Articles by Mikkel

Asynchronous API calls with postlightmercury

July 11, 2017 | Mikkel

In this post I’ll tell you about a new package I’ve built and also take you under the hood to show you a really cool thing thats going on: asynchronous API calls. The package: postlightmercury I created a package called postlightmercury which is now on cran. The package ...
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Download product information and reviews from

November 3, 2016 | Mikkel

Rmazon The goal of Rmazon is to help you download product information and reviews from easily. Installation You can install Rmazon from github with: # install.packages("devtools") devtools::install_github("56north/Rmazon") Example – product information This is a basic example which shows you how ro get product information: # ... [Read more...]

Building a package automatically

October 20, 2016 | Mikkel

So, I just finished building a R wrapper for FOAAS (F*ck Off As A Service).  FOAAS (F*ck Off As A Service) provides a modern, RESTful, scalable solution to the common problem of telling people to f*ck off. I wanted to share the package with you and also ...
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Calculate your nutrients with my new package: NutrientData

June 15, 2016 | Mikkel

I have created a new package: NutrientData This package contains data sets with the composition of Foods: Raw, Processed, Prepared. The source of the data is the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 28 (2015), a long with two functions to search and calculate nutrients. You download it from github: ... [Read more...]

Map danish administrative areas with leaflet

May 16, 2016 | Mikkel

What is this? a center for ants!? leafletDK is a package that makes it easy to create interactive dynamic leaflet maps based on danish administrative areas. The package is heavily inspired by the amazing mapDK package by Sebastian Barfort, which I recommend if you want to create static high quality ...
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Classify gender based on danish first names

May 5, 2016 | Mikkel

In Denmark we have official lists of what people are allowed to have as first names. That means there are lists of government approved boys names, girls names and unisex names. There is a total of 18.529 approved girls names, 15.052 boys names and 813 unisex names. This means that we can write ...
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Are you happy or sad?

January 10, 2016 | Mikkel

Well, if you wrote about it we might be able to figure it out with my new package: happyorsad Happyorsad is a sentiment scorer. It uses the approach of Finn Årup Nielsen from Informatics and Mathematical Modelling at the Technical University of Denmark and this AFINN lists hosted in his ... [Read more...]

Create your own hexamaps

January 4, 2016 | Mikkel

Hexamaps are gaining in popularity. Most notably has been the versions, where the map of the USA has been made into a hexamap. But people have also made maps of Europe using hexagons. The idea is that one unit is one hexagon. So in case of the US, each state ... [Read more...]

Open Source Data Science at SXSW

August 20, 2015 | Mikkel

I have pitched a panel for next years SXSW in Austin, Texas, along with Karthik Ram from rOpenSci. The panel is called “Open Source Data Science”. SXSW has a panel picker process where you submit ideas and then other people can vote for them. The popular ones get selected. So ... [Read more...]

Mapping the past and the future with Leaflet

July 29, 2015 | Mikkel

I have been working on mapping things for a while and I must say that I really like the Leaflet package from Rstudio. It makes it very easy and straight forward to make leaflet maps. A while back I stumbled upon an interactive graphic from The Times, that used census ... [Read more...]

Where do letters occur in words

July 26, 2015 | Mikkel

A while back I encountered an interesting graphic showing where letters were located in english words ( The other day I decided to do a similar one for letters in danish words and for this I used R. I downloaded all abstracts from the danish ... [Read more...]

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