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Grabbing Tables in Webpages Using the XML Package

October 24, 2010
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ables are pretty common in web pages as data sources, and the most direct way to get these data is probably to copy and paste. This is OK if there are only two or three tables, and when we need to grab 5000 tables in 1000 web pages, we may not really wish to fulfill

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On the Gory Loops in R

October 17, 2010
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his blog post is mainly for Stat 579 students on the homework for week 7, since I received too many “gory” loops in the homework submissions and I think it would help a bit to write my thoughts on R loops for beginners. The immortal motto for newbies in programming is: If you want to

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A Slider to Control Two Plotting Windows

September 28, 2010
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One of my readers asked two weeks ago how to control two graphics windows with the slider in gWidgets. Here is a simple example: if (!require("gWidgetsRGtk2")) install.packages("gWidgetsRGtk2") library(gWidgetsRGtk2) options(guiToolkit = "RGtk2") graphics.off() x11() x11() dev.set() gslider(from = 1, to = 100, value = 10,     container = gwindow("Two Plotting Windows"), handler = function(h, ...) {

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SyntaxHighlighter Brush for the R Language

September 11, 2010
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al Galili requested in the R-help mailing list for a SyntaxHighlighter brush for the R language, so that WordPress users can highlight their R code easily. I promised to contribute a few minutes on this task, and here is the result: /** * Author: Yihui Xie * URL: http://yihui.name/en/2010/09/syntaxhighlighter-brush-for-the-r-language * License: GPL-2 | GPL-3 */

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Auto-completion in Notepad++ for R Script

August 14, 2010
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Auto-completion in Notepad++ for R Script

Auto-completion is fancy in a text editor. Notepad++ does not support auto-completion for the R language, so I spent a couple of hours on creating such an XML file to support R: Put it under ‘plugins/APIs‘ in the installation directory of Notepad++ (you can see several other XML files there supporting different languages such as

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My Talk on Animations at useR! 2010 (NIST, Gaithersburg)

July 21, 2010
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My Talk on Animations at useR! 2010 (NIST, Gaithersburg)

As every useR knows, the useR! 2010 conference is being held at NIST in Gaithersburg these days. I have just finished my talk on the R package animation this afternoon. Here are my slides and R code for those who are interested: Have fun, even if you are a PhD! Related Postsalphahull: an R Package

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alphahull: an R Package for Alpha-Convex Hull

April 16, 2010
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alphahull: an R Package for Alpha-Convex Hull

new paper on the α-convex hull appeared in the Journal of Statistical Software today (http://www.jstatsoft.org/v34/i05/paper). The α-convex hull is an interesting problem which caught my attention long time ago but I didn’t know a solution then. R has a function chull() which can generate (indices of) the convex hull for a series of points. Now

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R is an Epic Fail?

April 15, 2010
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I came across this blog post just now: The Next Big Thing, and of course these words caught my attention: However, for me personally and for most users, both individual and organizational, the much greater cost of software is the time it takes to install it, maintain it, learn it and document it. On

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formatR: farewell to ugly R code

April 13, 2010
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formatR: farewell to ugly R code

It is not uncommon to see messy R code which is almost not human-readable like this: # rotation of the word "Animation" # in a loop; change the angle and color # step by step for (i in 1:360) { # redraw the plot again and again plot(1,ann=FALSE,type="n",axes=FALSE) # rotate; use rainbow() colors text(1,1,"Animation",srt=i,col=rainbow(360),cex=7*i/360) #

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Rules of Thumb to Meet R Gurus in the Help List

April 5, 2010
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Here is my personal list of rules of thumb for people who want to meet some R gurus (quickly) in the R help mailing list ([email protected]): If you want to meet Dr Bill Venables, just say something about Type III Sum of Squares (better if you also mention the “unbeatable” SAS); If you want to

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