Articles by Brian Connelly

R Phone Home: Notifications with pushoverr

November 23, 2016 | Brian Connelly

There are a lot of times when it would be great if your computer talked to you. pushoverr allows you to send yourself or your group notifications from R. Instead of compulsively checking the status of a running job, you can just have R tell you when it’s done, ... [Read more...]

Connecting R to Everything with IFTTT

June 18, 2015 | Brian Connelly

IFTTT ("if this then that") is one of my favorite tools. I use it to keep and share articles, turn on my home's lights at sundown, alert me when certain keywords are mentioned on Twitter/Reddit/etc., and many other things. Recently, the great people at IFTTT announced the Maker ... [Read more...]

Plotting Microtiter Plate Maps

May 1, 2014 | Brian Connelly

I recently wrote about my workflow for Analyzing Microbial Growth with R. Perhaps the most important part of that process is the plate map, which describes the different experimental variables and where they occur. In the example case, the plate map described which strain was growing and in which environment … [Read more...]

Analyzing Microbial Growth with R

April 9, 2014 | Brian Connelly

In experimental evolution research, few things are more important than growth. Both the rate of growth and the resulting yield can provide direct insights into a strain or species’ fitness. Whether one strain with a trait of interest can outgrow (and outcompete) another that possesses a variation of that trait … [Read more...]

Creating Colorblind-Friendly Figures

October 16, 2013 | Brian Connelly

Color is often used to display an extra dimension in plots of scientific data. Unfortunately, everyone does not decode color in exactly the same way. This is especially true for those with color vision deficiency, which affects up to 8 percent of the population in its 2 most common forms. As … [Read more...]

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