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Tips for R Package Creation

December 30, 2012
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Tips for R Package Creation

I’m being tortured by the mistakes of my past self. I think I’ve made most every mistake possible in creating a package and I want to go back in time and tell year ago me all I know now. But … Continue reading →

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Gradient Word Clouds

November 12, 2012
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Gradient Word Clouds

I like word clouds because they are visually appealing and provide a ton of information in a small space. Ever since I saw Drew Conway’s post (LINK) I have been looking for ways to improve word clouds. One of the … Continue reading →

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Presidential Debates 2012

October 23, 2012
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Presidential Debates 2012

I have been playing with the beta version of qdap utilizing the presidential debates as a data set. qdap is in a beta phase lacking documentation though I’m getting there. In previous blog posts (presidential debate 1 LINK and VP … Continue reading →

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How do I re-arrange…?: Ordering a plot.

October 15, 2012
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How do I re-arrange…?: Ordering a plot.

One of the most widely seen FAQ coming across list serves and R help sites is the question: “How do I re-arrange/re-order (plotting geom/aesthetic such as bar/labels) in a (insert plot type here) using(insert graphics system here) in R?” . … Continue reading →

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Vice Presidential Debates with qdap-beta

October 13, 2012
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Vice Presidential Debates with qdap-beta

After the presidential debates I used the beta version of qdap to provide some initial surface level analysis (LINK to Presidential Debates with qdap-beta). In the comments of that post, annon (a commenter) provided a link to an analysis/visualization that … Continue reading →

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Splitting and Combining R pdf Graphics

October 7, 2012
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Splitting and Combining R pdf Graphics

A question that often comes across various help lists is how to combine or split an output from an R graphics device. Maybe you have looped/combined multiple visuals into a single pdf to avoid cluttering your working directory and now … Continue reading →

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Presidential Debates with qdap-beta

October 4, 2012
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Presidential Debates with qdap-beta

qdap brief intro For the past year I’ve been working on a package (qdap) to assist my field in quantitative discourse analysis; basically looking at patterns in language. It’s still a ways from being finished and lacks documentation (roxygen2 is … Continue reading →

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Add Text Annotations to ggplot2 Faceted Plot (an easier approach)

September 6, 2012
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Add Text Annotations to ggplot2 Faceted Plot (an easier approach)

I recently posted a blog about adding text to a ggplot2 faceted plot (LINK). I was unhappy with the amount of time it takes to create the text data frame to then label the plot. And then yesterday when the … Continue reading →

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Add Text Annotations to ggplot2 Faceted Plot

August 31, 2012
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Add Text Annotations to ggplot2 Faceted Plot

In my experience with R learners there are two basic types. The “show me the code and what it does and let me play” type and the “please give me step by step directions” type. I’ve broken the following tutorial … Continue reading →

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Parallelization: Speed up Functions in a Package

August 18, 2012
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Parallelization: Speed up Functions in a Package

Well I bought a new computer a month back (i7 8GB memory). Finally more than one core and a chance to try parallelization. I saw this blog post a while back and was intrigued and was further intriqued when I … Continue reading →

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