Articles by expansed

SNA: Visualising an email box with R

August 10, 2011 | expansed

Are statistics sexy? Visualising social networks certainly is! I wrote a little function, which makes producing beautiful plots depicting a mailbox with R an extremely easy task. I find visualisations of ‘social graphs’ particularly appealing. They look like flowers. I … Continue reading → [Read more...]

Visualising Wikipedia search statistics with R

August 6, 2011 | expansed

I have been playing with R to parse html. After reading about visualising “fantasy football” search traffic with RGoogleTrends at The Log Cabin blog I decided to write a few functions to do similar things with Wikipedia search statistics. This … Continue reading → [Read more...]

R as a cure for ‘mindless statistics’?

August 5, 2011 | expansed

Several years ago Gerd Gigerenzer wrote: “Statistical rituals largely eliminate statistical thinking in the social sciences. Rituals are indispensable for identification with social groups, but they should be the subject rather than the procedure of science. Statistical rituals largely eliminate … Continue reading → [Read more...]

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