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Dotplot – the single most useful yet largely neglected dataviz type

July 18, 2019
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Dotplot – the single most useful yet largely neglected dataviz type

I have to confess that the core message of this post is not really a fresh saying. But if I was given a chance to deliver one dataviz advise to every (ha-ha-ha) listening mind, I’d choose this: forget multi-category bar plots and use dotplots instead.

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Zotero hacks: unlimited synced storage and its smooth use with rmarkdown

March 13, 2019
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Zotero hacks: unlimited synced storage and its smooth use with rmarkdown

Here is a bit refreshed translation of my 2015 blog post, initially published on Russian blog platform habr.com. The post shows how to organize a personal academic library of unlimited size for free. This is a funny case of a self written manual which I came back to multiple times myself and many many more times referred my friends...

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See you in Barcelona this summer

March 6, 2019
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See you in Barcelona this summer

Have you been feeling lately that you are missing out the coolest skill-set in academia? Here is you chance to cut in and dive into R. In July BaRacelona Summer School of Demography welcomes dedicated scholars, aspiring or established, to help th...

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Compare population age structures of Europe NUTS-3 regions and the US counties using ternary color-coding

December 2, 2018
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Compare population age structures of Europe NUTS-3 regions and the US counties using ternary color-coding

On 28 November 2018 I presented a poster at Dutch Demography Day in Utrecht. Here it is:

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sjrdata: all SCImago Journal & Country Rank data, ready for R

September 22, 2018
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sjrdata: all SCImago Journal & Country Rank data, ready for R

SCImago Journal & Country Rank provides valuable estimates of academic journals’ prestige. The data is freely available at the project website and is distributed for deeper analysis in forms of .csv and .xlsx files. I downloaded all the files a...

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Regional population structures at a glance

July 20, 2018
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Regional population structures at a glance

I am happy to announce that our paper is published today in The Lancet. Kashnitsky, I., & Schöley, J. (2018). Regional population structures at a glance. The Lancet, 392(10143), 209–210. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(18)31194-2 At a...

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Deep Catalan roots: playing with stringdist

June 3, 2018
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Deep Catalan roots: playing with stringdist

Preambule

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A perfect RStudio layout

May 21, 2018
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A perfect RStudio layout

Tiny things can separate life into “before” and “after”. Here is one. For almost a year I’ve been daily sending mental “thank you” to Ugo (@ugobas) who showed me how to re-organize panes in RStudio. Since then I’ve been spreading this tiny improvement so many times that I thought the tiny advise deserved a separate tiny post. Please note,...

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Data acquisition in R (3/4)

December 9, 2017
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Data acquisition in R (3/4)

R is an incredible tool for reproducible research. In the present series of blog posts I want to show how one can easily acquire data within an R session, documenting every step in a fully reproducible way. There are numerous data acquisition options for R users. Of course, I do not attempt to show all the data possibilities and...

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Data acquisition in R (2/4)

November 6, 2017
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Data acquisition in R (2/4)

R is an incredible tool for reproducible research. In the present series of blog posts I want to show how one can easily acquire data within an R session, documenting every step in a fully reproducible way. There are numerous data acquisition options for R users. Of course, I do not attempt to show all the data possibilities and...

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