Live HBSGrid Demos

July 9, 2020

Software modules have arrived on the HBSGrid! The modules provide users with flexible access to multiple versions of software (e.g., Python 2.7, Python 3.6, etc.), software in home folders and project folders, and settings defaults for specific projects. One no longer has to use only the software version that was previously installed on the Grid.

On Tuesday, July 14, at 2 PM, Bob Freeman will present a special live demo on how to start using these modules, how these will work in NoMachine, and best practices around their use. No registration is required...

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HBSGrid Environment Changes for 7/6/2020

July 7, 2020

The following changes are being made to the HBSGrid cluster and storage, effective 7/6/2020:

Software Updates

We have installed License updates for:

  • SAS
  • StatTransfer
  • Mathematica
  • AMPL/Knitro

We have installed Version updates to:

  • MATLAB has been updated to r2020a (from r2019a)
  • StatTransfer has been updated to v15 (from 14.1)
  • Mathematica has been updated to 12 (from 11.2)


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Resolving RSTUDIO_WHICH_R issue

September 20, 2019

Since moving to Grid v2.5 we offer R v3.5.1 centrally, which might be more new than what you have in your home directory. And the RStudio launch script from the NoMachine drop-down menu will run our centrally-installed RStudio (also newer).

If you had used a local R install (== miniconda in your home folder), to transition to the central one, you'll need to do the following:

1) if your .bashrc or .bash_profile had a command to export the RSTUDIO_WHICH_R, please comment out this line and then restart all...

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New Tip from the RCS Stats Team

May 17, 2019

This month's tip is by our Senior Statistician, Xiang Ao: 

Stata’s margins command has been a powerful tool for many economists. It can calculate predicted means as well as predicted marginal effects. Sometimes we’d like to compare those marginal effects. People use margins and marginsplot to generate marginal effects; then draw conclusions on whether there is a difference between marginal effects, based on whether the confidence intervals overlap or not. However, that can actually be wrong. In this post, I’d like to introduce a way to...

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New Software on the Compute Grid

May 17, 2019

We are excited to annnounce that we are in the process of installing some additional software on the grid to make the environment more research-friendly. This will include: 

  • PDF viewers, such as xPDF and Evince 
  • GitKraken, a Git GUI for version control
  • Atom, a lightweight, full-featured text editor

If you have suggestions/requests for other types of software, please send us an email at research@hbs....

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