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Announcing eeptools 0.2

April 4, 2013
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My R package eeptools has reached version 0.2. As with the last release, this is still a preliminary release which means that functionality is not full, function names and code behavior may still change from version to version, and I am still looking f...

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Tips and Tricks for HTML and R

March 3, 2013
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Over the past two months I have tried to convert completely to HTML5 slides, HTML reports and R + knitr. The switch from Sweave came with a few frustrations but I think overall it is way better - it is incredibly efficient and while some flexibility on...

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R Bootcamp Materials!

February 24, 2013
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R Bootcamp Materials!

Learn about ColoRs in R!Analyze model results with custom functions.Good and Bad GraphicsTo train new employees at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, I have developed a 2-3 day series of training modules on how to get work done in R. These...

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R Bootcamp @ Sector67 in Madison

February 6, 2013
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I am pleased to announce that together with Justin Meyer (also from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction) I will be presenting a two hour version of the R Bootcamp. Sector67 is a collaborative maker/hacker space in Madison, and is a great ven...

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Data Visualization for Education

February 3, 2013
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Recently I was invited to give a talk to two cohorts of Strategic Data Project fellows. I was asked to speak about using data visualization to help inform decision-making of policy makers. At the same time, the group had a lot of variation in their int...

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Shiny Apps

January 11, 2013
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Shiny Apps

I have been working on developing some interactive tools for demonstrating statistical principles. The advent of the shiny framework for R from the RStudio team has made this very easy to do. These demos are still in the development...

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Picking Lotto Numbers

November 28, 2012
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There's not a lot you can do to increase your odds of winning the lottery tonight. With the PowerBall at $500 million though, a lot of otherwise rational folks might be tempted into playing. For those of you newly tempted, it is important to remember a...

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eeptools 0.1 Available on CRAN Now!

September 26, 2012
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eeptools 0.1 is available now on CRAN! You can install it by simply typing:install.packages('eeptools')in your R console now. The package allows users to play with a number of built in datasets for folks in education beginning to learn R, custom themes...

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Converting a Markdown File to PDF Using Pandoc

September 9, 2012
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Working with knitr and markdown is a great way to share quick reports with colleagues, but in cases where IE8 is still the dominant browser, shipping an HTML file with embedded graphics is a non-starter. IE8 does not support the Data URI format used to...

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On School Boards and Policy Shocks

August 31, 2012
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On School Boards and Policy Shocks

The dissertation process has many steps. The prospectus or proposal is one of the last. Awhile ago I was lucky enough to have my dissertation proposal defense and pass!  My project is seeking to understand the linkage between political activity at...

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