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Permanently Setting the CRAN repository

November 29, 2011
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Setting the CRAN repository so that it does not ask every time you try to install a package  is something that I think few people bother to do, but it is so simple and can save a fair bit of frustration when working.  This is accomplished through a setting in one of the Rprofile files.  There

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World record running times vs. distance

November 15, 2011
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World record running times vs. distance

Julyan Arbel plots world record running times vs. distance (on the log-log scale): The line has a slope of 1.1. I think it would be clearer to plot speed vs. distance—then you’d get a slope of -0.1, and the numbers would be more directly interpretable. Indeed, this paper by Sandra Savaglio and Vincenzo Carbone (referred The post World...

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Wickham R short course

November 14, 2011
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Hadley writes: I am going to be teaching an R development master class in New York City on Dec 12-13. The basic idea of the class is to help you write better code, focused on the mantra of “do not repeat yourself”. In day one you will learn powerful new tools of abstraction, allowing The post Wickham...

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Web-friendly visualizations in R

October 19, 2011
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Aleks points me to this new tool from Wojciech Gryc. Right now I save my graphs as pdfs or pngs and then upload them to put them on the web. I expect I’ll still be doing this for awhile—I like having full control of what my graphs look like—but Gryc’s default plots might be useful The post Web-friendly...

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Why it doesn’t make sense to chew people out for not reading the help page

October 12, 2011
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Karl Broman writes: Barry Rowlingson gave an interesting talk at UseR 2011, “Why R-help must die!” He suggested the Q-and-A type sites Stack Overflow (on programming) and Cross Validated (on statistics), both part of Stack Exchange. I haven’t used R-help recently but I do occasionally send people there. Just to see what was going on The post Why...

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Data manipulations

August 23, 2011
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In the last Utah R Users group meeting I gave a presentation on data manipulations on R, and today I found through the plyr mailing list two commands that I was previously unaware of that should definitely be made mention of, arrage and mutate.

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Using a “pure infographic” to explore differences between information visualization and statistical graphics

August 10, 2011
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Using a “pure infographic” to explore differences between information visualization and statistical graphics

Our discussion on data visualization continues. One one side are three statisticians–Antony Unwin, Kaiser Fung, and myself. We have been writing about the different goals served by information visualization and statistical graphics. On the other side are graphics experts (sorry for the imprecision, I don’t know exactly what these people do in their day jobs The post Using...

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NppToR 2.6.0 beta 2

July 29, 2011
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http://sourceforge.net/projects/npptor/files/npptor%20installer/NppToR-2.6.0.beta2.exe/download I’ve released beta 2 of NppToR 2.6.0.  Please take a look and report any problems.  This improves the installer and the uninstaller as well as a few bugs that popped up from the transition to UNICODE.

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Infovis vs. statgraphics: A clear example of their different goals

July 29, 2011
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Infovis vs. statgraphics:  A clear example of their different goals

I recently came across a data visualization that perfectly demonstrates the difference between the “infovis” and “statgraphics” perspectives. Here’s the image (link from Tyler Cowen): That’s the infovis. The statgraphic version would simply be a dotplot, something like this: (I purposely used the default settings in R with only minor modifications here to demonstrate what The post Infovis...

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Looking for NppToR beta testers.

July 19, 2011
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NppToR 2.6 is coming with improved flexibility and speed. Testers needed before setting as default.

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