Monthly Archives: December 2010

A Draft of ProjectTemplate v0.2-1

December 3, 2010
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I’ve just uploaded a new binary of ProjectTemplate to GitHub. This is a draft version of the next release, v0.2-1, which includes some fairly substantial changes and is backwards incompatible in several ways with previous versions of ProjectTemplate. Foremost of the changes is that most of the logic for load.project() is now built into the

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Fun with infochimps: Animated Blog Post Hit Map

December 3, 2010
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In a few weeks I will be visiting Chicago, and JD Long—the organizer of the local R users group—has graciously invited me to give a presentation. Ostensibly, the presentation will be on my recently released infochimps package, so I thought it was a good time to start actually putting together some examples and documentation for

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Some ideas on communicating risks to the general public

December 3, 2010
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Some ideas on communicating risks to the general public

SOME EMPIRICAL BASES FOR CHOOSING CERTAIN RISK REPRESENTATIONS OVER OTHERS This week DSN posts some thoughts (largely inspired by the work of former colleagues Stephanie Kurzenhäuser, Ralph Hertwig, Ulrich Hoffrage, and Gerd Gigerenzer) about communicating risks to the general public, providing references and delicious downloads where possible. Representations to use less often Single-event probabilities as

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Because it’s Friday: The 4th Amendment X-ray T-shirt

December 3, 2010
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Because it’s Friday: The 4th Amendment X-ray T-shirt

Here's a clever way to express your objection to the obtrusiveness of the new backscatter X-ray scanners at airports: A T-shirt with the text of the 4th Amendment printed in metallic ink: Also available in underwear format. Cargo Collective: 4th Amendment Wear

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Why I love open source!

December 3, 2010
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Why I love open source!

Today I had a great reminder of why I love open source software and why I spend a bit of my time contributing R code to several packages. In the vegan, I had included some code to do an analysis … Continue reading →

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Data Visualization Practices at the New York Times

December 3, 2010
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Amanda Cox of the New York Times' graphics department recently gave a great presentation to the New Media Days conference in Copenhagen and described how the Times uses data visualizations to reveal patterns, provide context, describe relationships, and even create a sense of wonder about the world. In the video, Amanda demonstrates several of the Times' best interactive visualizations...

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Data Visualization Practices at the New York Times

December 3, 2010
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Amanda Cox of the New York Times' graphics department recently gave a great presentation to the New Media Days conference in Copenhagen and described how the Times uses data visualizations to reveal patterns, provide context, describe relationships, and even create a sense of wonder about the world. In the video, Amanda demonstrates several of the Times' best interactive visualizations...

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formatR update (0.1-5)

December 3, 2010
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he formatR package has been silent for quite a few months now. Recently I’ve been moving my old packages from R-Forge to GitHub, and I finally killed several things on my TODO list. In the past, I made an awkward decision to let formatR depend on the animation package, which was ridiculous. Ronggui suggested me

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Google, The Brew’s On Me

December 3, 2010
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Google, The Brew’s On Me

While drinking these fine liquids may up your trip count to the john, they can also make your R reports better. Not because they allow you to reach your Ballmer Peak… but because each of these elixers is the direct result of brewing. Okay, I’m rea...

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Evolution of Rcpp code size

December 3, 2010
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Evolution of Rcpp code size

I've been contributing to Rcpp for about a year now, initially to add missing bits that were needed for the development of RProtoBuf. This led to a complete redesign of the API, which now goes way beyond the initial code (that we now call c...

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