Monthly Archives: May 2009

R Journal 1/1

May 29, 2009
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R Journal 1/1

R Journal 1/1 is out! Download it from here.

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Accessing Soil Survey Data via Web-Services

May 28, 2009
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Accessing Soil Survey Data via Web-Services

Soil Survey Data   Online Querying of NRCS Soil Survey Data Sometimes you are only interested in soils data for a single map unit, component, or horizon. In these cases downloading the entire survey from Soil Data Mart is not worth the effort. An...

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Making Sense of Large Piles of Soils Information: Soil Taxonomy

May 27, 2009
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Making Sense of Large Piles of Soils Information: Soil Taxonomy

Western Fresno Soil Hierarchy: partial view of the hierarchy within the US Soil Taxonomic system   Soil...

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Embeding fonts in figures produced by R

May 27, 2009
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Some publishers insist that we embed (include) the fonts in each figure. Here is a set of links regarding this issue for figures produced by R:http://tolstoy.newcastle.edu.au/R/help/05/01/10779.htmlhttps://stat.ethz.ch/pipermail/r-help/2006-October/114...

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Embeding fonts in figures produced by R

May 27, 2009
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Some publishers insist that we embed (include) the fonts in each figure. Here is a set of links regarding this issue for figures produced by R:http://tolstoy.newcastle.edu.au/R/help/05/01/10779.htmlhttps://stat.ethz.ch/pipermail/r-help/2006-October/114...

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R and data

May 26, 2009
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R and data

My fellow bloggers John and Scott have posted recently about the free statistical programming language R.  How does it compare to an expensive language like SAS? If you’ve done any statistical analysis, then you’ll know that getting and cleaning the data is a major step in any project.  SAS does a pretty good job at

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Free one-day R course at Vanderbilt

May 26, 2009
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The Vanderbilt Kennedy Center is offering a free (repeat, free) one-day introductory course to the R statistical computing language on June 23, taught by Theresa Scott from the department of Biostatistics. You can find contact/registration info at the link below.Vanderbilt Kennedy Center - An Introduction to the Fundamentals & Functionality of the R LanguageIn case you missed it,...

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More Recursion in R

May 26, 2009
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I found another gem in R today. Earlier I commented about how R could do recursion, something that I love. I write some pretty complicated recursion functions in my research, but I also have a bad habit of compulsively reorganizing things. Now I've c...

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Simple Approach to Converting GRASS DB-backends

May 23, 2009
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  Premise: The current default database back-end used by the GRASS vector model is DBF (as of GRASS 6.5), however this is probably going to be changed (to SQLite) in GRASS 7. The DBF back-end works OK, however it tends to be very sensitive (i.e. breaks) when reserved words occur in column names or...

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Temporary Debian mail outage

May 23, 2009
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It would appear that debian.org rejected mail for maybe up to twelve hours from late yesterday afternoon (Central timezone) to some time shortly after I got up this morning. Things appear to be back to normal, so a big Thanks to the mail admins. If yo...

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