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2016 Australian Federal Election Flexdashboard

August 1, 2016
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Here in the land down under we've finally completed our Federal election. We complain that it seems to go on for too long, but it's a brief distraction compared to the USA electoral process. I managed to do a small...Continue Reading →

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Images as x-axis labels (updated)

June 2, 2016
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Images as x-axis labels (updated)

They say "if you want to find an answer on the internet, just present a wrong one as fact. Then wait." It didn't take long, actually. Despite my searches while trying to get images into x-axis labels it seems I...Continue Reading →

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Images as x-axis labels

June 2, 2016
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Images as x-axis labels

Open-source software is awesome. If I found that a piece of closed-source software was missing a feature that I wanted, well, bad luck. I probably couldn't even tell if was actually missing or if I just didn't know about it....Continue Reading →

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From a (set.)seed grows a mighty dataset

May 30, 2016
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Can you predict the output from this code? Okay, the first bit is straightforward; it’s a function that puts two string together into one. The next two lines appear to provide a random integer to the set.seed function then sample...Continue Reading →

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Bad Neighbours (no, not the movie)

April 29, 2016
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Bad Neighbours (no, not the movie)

Another day, another compulsion to see if I can do any better than someone's solution. This one also comes from the FiveThiryEight Puzzler challenge courtesy of Xi'an The original challenge this time was The misanthropes are coming. Suppose there is...Continue Reading →

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Solving Inequality (the math kind)

April 27, 2016
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Solving Inequality (the math kind)

This neat approach showed up recently as an answer to a FiveThirtyEight puzzle and of course I couldn't help but throw it at dplyr as soon as I could. Turns out that's not a terrible idea. The question posed is...Continue Reading →

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#auunconf slack users’ timezone locations

April 14, 2016
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#auunconf slack users’ timezone locations

I had never used slack before, but had read a heap of tech articles extolling its virtues. Apparently this is what our current Prime Minister advocates within Cabinet. The upcoming #auunconf organising team set up a channel and invited the...Continue Reading →

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Simpler isn’t always faster

April 14, 2016
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Simpler isn’t always faster

My name is Jonathan, and I have a coding obsession. I'll admit it, the Hadleyverse has ruined me. I can no longer read a blog post or stackoverflow question in base R and leave it be. There are improvements to...Continue Reading →

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52vis Week 2 Challenge — Australian Version

April 12, 2016
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52vis Week 2 Challenge — Australian Version

I mapped out the USA homelessness rate in my last post as a challenge and noted at the end that it would be interesting to do the same for Australia. That was the first comment I received in person, too....Continue Reading →

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52vis Week 2 Challenge

April 10, 2016
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52vis Week 2 Challenge

From Bob Rudis' blog comes a weekly data/coding challenge. I didn't quite get the time to tackle last week's but I thought this one offered up a pretty good opportunity. Half the challenge is of course data processing/tidying, which is...Continue Reading →

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