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Markdown or LaTeX?

October 19, 2013
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Markdown or LaTeX?

What happens if you ask for too much power from Markdown?R Markdown is one of the document formats that knitr supports, and it is probably the most popular one. I have been asked many times about the choice between Markdown and LaTeX, so I think I'...

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After Three Months I Cannot Reproduce My Own Book

September 5, 2013
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After Three Months I Cannot Reproduce My Own Book

I thought I could easily jump to a high standard (reproducibility), but I failed.Some of you may have noticed that the knitr book is finally out. Amazon is offering a good price at the moment, so if you are interested, you'd better hurry up.I a...

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My first Bioconductor conference (2013)

July 21, 2013
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My first Bioconductor conference (2013)

The BioC 2013 conference was held from July 17 to 19. I attended this conference for my first time, mainly because I'm working at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center this summer, and the conference venue was just downstairs! No flights, no hotel...

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R Package Versioning

June 27, 2013
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R Package Versioning

This should be what it feels like to bump the major version of your software:For me, the main reason for package versioning is to indicate the (slight or significant) differences among different versions of the same package, otherwise we can keep o...

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You Do Not Need to Tell Me I Have A Typo in My Documentation

June 10, 2013
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You Do Not Need to Tell Me I Have A Typo in My Documentation

So I just got yet yet another comment saying "you have a typo in your documentation". While I do appreciate these kind reminders, I think it might be a good exercise for those who want to try GIT and Github pull requests, which make it possible for y...

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A Few Tips for Writing an R Book

June 3, 2013
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A Few Tips for Writing an R Book

I just finished fixing (hopefully all) the problems in the knitr book returned from the copy editor. David Smith has kindly announced this book before I do. I do not have much to say about this book: almost everything in the book can be found in the on...

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Travis CI for R! (not yet)

April 12, 2013
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Travis CI for R! (not yet)

A few days ago I wrote about Travis CI, and was wondering if we could integrate the testing of R packages into this wonderful platform. A reader (Vincent Arel-Bundock) pointed out in the comments that Travis was running Ubuntu that allows you to install software packages at your will.I took a look at the documentation, and realized...

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Travis CI for R?

April 7, 2013
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Travis CI for R?

I'm always worried about CRAN: a system maintained by FTP and emails from real humans (basically one of Uwe, Kurt or Prof Ripley). I'm worried for two reasons:the number of R packages is growing exponentially; time and time again I see frustrations ...

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On ENAR, or Statistical Meetings in General

March 14, 2013
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Last year I accepted an invitation from Ben to go to ENAR 2013 -- my first ENAR. I used to go to JSM and useR!, and apparently I enjoy useR! most. The reason is not, or not only, because I'm more of a technical person. It is just hard to concentrate at large statistical conferences. I want...

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Contribute to The R Journal with LyX/knitr

February 17, 2013
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Contribute to The R Journal with LyX/knitr

(This paragraph is pure rant; feel free to skip it) I have been looking forward to the one-column LaTeX style of The R Journal, and it has arrived eventually. Last time I mentioned "it does not make sense to sell the cooked shrimps"; actually there is ...

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