Articles by flodel

R and the last comma

March 31, 2013 | flodel

In R, every comma matters. When creating a vector, c(1, 2, 5) will do the right thing, but add one unfortunate comma and c(1, 2, 5,) will greet you with a deadly Error in c(1, 2, 5, ) : argument 4 is empty. Other languages like Perl are less strict when defining basic data structures: having a comma after ... [Read more...]

How I cracked Troyis (the online flash game)

November 11, 2012 | flodel

Troyis™ is an addictive online flash game where you move a chess knight through increasingly difficult puzzles. After hours and hours of playing, sometimes late into the night, I decided I'd waste even more of my time and write a little program tha...
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Optical Art with R

July 16, 2012 | flodel

Last week, in a post entitled Bridget Riley exhibition in London, the author Markus Gesmann wrote an R script reproducing one of Riley's famous art pieces: Movement in Squares.This reminded me of my own first "brush" with Op art. It was in art class ye...
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A gallery view for Craigslist

May 1, 2012 | flodel

As much as I love Craigslist, I sometimes find the interface a bit limited. My biggest wish? That there was an option for showing the search results as an image gallery, like eBay has. This could prove quite useful for browsing things like antiques,...
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The 50 most used R packages

April 5, 2012 | flodel

Ask anyone what makes R a great language, one argument that often comes back is its very active community. Proof is the impressive number of packages contributed by developers from all horizons and backgrounds. The CRAN website alone lists 3,725 p...
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