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Making Simple Packages in R on Windows

June 8, 2011
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Making Simple Packages in R on Windows

There are any number of short tutorials on making add on R packages on your Windows machine. This is yet another version of that process. I’ve explained what I did in 10 easy steps on the pages, but I’ll give a brief overview here. In the first step I spent some time updating my R

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Stratigraphic diagrams using analogue

June 8, 2011
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Stratigraphic diagrams using analogue

One of the routine tasks palaeoecologists do is plot data on species composition or geochemical proxies say along a sediment core or stratigraphic sequence. These diagrams are the canonical way of displaying stratigraphic data in this field. An example of … Continue reading →

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Generating unique random IDs

June 7, 2011
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Generating unique random IDs

Recently I was asked to help create random IDs for someone. At first I thought, ‘Ah yup, 1:x (1,2,3, …,x), job done’. Then I thought that there had to be a R function/package to create better looking IDs, to which I didn’t find one, if there is, please let me know. In the mean time

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In case you missed it: May Roundup

June 6, 2011
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In case you missed them, here are some articles from May of particular interest to R users. A review of "R Cookbook", a new how-to book for R programmers. A detailed example of using the RevoScaleR package to analyze a large airline data set. A new guide for R beginners, "How to Learn R", provides links to R resources,...

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10 R One Liners to Impress Your Friends

June 5, 2011
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Following the trend of one liners for various languages (Haskell, Scala, Python), here's some examples in RMultiply Each Item in a List by 2#listslapply(list(1:4),function(n){n*2})# otherwise(1:4)*2 Sum a List of Numbers#listslapply(list(1:4),sum)# oth...

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Always learn and never know

June 3, 2011
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Always learn and never know

I have been using R for about two years, with no previous coding background. So, I feel like the title says, “always learn and never know”. This time, I decided to use R to study a simple, non-statistical problem that came up some time ago. Suppose the exponential function 2^x and the parabola x^2. One

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New version of analogue (0.7-0)

June 1, 2011
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New version of analogue (0.7-0)

Last week I pushed an update of my analogue package to CRAN. The last release (0.6-23) was on CRAN sometime in Mar 2010 so an update was well overdue. This (0.7-0) is a major update to analogue containing lots of … Continue reading →

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Minor update to Vegan (1.17-10)

June 1, 2011
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Minor update to Vegan (1.17-10)

I overlooked blogging about this at the time, but Jari released a minor update to our Vegan package to fix a few issues following release of R 2.13-0. As far as the user is concerned, this mainly affects capscale(). metaMDSrotate(), … Continue reading →

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A dubious statistics

May 31, 2011
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A dubious statistics

Following a link on R-bloggers, I ended up on this page (with a completely useless graph that only contained the pieces of information 5% in 1900 and 55% in 2000). The author (Ralph Keeney) reports on “A remarkable 55 percent of deaths for people age 15 to 64 can be attributed to decisions with readily

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sab-R-metrics: GIF Movies and Pitch Flights (Guest Post)

May 31, 2011
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sab-R-metrics: GIF Movies and Pitch Flights (Guest Post)

A couple weeks ago, I received an email from a fellow Pitch F/Xer and R-User, Josh Weinstock, asking if I was interested in a guest post here at Prince of Slides. I didn't think I was important enough to have talented guests posting at my blog; howeve...

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