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Sourcing an R Script from Dropbox

July 14, 2012
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Working on my R bootcamp materials and I thought it would be handy to get the bootcamp computers setup by sourcing an R script that will install all necessary non-core packages in it. The problem? How to deploy this script efficiently. A quick method w...

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Making an Animated Heart GIF in R

May 5, 2012
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Messing around with animations, I created this toy example to make a growing outline of a heart in R. I have put it up as a gist on GitHub and embedded it below. It uses the animation and the ggplot2 packages--both of which make it incredibly simple to...

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R Tutorials and Learning Materials

May 3, 2012
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We are getting ready to host an R bootcamp this summer at work and I am looking at building on materials that already exist. I just wanted to list a few here while I figure out the best ways to incorporate them. Video Tutorials:This is a fairly ne...

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All Your Source Code Are Belong to… Nature?

February 28, 2012
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The Journal of Nature put out an interesting op-ed recently discussing the need to make source code available for scientific articles that require statistical computation to produce their results. http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v482/n7386/ful...

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RStudio, BibTex, and LaTeX

January 27, 2012
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I was having a little trouble getting RStudio to process BibTex entries and compile a LaTeX file. Bumping around on the great RStudio help forum, I found this entry, which pointed me in the direction. I needed to set a system environment variable in R ...

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Scoping functions in R

January 19, 2012
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I want to test embedding source code in the blog by using the handy Gist tool provided by GitHub. These two R functions are a good opportunity to test out embedding a Gist on the website. These functions allow for threshold testing within a vector in R...

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Software for Surviving Graduate School Part 1

October 16, 2009
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Software for Surviving Graduate School Part 1

After introducing a colleague to the wonders of Dropbox today (more on that later) I realized that it might be useful to put out a list of software that is of use to graduate students. I often find that many of the software products I find indispensable are virtually unknown to many of my fellow graduate students. Certainly this...

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Geography and Data

June 15, 2009
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The Economist recently ran a fascinating article about the emergence of geographical databases and their uses for presenting and analyzing data.All this has made it much easier to create maps that explain—at a glance—something that might otherwise require pages of tables or verbiage. “A percentage or a table is still abstract for people,” says Dan Newman of MAPLight.org,...

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