Articles by Maëlle Salmon

Bad Stock Photos of My Job? Data Science on Pexels

May 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

I couldn’t miss the fun Twitter hashtag #BadStockPhotosOfMyJob thanks to a tweet by Julia Silge and another one by Colin Fay. The latter inspired me to actually go and look for what makes a data science photo… What characterizes “data science” stock photos? My (not bad) stock photo source ... [Read more...]

Lintr Bot, lintr’s Hester egg

March 29, 2018 | 0 Comments

Remember my blog post about automatic tools for improving R packages? One of these tools is Jim Hester’s lintr, a package that performs static code analysis. In my experience it mostly helps identifying too long code lines and missing space, although... [Read more...]

Storrrify #satRdayCapeTown 2018

March 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

One week ago I was in Cape Town for the local satRday conference, where I had the honor to be one of the two keynote speakers, the other one being sports analytics extraordinaire Stephanie Kovalchik (You can read Stephanie Kovalchik’s account of the conference in this blog post). It ... [Read more...]

hrbrpkgs: list Bob Rudis’ packages

March 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

Recently I needed to count lines of code for a project at work work (this is an expression of the person honored in this post), and happened to discover that Bob Rudis had started an R package wrapping the Perl CLOC script. Of course! He has packages for a lot ... [Read more...]

Combine your hex stickers with magic(k)

February 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

Hex stickers remind me of Pogs, except they’re cooler because you can combine them together! Some people do that very smartly. Now when I forget how to do an #rstats analysis I can just check the back of my laptop #runconf16— David Robinson (@drob) 1 ...
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Galentine’s day cards

January 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

Remember the nascent series of blog posts about Parks and recreation? Well, we’re still at one post, but don’t worry, here is a new one, and I’m sure the series will eventually be a real one. I’m looking at you, my R-Ladies friends. That said, ...
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Rainbowing a set of pictures

January 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

I’ve now down a few collages from R using magick: the faces of #rstats Twitter, We R-Ladies with Lucy D’Agostino McGowan, and a holiday card for R-Ladies. The faces of #rstats Twitter and holiday card collages were arranged at random, while the We ...
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Cheer up, Black Metal Cats! Bubblegum Puppies

January 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

Do you know the Black Metal Cats Twitter account? As explained in this great introduction, it “combines kitties with heavy metal lyrics”. I know the account because I follow Scott Chamberlain who retweets them a lot, which I enjoy as far as one can...
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Are #python users more likely to get into Slytherin?

December 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

This post requires some familiarity with the Harry Potter books but I’m committed to making this blog friendly to everyone, even Muggles/Nomajes. Have you seen Mark Sellors’ blog post series about writing command line utilities in R? It’s a great one but I was a bit puzzled ... [Read more...]

My #Best9of2017 tweets

December 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

You’ve probably seen people posting their #Best9of2017, primarily on Instagram I’d say. I’m not an Instagram user, although I do have an account to spy on my younger sister and cousins, so I don’t even have 9 Instagram posts in total but I do l...
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Where have you been? Getting my Github activity

December 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

On my pretty and up-to-date CV, one of the first things one sees is my Github username, linking to my Github profile. What does a potential employer look at there? Hopefully not my non informative commit messages… My imitating a red Ampelmann, my bei... [Read more...]

Possum magic: mapping an Australian children’s book

December 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

Our brand-new baby received a fantastic picture book as a gift: Possum magic, a classic for Aussie kids. Thanks, Miles! In that book, Hush the possum and her Grandma Poss encounter different Australian animals and travel across well eat their way through the country. It is an adorable story with ... [Read more...]

How to develop good R packages (for open science)

December 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

I was invited to an exciting ecology & R hackathon in my capacity as a co-editor for rOpenSci onboarding system of packages. It also worked well geographically since this hackathon was to take place in Ghent (Belgium) which is not too far away from... [Read more...]

Where to live in the US

November 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

I was fascinated by this xkcd comic about where to live based on your temperature preferences. I also thought it’d be fun to try to make a similar one from my R session! Since I’m no meteorologist and was a bit unsure of how to define winter and ... [Read more...]

You beautiful, naïve, sophisticated newborn series

November 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

My husband and I recently started watching the wonderful series “Parks and recreation” which was recommended to me by my fellow R-Lady Jennifer Thompson in this very convincing thread. The serie was even endorsed by other R-Ladies. Jennifer told me... [Read more...]

R-Ladies global tour

October 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

It was recently brought to my attention by Hannah Frick that there are now sooo many R-Ladies chapters around the world! R-Ladies is a world-wide organization to promote gender diversity in the R community, and I’m very grateful to be part of this co... [Read more...]

The Guardian Experience: heavy or light topics?

October 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

I’ve recently been binge-reading The Guardian Experience columns. I’m a big fan of The Guardian life and style section regulars: the blind dates to which I dedicated a blog post, Oliver Burkeman’s This column will change your life, etc. Experienc... [Read more...]

The music of Les Mills Body Pump, with Spotify data

September 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

I am a runner but also a Body Pump enthusiast. Body Pump is a group fitness class of the Les Mills company, in which you train different muscle groups using a weighted bar – whose total weight you modulate with plates in order to adapt it to your fit... [Read more...]
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