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SoilWeb iPhone App: Beta-Testers?

February 23, 2010
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SoilWeb iPhone App: Beta-Testers?

iPhone App Screenshot rev 0.2 - icon iphone App Screenshot rev 0.2 - in Fresno   More Updates: The application is now...

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Numerical Integration/Differentiation in R: FTIR Spectra

February 23, 2010
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Numerical Integration/Differentiation in R: FTIR Spectra

  Stumbled upon an excellent example of how to perform numerical integration in R. Below is an example of piece-wise linear and spline fits to FTIR data, and the resulting computed area under the curve. With a high density of points, it seems like the linear approximation is most efficient and sufficiently accurate. With very large...

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Visual Interpretation of Principal Coordinates (of) Neighbor Matrices (PCNM)

February 21, 2010
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Principal Coordinates (of) Neighbor Matrices (PCNM) is an interesting algorithm, developed by P. Borcard and P. Legendre at the University of Montreal, for the multi-scale analysis of spatial structure. This algorithm is typically applied to a distance matrix, computed from the coordinates where some environmental data were collected. The resulting "PCNM vectors" are commonly used to describe...

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Two New Soils-Related KMZ Demos

February 10, 2010
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Two New Soils-Related KMZ Demos

LCC KMZ Soil Texture KMZ   Forgot to post these KMZ files: 1-km scale, aggregate LCC and soil texture data, derived from SSURGO. These are part of a series of KMZ / raster...

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Updates to SoilWeb

January 17, 2010
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Updates to SoilWeb

Soil Profiles in Color Added color support to the mini-profiles used in graphical map unit summaries, the Google Earth interface, and iPhone application. SSURGO doesn't contain soil color data, so colors (in Munsell notation) were extracted from the OSD database, and...

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Interesting use of levelplot() for time series data

January 16, 2010
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Interesting use of levelplot() for time series data

levelplot example: soil temperature (left) and moisture (right) Several recent articles appeared on the R-bloggers feed aggregator that demonstrated an interesting visualization of time series data using color. This style of visualization was readily adapted for the time...

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Estimated Net Worth of SoilWeb- Our Online Soil Survey

December 28, 2009
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According to the excellent source code evaluation tool, SLOCCount, our online soil survey (SoilWeb) code is worth about $268,543 and would require about 2 years of development time to re-create from scratch with a single developer working full-time. This is a fairly close estimate, as I have been working (part-time) on this code-base for 3 years now...

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Un-Wrapping a Sphere with R

December 8, 2009
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Un-Wrapping a Sphere with R

  Premise I was recently asked to print out a fabric pattern that could be used to cover a sphere, about the size of a ping pong ball, for the purposes of re-creating a favorite cat toy (quite important). Thinking this over, I realized that this was basically a map projection problem-- and could probably be solved by scaling...

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New R-Forge Site for Quantitative Pedology

November 8, 2009
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New R-Forge Site for Quantitative Pedology

Just back from the annual meetings, and it looks like there is a significant interest in collaborative R coding of soils-related algorithms and visualization. A new R-forge site has been created to host Algorithms for Quantitative Pedology. Public release of the 'soil' package should be ready in a couple weeks. Soil Profile Dendrogram

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Aggregating SSURGO Data in R

September 10, 2009
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Aggregating SSURGO Data in R

  Premise SSURGO is a digital, high-resolution (1:24,000), soil survey database produced by the USDA-NRCS. It is one of the largest and most complete spatial databases in the world; and is available for nearly the entire USA at no cost. These data are distributed as a combination of geographic and text data, representing soil map units and their...

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