relationship, in the sense that

In the dataset sent by Jean-Luc, we have some thefts in a big city, in France. The dataset is a simple spreadsheet with one columns, with ’00:20′ or ’17:45′ inside. Those are more or less reported time of thefts, as declared to the police.


The time is a number from 0 to 24.


The idea to get a nice density estimation is to use a simple mirror technique : we have three versions of the data, one for today, one for yesterday, and one for tomorrow. Of course, we have to use a shorter bandwidth.

for(i in 3.14159/12*(0:12)){ 

The dotted line would be a uniform distribution over the day. The true distribution is the black bold line. The area in purple is when we have more crimes, and the blue line is when we have less crimes. The blue area is equal to the purple one. There is a clear symmetry in the evening around midnight (but not during the day : 6 am is not the same as 6 pm). This graph is the circular visualisation of the kernel density estimator, the same way the rose diagram is the circular visualisation of the histogram.

Playing with Leaflet (and Radar locations)

Yesterday, my friend Fleur did show me some interesting features of the leaflet package, in R.


In order to illustrate, consider locations of (fixed) radars, in several European countries. To get the data, use

radar=read.table(file=paste("destinator/",nf,sep=""), sep = ",", header = FALSE, stringsAsFactors = FALSE)
 radar$type <- sapply(radar$V3, function(x) {z=as.numeric(unlist(strsplit(x, " ")[[1]])); return(z[!])})
  radar <- radar[,c(1,2,4)]
  names(radar) <- c("lon", "lat", "type")
id=which(substr(L,4,8)=="Radar" & substr(L,nl-2,nl)=="csv")
for(i in id) radar_E=rbind(radar_E,ext_radar(L[i]))

(to be honest, if you run that code, you will get several countries, but not France… but if you want to add it, you should be able to do so…). The first tool is based on popups. If you click on a point on the map, you get some information, such as the speed limit where you can find a radar. To get a nice pictogram, use

fileUrl <- ""
download.file(fileUrl,"radar.png", mode = 'wb')
RadarICON <- makeIcon(  iconUrl = fileUrl,   iconWidth = 20, iconHeight = 20)

And then, use to following code get a dynamic map, mentionning the variable that should be used for the popup

m <- leaflet(data = radar_E) 
m <- m %>% addTiles() 
m <- m %>% addMarkers(~lon, ~lat, icon = RadarICON, popup = ~as.character(type))

Because the picture is a bit heavy, with almost 20K points, let us focus only on France,

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Computational Time of Predictive Models

Tuesday, at the end of my 5-hour crash course on machine learning for actuaries, Pierre asked me an interesting question about computational time of different techniques. I’ve been presenting the philosophy of various algorithm, but I forgot to mention computational time. I wanted to try several classification algorithms on the dataset used to illustrate the techniques

> rm(list=ls())
> myocarde=read.table(
> levels(myocarde$PRONO)=c("Death","Survival")

But the dataset is rather small, with 71 observations and 7 explanatory variables. So I decided to replicate the observations, and to add some covariates,

> levels(myocarde$PRONO)=c("Death","Survival")
> idx=rep(1:nrow(myocarde),each=100)
> TPS=matrix(NA,30,10)
> myocarde_large=myocarde[idx,]
> k=23
> M=data.frame(matrix(rnorm(k*
+ nrow(myocarde_large)),nrow(myocarde_large),k))
> names(M)=paste("X",1:k,sep="")
> myocarde_large=cbind(myocarde_large,M)
> dim(myocarde_large)
[1] 7100   31
> object.size(myocarde_large)
2049.064 kbytes

The dataset is not big… but at least, it does not take 0.0001 sec. to run a regression.  Actually, to run a logistic regression, it takes 0.1 second

> system.time(fit< glm(PRONO~.,
+ data=myocarde_large, family="binomial"))
       user      system     elapsed 
      0.114       0.016       0.134 
> object.size(fit)
9,313.600 kbytes

And I was surprised that the regression object was 9Mo, which is more than four times the size of the dataset. With a large dataset, 100 times larger,

> dim(myocarde_large_2)
[1] 710000     31

it takes 20 sec.

> system.time(fit<-glm(PRONO~.,
+ data=myocarde_large_2, family="binomial"))
utilisateur     système      écoulé 
     16.394       2.576      19.819 
> object.size(fit)
90,9025.600 kbytes

and the object is ‘only’ ten times bigger.

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Construction de cartes minimalistes

Le week-end passé, suite à la publication de See the world differently with these minimalist maps par , il y a eu pas mal d’activité autour des cartes minimalistes. En particulier, Reka (aka ) et Philippe (aka @recifs) m’ont proposé de faire un billet pour Visions Carto sur la construction de ces cartes. Je suis flatté, même si je trouve ma contribution incroyablement modeste sur ce projet (et je me sens toujours humble face aux dessins superbes de Reka).

Je renvoie donc vers le billet Cartes Minimalistes pour plus de détails, mais pour les plus curieux, je rajoute deux cartes, plus française. La première correspond aux voies ferroviaires,

unzip("", exdir="./rail_france/")

et la seconde, aux routes dans la région parisienne,

unzip("", exdir="./road_france/")

La prochaine fois, j’expliquerais un peu comment corriger les shapefiles quand on a des soucis avec (je repense au commentaire qui disait que qu’il était dommage d’avoir une route entre le Royaume Uni et l’Islande).

Minimalist Maps

This week, I mentioned a series of maps, on Twitter,

Friday evening, just before leaving the office to pick-up the kids after their first week back in class, Matthew Champion (aka ) sent me an email, asking for more details. He wanted to know if I did produce those graphs, and if he could mention then, in a post. The truth is, I have no idea who produced those graphs, but I told him one can easily reproduce them. For instance, for the cities, in R, use

> library(maps)
> data("world.cities")
> plot(world.cities$lon,world.cities$lat,
+ pch=19,cex=.7,axes=FALSE,xlab="",ylab="")

It is possible to get a more minimalist one by plotting only cities with more than 100,000 unhabitants, e.g.,

> world.cities2 = world.cities[
+ world.cities$pop>100000,]
> plot(world.cities2$lon,world.cities2$lat,
+ pch=19,cex=.7,axes=FALSE,xlab="",ylab="")

For the airports, it was slightly more complex since on, 6,977 airports  are mentioned. But on, I found another dataset with only 891 airports.

> library(maptools)
> shape <- readShapePoints(
+ "~/data/airport/ne_10m_airports.shp")
> plot(shape,pch=19,cex=.7)

On the same website, one can find a dataset for ports,

> shape <- readShapePoints(
+ "~/data/airport/ne_10m_ports.shp")
> plot(shape,pch=19,cex=.7)

This is for graphs based on points. For those based on lines, for instance rivers, shapefiles can be downloaded from, and then, use

> require(maptools)
> shape <- readShapeLines(
+ "./data/river/GRDC_687_rivers.shp")
> plot(shape,col="blue")

For roads, the shapefile can be downloaded from

> shape <- readShapeLines(
+ "./data/roads/ne_10m_roads.shp")
> plot(shape,lwd=.5)

Last, but not least, for lakes, we need the polygons,

> shape <- readShapePoly(
+ "./data/lake/ne_10m_lakes.shp")
> plot(shape,col="blue",border="blue",lwd=2)

Nice, isn’t it? See See the world differently with these minimalist maps for ‘s post.

Working with “large” datasets, with dplyr and data.table

A few months ago, I was doing some training on data science for actuaries, and I started to get interesting puzzeling questions. For instance, Fleur was working on telematic data, and she’s been challenging my (rudimentary) knowledge of R. As claimed by Donald Knuth, “we should forget about small efficiencies, say about 97% of the time: premature optimization is the root of all evil“. So usually, in my courses, and my training, codes are very basic, and easy to understand. But usually poorly efficient. Since I was challenged, to work on very large datasets, we’ve been working on R functions to manipulate those possibly (very) large dataset, and to run some simple functions as fast as possible (with simple filter and aggregation functions).

In order to illustrate, let us generate our “large” telematic dataset. Assume that we have 10,000 drivers, each of them drives about 200 times, and each time, we have, say, 80 locations. That mean around 160 million observations. It is “large”, but not huge.

> rm(list=ls())
> N_id=10000
> N_tr=200
> T_tr=80

In order to have a code as general as possible, assume that we have some kind of randomness,

> set.seed(1)
> N=rpois(N_id,N_tr)
> N_traj=rpois(sum(N),T_tr)

By “observation”, we consider a driver Id., a Trajectory Id., and a location (latitude and longitude) at some specific dates (e.g. every 15 sec.). Again, just because we want some dataset to illustrate, swe will draw drivers’s home randomly (here uniformly on some square)

> origin_lat=runif(N_id,-5,5)
> origin_lon=runif(N_id,-5,5)

And, then, from those locations, we generate a 2-dimensional random walk,

> lat=lon=Traj_Id=rep(NA,sum(N_traj))
> Pers_Id=rep(NA,length(N_traj))
> s=1
> for(i in 1:N_id){Pers_Id[s:(s+N[i])]=i;s=s+N[i]}
> s=1
> for(i in 1:length(N_traj)){lat[s:(s+N_traj[i])]=origin_lat[Pers_Id[i]]+
+  cumsum(c(0,rnorm(N_traj[i]-1,0,sd=.2)));
+  lon[s:(s+N_traj[i])]=origin_lon[Pers_Id[i]]+
+  cumsum(c(0,rnorm(N_traj[i]-1,0,sd=.2)));
+  s=s+N_traj[i]}

We have something which looks like

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