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RStudio – another integrated development environment for R

February 28, 2011
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If you’re in the market for a very easy-to-setup integrated development environment for R, wander over to RStudio.org. They’ve just released a beta version of their freely-available front end for R that runs under Windows, Linux and Mac OS ...

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Converting MATLAB and R date and time values

February 20, 2011
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For some unknown reason, MATLAB codes its date/time values as the number of elapsed days starting from January 1 in the year 0000. R uses the equally arbitrary, but much more widespread POSIX/Unix epoch as a reference for time keeping, so that R’...

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Accessing NOAA tide data with R

February 18, 2011
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Here's some R code that can be used to download archived tide height data from NOAA's CO-OPS OPeNDAP server. The code makes use of RCurl to send a URL query to the server, and then splits apart the resulting data into a data frame.

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A lightweight object browser for R

January 15, 2011
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Get access to a simple object browser in R so that you can see what variables, data frames, model objects and other junk you have in memory currently. If you don't want to install a full-fledged integrated development environment, this option may be fo...

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Book Review: Mixed Effects Models and Extensions in Ecology with R

January 14, 2011
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A brief review of Zuur et al.'s book "Mixed Effects Models and Extensions in Ecology with R".

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Book Review: A Beginner’s Guide to R

December 29, 2010
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A review of Zuur et al.'s "A Beginner's Guid to R". This book quickly and efficiently introduces you to the peculiarities of the R programming language so that you can soon move on to what you actually want to use R for.

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Book Review: R in a Nutshell

December 29, 2010
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A brief review of R in a Nutshell by Joseph Adler. This book continues to serve as a useful reference that sits on my desk next to my computer, waiting to tell me the name of that command I've just forgotten.

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R 2.12.0 and Eclipse with StatET installation

December 5, 2010
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A while back I outlined the setup process for running R under the Eclipse integrated development environment with the help of WalWare.de’s StatET plugin for Eclipse, in Windows 7. This post is an update on that procedure for the newer versions of...

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Sorting out Sweave in Eclipse/StatET

November 29, 2010
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Using Sweave to produce pretty-looking documentation for R is awfully handy. It takes a little tweaking to get set up in Eclipse and StatET though. I followed the information in Jeromy Anglim’s webpage to originally get Sweave set up. The followi...

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Altering Eclipse user name

November 29, 2010
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Using StatET’s code generation templates is handy, but the standard Eclipse variable for ${user} just inserts the currently logged-in user’s account name. If you want a different name to appear when ${user} is called, one method is to alter...

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