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GitHub Package Ideas I Stole

August 31, 2013
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GitHub Package Ideas I Stole

One of my favorite sources of good ideas is looking at the GitHub repositories of others and modeling my repos after the good ideas I see others doing. Here's Steve Jobs on stealing ideas: In the past few weeks I've … Continue reading →

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How do I re-arrange??: Ordering a plot revisited

August 14, 2013
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How do I re-arrange??: Ordering a plot revisited

Back in October of last year I wrote a blog post about reordering/rearanging plots. This was, and continues to be, a frequent question on list serves and R help sites. In light of my recent studies/presenting on The Mechanics of … Continue reading →

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ggplot2 Chloropleth of Supreme Court Decisions: A Tutorial

July 4, 2013
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ggplot2 Chloropleth of Supreme Court Decisions: A Tutorial

I don't do much GIS but I like to. It's rather enjoyable and involves a tremendous skill set. Often you will find your self grabbing data sets from some site, scraping, data cleaning and reshaping, and graphing. On the ride … Continue reading →

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The Mechanics of Data Visualization

July 2, 2013
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The Mechanics of Data Visualization

I recently presented about the mechanics of data visualization at the CLaRI Literacy Conference to a group of researchers, teachers and school administrators. The presentation is based on the work of Few (2012; 2009). While the presentation itself is not about … Continue reading →

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qdap 0.2.2 released

May 20, 2013
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qdap 0.2.2 released

I’m very pleased to announce the release of qdap 0.2.2 This is the third installment of the qdap package available at CRAN. The qdap package automates many of the tasks associated with quantitative discourse analysis of transcripts containing discourse, including … Continue reading →

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Sharing my R notes

May 18, 2013
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Sharing my R notes

I started working with R 2 1/2 years ago. I remember opening R closing it and thinking it was the dumbest thing ever (command line to a non programmer is not inviting). Now it’s my constant friend. From the beginning … Continue reading →

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Animations Understood

May 11, 2013
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Animations Understood

When I first saw a graphic made from Yihui’s animation package (Xie, 2013) I was amazed at the magic and thought “I could never do that”. Passage of time… One night I found myself bored and as usual avoiding work. … Continue reading →

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knitr2wordpress and gradient_cloud Revisited

March 19, 2013
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knitr2wordpress and gradient_cloud Revisited

This post serves three function: It allows me to revisit an old blogpost It let's me test out the new-ish knitr function knti2wp and RWordPress It enables me to avoid the massive ammount of reading I need to do and … Continue reading →

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qdap 0.2.1 Released

March 13, 2013
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qdap 0.2.1 Released

I’m very pleased to announce the release of qdap 0.2.1 This is the second installment of the qdap package available at CRAN. The qdap package automates many of the tasks associated with quantitative discourse analysis of transcripts containing discourse, including … Continue reading →

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reports 0.1.2 Released

March 12, 2013
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reports 0.1.2 Released

I’m very pleased to announce the release of reports : An R package to assist in the workflow of writing academic articles and other reports. This is the first CRAN release of reports: http://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/reports/index.html The reports package assists in writing … Continue reading →

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