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Data Analysis with R - Second Edition by Tony Fischetti

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Performing the bootstrap in R (more elegantly)

One of the beautiful things about the bootstrap technique is that it can be performed easily using only the level of R programming that we reached by the conclusion of Chapter 1, RefresheR however, there is, and as you might imagine, a more automated way of doing this in R. We will be using the boot package for this, so make sure you install it:

 btobj <- boot(our.sample, function(x, i){mean(x[i])}, 10000,                parallel="multicore", ncpus=3)

That looks simple enough, but let's take a closer look at this code:

  • As the first argument, the boot function takes the sample that we are using the bootstrap procedure on; in our case, we are passing it our sample of 40 that we took earlier.
  • The second argument ...

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