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Connecting R to Everything with IFTTT

June 18, 2015
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Connecting R to Everything with IFTTT

IFTTT ("if this then that") is one of my favorite tools. I use it to keep and share articles, turn on my home's lights at sundown, alert me when certain keywords are mentioned on Twitter/Reddit/etc., and many other things. Recently, the great people at IFTTT announced the Maker Channel, which allows recipes to make and receive web requests. This...

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Creating Reproducible Software Environments with Packrat

July 15, 2014
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Open science has grown tremendously in the past few years. While there’s stilla long way to go, the availability of data, software, and other materials is making it possible to re-use these products to expand upon previous work and apply them to new areas. Through responsible conduct of research (RCR) …

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Plotting Microtiter Plate Maps

May 1, 2014
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Plotting Microtiter Plate Maps

I recently wrote about my workflow for Analyzing Microbial Growth with R. Perhaps the most important part of that process is the plate map, which describes the different experimental variables and where they occur. In the example case, the plate map described which strain was growing and in which environment …

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Analyzing Microbial Growth with R

April 9, 2014
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Analyzing Microbial Growth with R

In experimental evolution research, few things are more important than growth. Both the rate of growth and the resulting yield can provide direct insights into a strain or species’ fitness. Whether one strain with a trait of interest can outgrow (and outcompete) another that possesses a variation of that trait …

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Creating Colorblind-Friendly Figures

October 16, 2013
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Creating Colorblind-Friendly Figures

Color is often used to display an extra dimension in plots of scientific data. Unfortunately, everyone does not decode color in exactly the same way. This is especially true for those with color vision deficiency, which affects up to 8 percent of the population in its 2 most common forms. As …

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