Posts Tagged ‘ Ecology ’

Introduction to Bayesian Methods guest lecture

October 18, 2012
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Introduction to Bayesian Methods guest lecture

This is a talk I gave this week in Advanced Biostatistics at McGill. The goal was to provide an gentle introduction to Bayesian methodology and to demonstrate how it is used for inference and prediction. There is a link to an accompanying R script in the slides

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Continuous dispersal on a discrete lattice

September 27, 2012
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Continuous dispersal on a discrete lattice

Dispersal is a key process in many domains, and particularly in ecology. Individuals move in space, and this movement can be modelled as a random process following some kernel. The dispersal kernel is simply a probability distribution describing the distance travelled in a given time frame. Since space is continuous, it is natural to use

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Dynamical systems: Mapping chaos with R

July 13, 2012
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Dynamical systems: Mapping chaos with R

Chaos. Hectic, seemingly unpredictable, complex dynamics. In a word: fun. I usually stick to the warm and fuzzy world of stochasticity and probability distributions, but this post will be (almost) entirely devoid of randomness. While chaotic dynamics are entirely deterministic, their sensitivity to initial conditions can trick the observer into seeing iid. In ecology, chaotic

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Recology is 1 yr old…

December 23, 2011
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Recology is 1 yr old…

This blog has lasted a whole year already.  Thanks for reading and commenting. There are a couple of announcements:Less blogging:  I hope to put in many more years blogging here, but in full disclosure, I am blogging for Journal of Ecology no...

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Plotting grouped data vs time with error bars in R

October 31, 2011
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Plotting grouped data vs time with error bars in R

This is my first blog since joiningR-bloggers. I’m quite excited to be part of this group and apologize if I boreany experienced R users with my basic blogs for learning R or offendprogrammers with my inefficient, sloppy coding. Hopefully writing for...

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Plotting grouped data vs time with error bars in R

October 31, 2011
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Plotting grouped data vs time with error bars in R

This is my first blog since joining R-bloggers. I’m quite excited to be part of this group and apologize if I bore any experienced R users with my basic blogs for learning R or offend programmers with my inefficient, sloppy … Continue reading →

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Two new rOpenSci R packages are on CRAN

October 27, 2011
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Two new rOpenSci R packages are on CRAN

Carl Boettiger, a graduate student at UC Davis, just got two packages on CRAN.  One is treebase, which which handshakes with the Treebase API.  The other is rfishbase, which connects with the Fishbase, although I believe just scrapes XML cont...

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Two-sex demographic models in R

October 26, 2011
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Two-sex demographic models in R

Tom Miller (a prof here at Rice) and Brian Inouye have a paper out in Ecology (paper, appendices) that confronts two-sex models of dispersal with empirical data.They conducted the first confrontation of two-sex demographic models with empirical data on...

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Generating sets of permutations

October 21, 2011
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Generating sets of permutations

In previous posts I discussed how to generate a single permutation from a fully-randomised or restricted permutation design using shuffle(). Here I want to briefly mention the shuffleSet() function and illustrate it’s usage. Every time you call shuffle() it has to interpret the … Continue reading →

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Phylogenetic community structure: PGLMMs

October 13, 2011
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Phylogenetic community structure: PGLMMs

So, I've blogged about this topic before, way back on 5 Jan this year.Matt Helmus, a postdoc in the Wootton lab at the University of Chicago, published a paper with Anthony Ives in Ecological Monographs this year (abstract here).  The paper addres...

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