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Removing Ï.., I and two dots or umlaut, when using read.csv in R

Here’s something I used to bump in a lot when working with external files that I receive from clients: some gibberish prepended to the first column name of a data frame when using read.csv. However, there’s a good reason why this happens. The first character is a magical character, invisible… 

randomForest gives NA/NaN/Inf in foreign function call and how to solve it

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Personally, Random Forest is one of my favorite algorithms for supervised learning. It’s quick and dirty and still allows for some interpretation. However, R and the RandomForest package are somewhat cryptic when it comes to requirements not met to properly train the algorithm. I bumped a lot into this error…