Practical tools for predictive modeling, data science, machine learning and web scraping
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
John Hussman has a Recession Warning Composite that I am attempting to replicate/improve. The underlying data seems to be easy enough to get from FRED using the quantmod package in R. I don't quite understand the index Hussman is using for commercial paper, so I used the '3-month AA financial commercial paper index' from FRED.
The PMI index requires scraping a table from the ISM website, which is easy enough to do with the XML package.
Here's my code so far, please leave a comment and let me know what you think: