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The Deepwater Horizon, in context

June 11, 2010
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The Deepwater Horizon, in context

The Earth is pretty big. Give or take, it's about 36,000 feet (11km) to the height of a 747 soaring above Everest, and (in pleasing symmetry) about the same distance down the bottom of the Mariana Trench. (Nonetheless, if you shrunk the Earth down to scale, it would still be smoother than a billiard ball.) So I was surprised...

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3 lines of R code to Process a Web Service

June 9, 2010
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3 lines of R code to Process a Web Service

Ruby is well known for its terse syntax and ability to process web services. I prefer JSON (Javascript Object Notation) to XML whenever possible. For example, a script to retrieve a list of World Bank Data takes all of three lines of code (after in...

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Thoughts on Making Data Work

June 9, 2010
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I really enjoyed all four talks at today's online conference, Making Data Work. (Disclosure: Revolution sponsored this conference.) I thought the four speakers together gave a great overview of issues related to the processing, analysis, and visualization of big data. Mike Driscoll started off with a useful categorization for data size. "Small Data" (<10Gb) fits in the memory of...

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PostGIS in Action Book Review

June 8, 2010
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PostGIS in Action Book Review

I was recently asked to review a soon to be published book on PostGIS, a spatial extension to the very popular Postgresql relational database. I was very excited about receiving an early copy of this book, as the authors have provided countless tips, ...

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biomaRt and GenomeGraphs: a worked example

June 6, 2010
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biomaRt and GenomeGraphs: a worked example

As promised a few posts ago, another demonstration of the excellent biomaRt package, this time in conjunction with GenomeGraphs. Here’s what we’re going to do: Grab some public microarray data Normalise and get a list of the most differentially-expressed probesets Use biomaRt to fetch the genes associated with those probesets Plot the data using GenomeGraphs

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“Programming with Data – a Guide to the S Language” by John Chambers

June 5, 2010
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“Programming with Data – a Guide to the S Language” by John Chambers

Another unashamedly subjective book review - but first a little more about my history as it relates to R...A few years ago, I was doing some systems administration work at an industrial company for whom IT was a cost center. I wanted to illustrate to...

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Making Data Work online conference

June 3, 2010
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O'Reilly is hosting a conference on June 9 on the topic of the analysis of large data sets. The title of the conference is Making Data Work: Ever since Hal Varian proclaimed that data analysis is the sexy career for the coming decade, people have been talking about data. And big data. And even bigger data. This online conference,...

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Marking Your Graphics

June 2, 2010
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Marking Your Graphics

Over at The Book Blog, Tango has a post about standardizing Pitch F/X graphs to be catcher/batter/umpire view. While I don't think this should necessarily be the case for all Pitch F/X graphics, it brings up another issue that I've had with some graph...

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R Commander – a good introductory GUI for R

June 1, 2010
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R Commander – a good introductory GUI for R

The R software is very powerful and flexible but one of the complaints of new users is that the learning curve is steep and can be daunting. There have been various projects to create GUIs for R with varying levels of sophistication, one of which is R Commander by John Fox. Fast Tube by Casper This interface

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Program for useR! 2010 announced

June 1, 2010
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The program of invited lectures, contributed talks and posters for this year's annual R user conference useR! 2010 is now available, and it looks to be another excellent event. (Revolution Analytics is a sponsor of useR! 2010.) Of note this year is an increasing focus on commercial applications of R, with no less than three multi-talk sessions on applications...

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