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gganimation for the nation

January 5, 2019
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gganimation for the nation

gganimate hits CRAN - At the NHS_R conference back in October, I showed a few ways of building animations using gifski - I also wrote up the method I used in an earlier post right here. And, the source code for all this stuff is available f...

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Twins on the up

December 12, 2018
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Twins on the up

Are multiple births on the increase? My twin boys turned 5 years old today. Wow, time flies. Life is never dull, because twins are still seen as something of a novelty, so wherever we go, we find ourselves in conversation with strangers, who...

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Creating and saving multiple plots to Powerpoint

November 29, 2018
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At the NHS R conference we delivered a session on animating patient flow. This started with a single plot showing all patient movements, and then I demonstrated the ability to create a faceted plot. But, with many different areas, and a smal...

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Thoughts on the NHS-R conference

October 30, 2018
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It’s been a few weeks since the first NHS-R conference was held in Birmingham. I co-presented a couple of workshops with Neil Pettinger on visualising patient flow, covering the following importing from Excel (and connecting to SQ...

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Where am I?

September 22, 2018
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Notes on the here package - The here package is pretty simple ( only 3 functions), but I cannot remember how to use it to navigate folders, so this is my aide-memoire. It might be useful for others too. Here finds the root of your current fo...

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Mid Table Mediocrity

August 10, 2018
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Mid Table Mediocrity

Visualising potential winners in the Scottish Championship - Last August, I was given a surprise gift of a season ticket to watch my local football team, Inverness Caledonian Thistle. They’d been relegated from the top league in Scotland t...

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More tidy evaluation with ggplot2

July 3, 2018
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More tidy evaluation with ggplot2

Following up the follow up - After my previous post, my good friend David Henderson asked a good question on Twitter ( it happens :)) To be honest, I hadn’t even noticed there was no tilde (the ‘~’ ) in my call to facet_wrap. So I did a little experiment : library(dplyr) library(ggplot2) library(tidyr) library(tibble) data

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Tidily evaluated ggplot2

July 3, 2018
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Tidily evaluated ggplot2

Test driving the new release of ggplot2 - A new release of ggplot2 Now that tidy evaluation is baked into ggplot2, as of TODAY, let’s take it for a spin: ggplot2 3.0.0 %__% create function %__% test function %__% end library(dplyr) library(ggplot2) library(tidyr) library(tibble) data

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Even Simpler SQL

June 2, 2018
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I’ve had some feedback on the last post, and rather than repeat the same thing multiple times, I’m going all @drob, and writing this instead.. When I tweeted out the link to my post I gave it the tag line “why I’d rather write dplyr than SQL”. What I couldn’t fit in to the tweet was that this was based on...

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simpler SQL with dplyr

May 31, 2018
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simpler SQL with dplyr

comparing dplyr with SQL nested queries - Following on from my last post, where I demonstrated R to some first time R users, I want to do a wee comparison of dplyr V SQL, so that folks, particularly those in the NHS who might be R curious, can see just what the fuss is about. To do so...

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