R Tip: Use qc() For Fast Legible Quoting

February 17, 2018
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Here is an R tip. Need to quote a lot of names at once? Use qc(). This is particularly useful in selecting columns from data.frames: library("wrapr") # get qc() definition head(mtcars) # mpg cyl wt # Mazda RX4 21.0 6 2.620 # Mazda RX4 Wag 21.0 6 2.875 # Datsun 710 22.8 … Continue reading R...

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R markdown blog template

February 16, 2018
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R markdown blog template

This blog post is mostly for myself but maybe it’s useful to others. It contains my current R markdown blog template. I initially posted this as a question at...

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Pym.js Library Vulnerability in widgetframe Package

February 16, 2018
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Pym.js Library Vulnerability in widgetframe Package

What’s Up? The NPR Visuals Team created and maintains a javascript library that makes it super easy to embed iframes on web pages and have said documents still be...

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Books I liked in 2017 by @ellis2013nz

February 16, 2018
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Books I liked in 2017 by @ellis2013nz

I last blogged about books in September 2016 and it’s still in my 10 most popular posts. I thought I’d update it with some of the data-relevant books...

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Mix ggplot2 graphs with your favorite memes. memery 0.4.2 released.

February 16, 2018
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Mix ggplot2 graphs with your favorite memes. memery 0.4.2 released.

Make memorable plots with memery. memery is an R package that generates internet memes including superimposed inset graphs and other atypical features, combining the visual impact of an attention-grabbing...

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RSiteCatalyst Version 1.4.14 Release Notes

February 15, 2018
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Like the last several updates, this blog post will be fairly short, given only a single bug fix was added. Thanks again to GitHub user leocwlau who reported that the...

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Importing 30GB of data in R with sparklyr

February 15, 2018
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Importing 30GB of data in R with sparklyr

Disclaimer: the first part of this blog post draws heavily from Working with CSVs on the Command Line, which is a beautiful resource that lists very nice tips and...

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Affordable automatic deployment of Spark and HDFS with Kubernetes and Gitlab CI/CD

February 15, 2018
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Summary Running an application on Spark with external dependencies, such as R and python packages, requires the installation of these dependencies on all the workers. To automate this tedious process,...

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A fresh look for base graphics

February 15, 2018
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A fresh look for base graphics

While ggplot2 (and its various extensions) is often the go-to package for graphics in R these days, if you need to step outside the boundaries of what ggplot2 can...

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We Want to be Playing with a Moderate Number of Powerful Blocks

February 15, 2018
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Many data scientists (and even statisticians) often suffer under one of the following misapprehensions: They believe a technique doesn’t work in their current situation (when in fact it does),...

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Update on My Collaboration with the Census Bureau

February 14, 2018
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Update on My Collaboration with the Census Bureau

In November I announced a new collaboration with the Census Bureau around data science training. Today I’d like to provide an update on this project.... The post Update on My...

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Easily Make Multi-tabbed .xlsx Files with openxlsx

February 14, 2018
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This is a quick script showing how to make multi-tabbed .xlsx files. I recently had the need to do this and used the flexible openxlsx package maintained by :...

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What is the best online dating site and the best way to use it?

February 14, 2018
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What is the best online dating site and the best way to use it?

Somebody recently shared this with me, this is what happens when you attempt to access Parship, an online dating site, from the anonymous Tor Browser. Experian is basically a private...

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Edwina Dunn to keynote at enterprise focused R language conference

February 14, 2018
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Edwina Dunn to keynote at enterprise focused R language conference

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Tutorial : Build Webapp in R using Shiny

February 14, 2018
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Tutorial : Build Webapp in R using Shiny

In this tutorial, we will cover how to build shiny app from scratch in R. It includes various examples which would help you to get familiar with shiny package.Shiny...

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Mandalas

February 14, 2018
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Mandalas

Mathematics is a place where you can do things which you can’t do in the real world (Marcus Du Sautoy, mathematician) From time to time I have a look...

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BH 1.66.0-1

February 13, 2018
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A new release of the BH package arrived on CRAN a little earlier: now at release 1.66.0-1. BH provides a sizeable portion of the Boost C++ libraries as...

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jamovi for R: Easy but Controversial

February 13, 2018
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jamovi for R: Easy but Controversial

jamovi is software that aims to simplify two aspects of using R. It offers a point-and-click graphical user interface (GUI). It also provides functions that combines the capabilities of...

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Deep learning at rstudio::conf 2018

February 13, 2018
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Deep learning at rstudio::conf 2018

Two weeks ago, rstudio::conf 2018 was held in San Diego. We had 1,100 people attend the sold-out event. In this post, I summarize my experience of the talks...

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Introducing the 2018 rOpenSci Research Fellows!

Introducing the 2018 rOpenSci Research Fellows!

rOpenSci’s mission is to enable and support a thriving community of researchers who embrace open and reproducible research practices as part of their work. Since our inception, one of...

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Regularized Greedy Forest in R

February 13, 2018
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This blog post is about my newly released RGF package (the blog post consists mainly of the package Vignette). The RGF package is a wrapper...

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Supervised vs. Unsupervised Learning: Exploring Brexit with PLS and PCA

February 13, 2018
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Supervised vs. Unsupervised Learning: Exploring Brexit with PLS and PCA

Outcome Supervision Yesterday I was part of an introductory session on machine learning and unsurprisingly, the issue of supervised vs. unsupervised learning came up. In social sciences, there is a definite...

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Sentiment Analysis of 5 popular romantic comedies

February 13, 2018
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Sentiment Analysis of 5 popular romantic comedies

Background With Valentine’s Day coming up, I was thinking about a fun analysis that I could convert into a blog post. Inspired by a beautiful visualization “Based on a True True...

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Teaching Luxembourgish to my computer

Teaching Luxembourgish to my computer

How we taught a computer to understand Luxembourguish Today we reveal a project that Kevin and myself have been working on for the past 2 months, Liss. Liss is a...

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Support for hOCR and Tesseract 4 in R

Support for hOCR and Tesseract 4 in R

Earlier this month we released a new version of the tesseract package to CRAN. This package provides R bindings to Google’s open source optical character recognition (OCR) engine Tesseract. Two...

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weakly informative reparameterisations

February 13, 2018
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weakly informative reparameterisations

Our paper, weakly informative reparameterisations of location-scale mixtures, with Kaniav Kamary and Kate Lee, got accepted by JCGS! Great news, which comes in perfect timing for Kaniav as she...

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What does Microsoft do with R?

February 13, 2018
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I was genuinely chuffed to get a shout-out in the most recent episode of Not So Standard Deviations, the awesome statistics-and-R themed podcast hosted by Hilary Parker and Roger...

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shinyalert: Easily create pretty popup messages (modals) in Shiny

February 13, 2018
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shinyalert: Easily create pretty popup messages (modals) in Shiny

A brand new shiny package has entered the world yesterday: shinyalert. It does only one thing, but does it well: show a message to the...

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Is 10,000 Cells Big?

February 12, 2018
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Is 10,000 Cells Big?

Trick question: is a 10,000 cell numeric data.frame big or small? In the era of "big data" 10,000 cells is minuscule. Such data could be fit on fewer than...

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