Articles by David Robinson

Can R and ggvis help solve Serial’s murder?

December 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

Like much of America, I followed season one of Sarah Koenig’s true-crime podcast Serial with an interest that bordered on obsession. Serial tells the story of the Baltimore 1999 murder of high-schooler Hae Min Lee, and of state prisoner Adnan Syed, who was convicted of the crime but to this ...
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Don’t teach built-in plotting to beginners (teach ggplot2)

December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

I have some experience teaching R programming (see, for instance, my online course). One of the atypical choices I make is to start by teaching Hadley Wickham’s ggplot2 package, rather than the built-in R plotting (see these videos). Many times that I mention this choice to others involved in ... [Read more...]

Are high-reputation users quitting Stack Overflow?

December 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

I spend a good amount of time on the programming Q+A site StackOverflow (and a smaller amount of time on its statistics sister site, Cross Validated). Recently this question on Meta Stack Overflow (the website’s discussion forum) caught my attention, raising the question of whether Stack Overflow had ... [Read more...]
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