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Starburst in R

January 22, 2012
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> starburst('Matrices!') M M M a a a t t t rrr Matrices! ccc e e e s s s ! ! ! wrathematic led me FibBuzz, which led me to 

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New York Journalism Data Camp in February

January 4, 2012
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New York Journalism Data Camp in February: ScraperWiki’s first US two dayJournalism Data Camp event in conjunction with the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University and supported by the Knight Foundation on February 3rd and 4th 2012.

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How to share your plots better on the web

June 24, 2011
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How to share your plots better on the web

R bloggers (including me) typically post plots online as portable network graphics (PNG). This is silly because plots generally work better as vector graphics. For years I’ve wanted to host scalable vector graphics (SVG) online, but none of the ima...

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MARCH 16 UPDATE: My email scraping has become surprisingly…

March 1, 2011
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MARCH 16 UPDATE: My email scraping has become surprisingly…

MARCH 16 UPDATE: My email scraping has become surprisingly controversial, so I’ve taken down the code and other plots for now. Ironically, I’ve also updated the plot. I studied the emails sent to my dorm’s email list and drew some plots. A little context should be enough for you to follow them. Risley Hall is an arts-themed dorm...

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How many gifts did my true love give to me on all twelve nights…

January 5, 2011
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How many gifts did my true love give to me on all twelve nights of Christmas? After seeing Information is Beautiful’s recent information animation, I decided that I’d make my own. I used R to generate a PDF and then did a screencast of the PDF with ffmpeg to make a video with the appropriate timings. The code for the PDF...

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How many of each gift did my true love give to me?

January 4, 2011
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How many of each gift did my true love give to me?

How many of each gift did my true love give to me?

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Gifts my true love gave to me on all twelve days of Christmas

January 4, 2011
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Gifts my true love gave to me on all twelve days of Christmas

Gifts my true love gave to me on all twelve days of Christmas

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I had been wondering what impact my friending 200 people from my…

June 22, 2009
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I had been wondering what impact my friending 200 people from my…

I had been wondering what impact my friending 200 people from my Gmail address book had, so I scraped the dates from the notification emails. The plot shows notifications of friend requests from other people to me in black and confirmations of my requests to other people in red. That sudden and sharp increase at...

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