Monthly Archives: July 2013

R ecology workshop

July 31, 2013
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R ecology workshop

After my presentation yesterday to a group of grad students on R resources, I did a presentation today on intro to R data manipulation, visualizations, and analyses/visualizations of biparite networks and community level analyses (diversity, rarefactio...

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bdvis development version available for early feedback

July 30, 2013
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bdvis development version available for early feedback

Google Summer of Code 2013 is half way through. Mid term evaluations are underway. I thought this is a good logical point for us to share what we have been doing for Biodiversity Data Visualizations in R project and open up the package for testing and some early feedback. We have named the package bdvis.

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LondonR lightning talk: Audiblization / sonification of data

July 30, 2013
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LondonR lightning talk: Audiblization / sonification of data

It looks like the next LondonR meeting on 10 September 2013 will involve a series of 5 minute lightning talks rather than a few half hour slots. I have proposed “Audiblization / sonification of data: what are people doing and … Continue reading →

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Occupancy model fit & AUC

July 30, 2013
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Occupancy model fit & AUC

Occupancy models are used to understand species distributions while accounting for imperfect detection. In this post, I’ll demonstrate a method to evaluate the performance of occupancy models based on the area under a receiver operating characteristic curve (AUC), as published last year by Elise Zipkin and colleagues in Ecological Applications.Suppose we are to fit a multi-year occupancy...

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A Chart of Recent Comrades Marathon Winners

July 30, 2013
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A Chart of Recent Comrades Marathon Winners

Continuing on my quest to document the Comrades Marathon results, today I have put together a chart showing the winners of both the men and ladies races since 1980. Click on the image below to see a larger version. The analysis started off with the same data set that I was working with before, from

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Basic Proof of Concept: Save an R dataframe as a Tableau Data Extract

July 30, 2013
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I love Tableau, as it is a huge part of my data workflow. Not only is it super easy to slice and dice data, but the company recently released an API for developers.  In short, we can use a few languages (python and C++/Java) to build Data Extracts, the super fast back-end that makes using

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Crowdfunding the Ubuntu Edge will fail

July 30, 2013
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Crowdfunding the Ubuntu Edge will fail

Tuesday 30 July 2013 - 14:14Although the Ubuntu Edge has been record-breaking in its crowdfunding efforts, the fundraising campaign will fall well short of its 32 million dollar target. Just to be clear, I hope to be proven wrong! I backed the Ubuntu Edge Indiegogo fundraiser at the $625 level...

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Interfacing R and Google maps

July 30, 2013
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Interfacing R and Google maps

Introduction I couple of weeks ago I had an idea for a website where people can collaborate to create the first real Audio Atlas, using the power of the Google Maps API. The problem was that I do some programming in R but I did know very few things about HTML and javascript. However, I knew that having...

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Visualizing Book Sentiments

July 30, 2013
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Visualizing Book Sentiments

Sentiment analysis of social media content has become pretty popular of late, and a few days ago, as I lay in bed, I wondered if we could do the same thing to books - and see how sentiments vary through the story.The answer, of course, was that yes, we could. And if you’d rather just...

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R resources

July 30, 2013
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R resources

I'm doing a presentation today to grad students on R resources. I have been writing HTML presentations recently, but some great tools are now available to convert text that is easy to read and write to presentations.RStudio has something called R pr...

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