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Thinking about Graphs

July 30, 2010
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Thinking about Graphs

A recent Wall Street Journal article ruminated about the degree that language shapes thought (rather than the other way around).  This idea has rather profound implications in the more specific domain of programming languages. We initially learn a...

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Free R Chart iPhone App

July 30, 2010
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Free R Chart iPhone App

Download the free R-Chart iPhone Application for the latest news and updates from top R web sites... (and this blog too).App Store LinkLeave a comment if you have any feedback or suggestions!

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Pie Charts in ggplot2

July 29, 2010
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Pie Charts in ggplot2

...and other isomorphic data shape presentations...The Pie Chart has been widely criticized in recent times by statisticians.  Edward Tufte goes as far as to call this the "prevailing orthodoxy."  The reasons generally cited:The rel...

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Hacker News User Base Changed?

July 26, 2010
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Hacker News User Base Changed?

There are lots of references on Hacker news to the fact that the "good old days" are gone and that the character of the site has changed since it started.  The visualization above was based on a sample of users that posted on the site in recent ti...

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R Chart

July 24, 2010
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R Chart

Been meaning to write this for awhile...An R-Chart is a statistical quality assurance tool used to determine if a process is stable (and predictable).  It is intended to maintain and improve the quality of a process (a more formal definition is av...

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Thoroughly Unusual Itches

July 23, 2010
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Thoroughly Unusual Itches

I have found myself over the years in a rather awkward situation.  I work in old-school, bricks and mortar industry IT shops for the most part.  However, I love many open source projects and identify with many of the values of start up cultur...

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BP Oil and Gas Recovery

July 21, 2010
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BP Oil and Gas Recovery

As mentioned in a previous post, the US Department of Energy has been providing data about the Deepwater Horizon as it becomes available.  Recently, the amount of oil and gas recovered was made available.  The spreadsheet includes a grap...

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Analyze Online R User Conference Data

July 19, 2010
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Analyze Online R User Conference Data

The R User Conference 2010 will be underway shortly - and what better way to commemorate the event than to  blast out some R code related to the conference?  HTML tables on websites for the past three years list participants an...

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What (Search Engines Think) People Want

July 17, 2010
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What (Search Engines Think) People Want

R O How G8 U R!Hey, R U there? Having used the R language for awhile now, I would like to let you know that R works - in fact R works really well. If you keep up with R news this should be no surprise...this is, after all...an r blog! R and R alone c...

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Maps, Geocoding, and the R User Conference 2010

July 14, 2010
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Maps, Geocoding, and the R User Conference 2010

The R User Conference 2010 is scheduled for July 20-23, 2010.  Wanna know where?Although there are more sophisticated methods of mapping with R the maps package makes mapping activities straightforward.  A bit of XML and Google...

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