Articles by Jonathan

Data Warehousing and Data Mining

August 7, 2019 | Jonathan

The relationship between data mining tools and data warehousing systems can be most easily seen in the connector options of popular analytics software packages. For example, the image below right shows the many source options from which to pull data in from warehouse backends in Tableau Desktop. Microsoft Power BI ...
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R and SurveyGizmo API update

May 8, 2018 | Jonathan

I made a public fork of the original RSurveyGizmo package to accommodate the API Secret, as the original package sometimes errored out with authentication issues. The post R and SurveyGizmo API update appeared first on Jonathan Fowler. [Read more...]

Wagging the Dog: BI Tools, Not Solutions

March 15, 2018 | Jonathan

If you’re familiar with the expression, or perhaps have seen the eponymous film, you understand the idea of something with far less importance or weight driving a much bigger process. In the film’s case, the expression was used to characterize a completely fabricated war shifting attention away from ... [Read more...]

Doppelgänger search with R and MatchIt

March 6, 2018 | Jonathan

In his book Everybody Lies, Seth Stephens-Davidowitz discusses the Doppelgänger Discovery method used most notably in baseball, in the case of slugger David Ortiz. Doppelgänger Discovery is a way to load up a model with as many data points about a person as possible and find their statistical ... [Read more...]

SurveyGizmo, R, and MySQL on Amazon AWS

February 27, 2018 | Jonathan

Those who have been in any sort of sociological research field should very familiar with the available survey platforms out on the web now (e.g., SurveyMonkey, SurveyGizmo, or LimeSurvey). Getting your results usually involves a multi-step generate/export/import cycle. Is there a better way? I asked the question ... [Read more...]

R, Azure SQL Server, and Mac OS X

February 23, 2018 | Jonathan

There are a few options out there for those of us who work (mostly or solely) on a Mac and need to access MSSQL databases through R.   RODBC and RSqlServer are the two I’ve worked with. RODBC requires some additional workarounds with a Unix ODBC driver; RSqlServer has issues ... [Read more...]

R Notebooks

October 5, 2016 | Jonathan

Today we’re excited to announce R Notebooks, which add a powerful notebook authoring engine to R Markdown. Notebook interfaces for data analysis have compelling advantages including the close association of code and output and the ability to intersperse narrative with computation. Notebooks are also an excellent tool for teaching ...
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RStudio v0.99 Preview: Data Viewer Improvements

February 24, 2015 | Jonathan

RStudio’s data viewer provides a quick way to look at the contents of data frames and other column-based data in your R environment. You invoke it by clicking on the grid icon in the Environment pane, or at the console by typing View(mydata). As part of the RStudio ...
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RStudio v0.99 Preview: Vim Mode Improvements

February 23, 2015 | Jonathan

RStudio’s code editor includes a set of lightweight Vim key bindings. You can turn these on in Tools | Global Options | Code | Editing: For those not familiar, Vim is a popular text editor built to enable efficient text editing. It can take some practice and dedication to master Vim style ...
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Announcing Packrat

November 14, 2013 | Jonathan

We’re excited to announce Packrat, a new tool for managing the packages your R project depends on. If you’ve ever been frustrated by package dependencies, whether juggling the packages needed by your own projects or getting someone else’s project to work, Packrat is for you. Similar in ... [Read more...]

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