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R scripts for downloading iButton Thermochron dataloggers

July 11, 2012
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Last time, I posted some R code to help quickly launch many iButton Thermochron temperature dataloggers with the same mission parameters. The R code makes use of a publicly-available command line utility released by the iButton’s manufacturer, Maxim.  Of course, Maxim also has a command line utility for downloading the data from those iButtons that

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Launching iButton Thermochrons with the help of R

March 23, 2012
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Maxim's iButton Thermochron temperature dataloggers are little silver doo-dads the size of a large watch battery that can record up to 2048 time-stamped temperature values. The internal battery is usually good for a few years of use. Maxim supplies a J...

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Plotting stuff on an image

March 11, 2012
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Recently, I needed to figure out how many extension cords I was going to need to buy in order to reach parts of my field site. Wandering around in the field with a surveyor's tape was an option, but so was plotting distances on an aerial image I had of...

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Eclipse and StatET 2.0 Install For Running R

January 11, 2012
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The Eclipse IDE with StatET plugin, developed by Stephen Wahlbrink, is one of the more (maybe the most) full-featured options for running R. I’ve written about this combination before (previous post), but the highlights include a script editor with syntax highlighting, code completion, an integrated graphics window, an advanced debug system, and the best object

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Loading OSU’s VGPM ocean productivity data in R

December 5, 2011
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Oregon State University makes a set of ocean productivity data derived from satellite data available for download and use by researchers. The Ocean Productivity website explains the available data and how it was derived. I have put together a few R fun...

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A simple ggplot2 scatterplot revisited

July 7, 2011
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Rick Wicklin contacted me with a helpful suggestion for improving the data presentation method outlined in my  previous post on using ggplot2 to visualize some data. In the previous post I had plotted up a highly correlated set of points, showing the correspondence between maximum daily body temperatures of model snails sitting with the foot

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A simple ggplot2 scatterplot

June 29, 2011
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Here’s a bit of code used to produce one of the figures in my recent paper dealing with modeling rocky intertidal snail body temperatures. This was my first foray into ggplot2, and it only involved a few hours of head-scratching. The plot is a co...

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Digitizing data from old plots using ‘digitize’

June 23, 2011
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The June 2011 issue of The R Journal contains an article on the R package digitize (link to pdf) by Timothée Poisot. This might prove to be a handy tool if you occasionally find yourself needing to retrieve data points from figures in old articles for...

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One minor detail for getting 64-bit R-2.13 running with Eclipse/StatET

May 9, 2011
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Upgrading from R-2.12 to R-2.13 was fairly painless, except for one minor hiccup in trying to get the 64-bit version running on my installation of Eclipse + StatET under Windows 7. The setup instructions are almost entirely the same as I have outlined ...

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Extracting sea surface temperatures from NOAA’s OISSTv2

March 1, 2011
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NOAA’s Physical Sciences Division produces a global map of weekly averaged sea surface temperatures, derived from satellite sources. The data can be found at http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/psd/data/gridded/data.noaa.oisst.v2.html. I’ve put togeth...

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