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Reproducible research, training wheels, and knitr

February 15, 2014
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Reproducible research, training wheels, and knitr

Last week I gave a short talk at CMU’s statistical computing seminar, Stat Bytes. I summarized why reproducible research (RR) and literate programming are worthwhile, not just for serious research but also for homework reports or statistical blog posts. I … Continue reading →

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After 1st semester of Statistics PhD program

February 9, 2014
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After 1st semester of Statistics PhD program

Have you ever wondered whether the first semester of a PhD is really all that busy? My complete lack of posts last fall should prove it Some thoughts on the Fall term, now that Spring is well under way: The … Continue reading →

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audiolyzR: Data sonification with R

January 13, 2013
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audiolyzR: Data sonification with R

In his talk “Give Your Data A Listen” at last summer’s useR! 2012 conference, Eric Stone presented joint work with Jesse Garrison on audiolyzR, an R package for “data sonification.” I thought this was a nifty and well-executed idea. Since I haven’t seen … Continue reading →

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DC R Meetup: “Analyze US Government Survey Data with R”

January 10, 2013
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DC R Meetup: “Analyze US Government Survey Data with R”

I really enjoyed tonight’s DC R Meetup, presented by the prolific Anthony Damico. I’ve met Anthony before to discuss whether the Census Bureau could either… publish R-readable … Continue reading →

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Animated map of 2012 US election campaigning, with R and ffmpeg

October 28, 2012
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(Video link here, in case the embedded player doesn’t work for you.) Idea: see if I can mimic the idea behind Ben Schmidt’s lovely video of ocean shipping routes, and apply it to another dataset. But which? “Hmm… what’s another … Continue reading →

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Javascript and D3 for R users, part 2: running off the R server instead of Python

October 26, 2012
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Thank you all for the positive responses to Basics of JavaScript and D3 for R Users! Quick update: last time we had to dabble in a tiny bit of Python to start a local server, in order to actually run JavaScript … Continue reading →

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Basics of JavaScript and D3 for R Users

October 21, 2012
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Basics of JavaScript and D3 for R Users

Hadley Wickham, creator of the ggplot2 R package, has been learning JavaScript and its D3 library for the next iteration of ggplot2 (tentatively titled r2d3?)… so I suspect it’s only a matter of time before he pulls the rest of the … Continue reading →

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Carl Morris Symposium on Large-Scale Data Inference (2/3)

October 20, 2012
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Carl Morris Symposium on Large-Scale Data Inference (2/3)

Continuing the summary of last week’s symposium on statistics and data visualization (see part 1 and part 3)… Here I describe Dianne Cook’s discussion of visual inference, and Rob Kass’ talk on statistics in cognitive neuroscience. [Edit: I've added a few … Continue reading →

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Commandeering a map from PDF or EPS, using Inkscape and R

August 24, 2012
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Commandeering a map from PDF or EPS, using Inkscape and R

I love Nathan Yau’s tutorial on making choropleths from a SVG file. However, if you don’t have a SVG handy already and instead you want to repurpose a map from another vector format such as PDF or EPS, there are … Continue reading →

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Making R graphics legible in presentation slides

July 30, 2012
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Making R graphics legible in presentation slides

I only visited a few JSM sessions today, as I’ve been focused on preparing for my own talk tomorrow morning. However, I went to several talks in a row which all had a common problem that made me cringe: graphics … Continue reading →

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