During holiday break I have decided to solve 9-puzzle, which is 3x3 variant of a well known 15-puzzle. The solution has proven to be a nice application of igraph package. Warning: this time the code takes a bit more tame than usual in my...

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Introduction Just as Pocket fundamentally changed my reading behaviour, I am finding that now having Netflix (and even before that, other downloadable or streaming digital content) is really changing my behaviour as far as television is concerned. Where watching TV used to be an affair of browsing through 500 channels and complaining there was nothing on, now with the...

We've mentioned before how you can use R to design 3-D objects. Now, thanks to the latest version of the rgl package, you can produce real-world 3-D objects with R as well. The rgl package has long made it possible to create virtual 3-D objects in R, and export them as animations like this: But now, package author Duncan...

In this post i want to introduce you to the so called Pacific Decadal Oscillation, or PDO for short. Just to give a short introduction to this huge (and complex) subject, the text below follows straight from Wikipedia. ...The PDO is a pattern of Pacif...

I've said it before: Twitter makes me a lazy blogger. Lots of stuff came across my radar this week that didn't make it into a full blog post. Here's a quick recap:PLOS Computational Biology: Chapter 1: Biomedical Knowledge IntegrationAssuring the quali...

Today a (slightly confused) question on StackOverflow wondered how to access R’s facilities for eigenvalues calculations from C code. For this, we need to step back and consider how this is done. In fact, R farms the calculation out to the BLAS....

The xtable package is tremendously useful for generating LaTeX tables from data frames. It is also pretty easy to customize the output to handle some special cases of LaTeX formatting. The xtable.decimal function will create a LaTeX table where numeric columns will be vertically aligned on the decimal point. In addition to specifying the LaTeX alignment code it...

Yesterday I rolled up a new version (0.10-0) of analogue, my R package for analysing palaeoecological data. It is now available from CRAN. There were lots of incremental changes to Stratiplot() to improve the quality of the stratigraphic diagrams produced and fix several annoying bugs. Also the definition of the standard error of MAT reconstructions was fixed; it...