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Google Scholar (still) sucks

November 13, 2011
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(This is a follow-up to my previous post on the topic.)I was encouraged by the appearance of two R-based Scholar-scrapers, within a week of each other. One, by Kay Cichini, converts the page URLs into text mode and scrapes from there (There's a slightl...

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Unicode symbols in R

May 2, 2011
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Unicode symbols in R

A friend asked me this morning if there was a way to plot a symbol in R (as a plotting character) representing a half-filled circle. I didn't know, but I figured this out (perhaps it's demonstrated elsewhere -- the ability to use Unicode symbols was added in 2008 or so -- but I didn't stumble across it). First, looking...

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BUGS and related

April 8, 2011
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(People who aren't interested in automated Markov chain Monte Carlo sampling, or have no idea what it is, should probably stop reading now.)Got an e-mail from a student trying to get the WinBUGS examples in Chapter 7 of the book to work, on MacOS under...

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