Monthly Archives: July 2011

ISMB coverage on Twitter? It’s possible there was…

July 31, 2011
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ISMB coverage on Twitter? It’s possible there was…

Peter writes: I wonder if part of the drop off is live bloggers moving to platforms like Twitter? I can tell you it seemed like there were almost as many tweets for one SIG (#bosc2011) as for the whole of #ISMB / #ECCB2011, and I personally didn’t post anything to FriendFeed but posted lots on

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CRU Data in RghcnV3

July 31, 2011
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CRU Data in RghcnV3

As many have noted CRU have posted their data a bit ago and the usual gang has started to put it through the various “engines” for calculating a global temperature index. Thanks to others who worked this problem ahead of me getting the data in Rghcnv3 was not that hard, but it was not without

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Welcome to rOpenSci

July 31, 2011
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rOpenSci is a collaborative effort to develop R-based tools for facilitating Open Science. So what is Open Science?  Open science is the practice of making various elements of scientific research — data & methods, code & software, and results & publications — readily accessible to anyone. While this has great potential for advancing research (in

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Taking August off!

July 31, 2011
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Taking August off!

We'll be back with recharged batteries and lots of new entries in September. Have a great summer*!As usual, please send any questions you have about using SAS or R.*Not valid in the southern hemisphere.

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Your Data is Never the Right Shape

July 31, 2011
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Your Data is Never the Right Shape

One of the recurring frustrations in data analytics is that your data is never in the right shape. Worst case: you are not aware of this and every step you attempt is more expensive, less reliable and less informative than you would want. Best case: you notice this and have the tools to reshape yourRelated posts:

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Getting My Eye In Around F1 Quali Data – Parallel Coordinate Plots, Sort of…

July 30, 2011
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Getting My Eye In Around F1 Quali Data – Parallel Coordinate Plots, Sort of…

Looking over the sector times from the qualifying session for tomorrow’s Hungarian Grand Prix, I noticed that Vettel was only fastest in one of the sectors. Whilst looking for an easy way of shaping an R data frame so that I could plot categorical values sector1, sector2, sector3 on the x-axis, and then a line

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hacking .gov shortened links

July 30, 2011
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hacking .gov shortened links

This past Friday, the web portal to the US Federal government, USA.gov, organized hackathons across the US for programmers and data scientists to work with and analyze the data from their link-shortening service. It turns out that if you shorten a web link with bit.ly, the shortened link looks like 1.usa.gov/V6NpL (that one goes to

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RStudio 0.94.92 visited

July 30, 2011
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RStudio 0.94.92 visited

I just updated my RStudio version to the latest, v.0.94.92 (will this asymptotically approach 1, or actually get to 1?). It was nice to see the number of improvements the development team has implemented, based I’m sure on community feedback. The team has, in my experience, been extraordinarily responsive to user feedback, and I’m sure

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Forking Myself

July 29, 2011
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Forking Myself

I’ve spent some time forking myself. Over the past few days when I could steal away an hour here  or there I decided to make a big change to the package. But it’s a good change. First some book-keeping. The Romantest.R file has a minor bug in it. Not really a bug, I just pulled

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Splitting Vectors of Uneven Strings

July 29, 2011
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Splitting Vectors of Uneven Strings

Suppose you have a vector of names such that the first three words in the vector contain relevant information, but there is a bunch of extraneous stuff. For example,Our goal is to collapse the first three words into one contiguous string (without the ...

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