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Two-sex demographic models in R

October 26, 2011
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Two-sex demographic models in R

Tom Miller (a prof here at Rice) and Brian Inouye have a paper out in Ecology (paper, appendices) that confronts two-sex models of dispersal with empirical data.They conducted the first confrontation of two-sex demographic models with empirical data on...

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New food web dataset

October 14, 2011
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New food web dataset

So, there is a new food web dataset out that was put in Ecological Archives here, and I thought I would play with it. The food web is from Otago Harbour, an intertidal mudflat ecosystem in New Zealand. The web contains 180 nodes, with 1,924 links. Fu...

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Phylogenetic community structure: PGLMMs

October 13, 2011
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Phylogenetic community structure: PGLMMs

So, I've blogged about this topic before, way back on 5 Jan this year.Matt Helmus, a postdoc in the Wootton lab at the University of Chicago, published a paper with Anthony Ives in Ecological Monographs this year (abstract here).  The paper addres...

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R talk on regular expressions (regex)

October 6, 2011
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R talk on regular expressions (regex)

Regular expressions are a powerful in any language to manipulate, search, etc. data. For example:> fruit <- c("apple", "banana", "pear", "pineapple")> fruit "apple" "banana" "pear" "pineapple"> grep("a", fruit) # there is an ...

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R tutorial on visualizations/graphics

September 30, 2011
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R tutorial on visualizations/graphics

Rolf Lohaus, a Huxley postdoctoral fellow here in the EEB dept at Rice University, gave our R course a talk on basic visualizations in R this morning.Enjoy!

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My take on an R introduction talk

September 9, 2011
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My take on an R introduction talk

Here is a short intro R talk I gave today...for what it's worth...R Introduction View more presentations from schamber

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rnpn: An R interface for the National Phenology Network

August 31, 2011
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rnpn: An R interface for the National Phenology Network

The team at rOpenSci and I have been working on a wrapper for the USA National Phenology Network API. The following is a demo of some of the current possibilities. We will have more functions down the road. Get the publicly available code, and contribu...

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Tenure track position in systematics at the University of Vermont

August 22, 2011
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Tenure track position in systematics at the University of Vermont

There is an awesome position opening up for an assistant professor in systematics at the University of Vermont. Below is the announcement, and see the original post at the Distributed Ecology blog. Why is this related to R? One can do a lot of systemat...

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(#ESA11) rOpenSci: a collaborative effort to develop R-based tools for facilitating Open Science

August 8, 2011
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(#ESA11) rOpenSci: a collaborative effort to develop R-based tools for facilitating Open Science

Our development team would like to announce the launch of rOpenSci. As the title states, this project aims to create R packages to make open science more available to researchers. http://ropensci.org/ What this means is t...

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CRdata vs. Cloudnumbers

July 14, 2011
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CRdata vs. Cloudnumbers

Cloudnumbers and CRdata are two new cloud computing services.I tested the two services with a very simple script. The script simply creates a dataframe of 10000 numbers via rnorm, and assigns them to a factor of one of two levels (a or b). I then take ...

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