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The yarrr package (0.0.8) is (finally!) on CRAN

October 10, 2016
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The yarrr package (0.0.8) is (finally!) on CRAN

Great news R pirates! The yarrr package, which contains the pirateplot, has now been updated to version 0.0.8 and is up on CRAN (after hiding in plain sight on GitHub). Let’s install the latest version (0.0.8) and go over some of the updates: The most important function in the yarrr package is pirateplot(). What the heck ...

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Making fast, good decisions with the FFTrees R package

August 17, 2016
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Making fast, good decisions with the FFTrees R package

“…e are suspicious of rapid cognition. We live in a world that assumes that the quality of a decision is directly related to the time and effort that went into making it” Malcom Gladwell, Blink In his book Blink, Malcolm Gladwell summarises a common misconception about good decision making. According to folk wisdom, the more time, ...

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The new and improved pirateplot()! Now with themes!

April 8, 2016
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The new and improved pirateplot()! Now with themes!

Hello fellow R pirates! For those of you who didn’t see it, I recently wrote a post demonstrating the pirateplot() function in the yarrr package. The pirateplot() function replaces the deceptive (and boring) bar plot with a full RDI plot, capable of plotting Raw data (and smoothed densities), Descriptive statistics (like means and medians), and ...

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The Pirate Plot (2.0) – The RDI plotting choice of R pirates

April 5, 2016
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The Pirate Plot (2.0) – The RDI plotting choice of R pirates

  Plain vanilla barplots are as uninformative (and ugly) as they are popular. And boy, are they popular. From the floors of congress, to our latest scientific articles, barplots surround us. The reason why barplots are so popular is because they are so simple and easy to understand. However, that simplicity also carries costs — namely, ...

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The Pirate Plot – An R Pirate’s favorite plot

December 10, 2015
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The Pirate Plot – An R Pirate’s favorite plot

One of the most common types of datasets people want to plot is one where there is a continuous dependent variable – like age, company profit, or beard length – as a function of a categorical independent variable – like gender, a specific company, or one’s pirate ship. Unfortunately, despite the vast improvements in computational ...

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www.thepiratesguidetor.com

November 5, 2015
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www.thepiratesguidetor.com

I missed out on www.yarrr.com (some domain squatter is holding it for a pirate’s ransom), but I was able to snag www.thepiratesguidetor.com! This is now the official home of YaRrr! The Pirate’s Guide to R For those of you who don’t know, this whole story started last summer. I was taking a late night swim ...

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piratepal – An R pirate’s source of palettes inspired by everything from the Mona Lisa to the Evil Dead

October 8, 2015
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piratepal – An R pirate’s source of palettes inspired by everything from the Mona Lisa to the Evil Dead

When most people think about R, they think of statistics. They don’t think of horror films. I’m here to change that. Let’s back up. While R is certainly one of the top two (I’m looking over my back at you Python) languages for statistical analysis, it’s just as good for creating beautiful and informative plots ...

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Maximum-Likelihood parameter estimation in R: A brief tutorial

September 9, 2015
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A brief tutorial on ML estimation in R Recently, a colleague asked me to demonstrate how one can calculate maximum-likelihood (ML) parameter estimates in R. As I had been meaning to do this for my R course anyway, I decided to write up the following brief tutorial. In the tutorial, I go through the three ...

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YaRrr! The Pirate’s Guide to R

April 21, 2015
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YaRrr! The Pirate’s Guide to R

  If you’ve spent more than 30 minutes with me, you probably know that I’m a bit of an R fanatic. When I meet someone doing analytical work who uses software like Excel or SPSS, I inevitably go into my “R Salesman” mode. Unfortunately, after I spend 10-30 minutes trying to explain how great R is ...

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Create your own Visual Resume with my new Shiny App

January 19, 2015
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Create your own Visual Resume with my new Shiny App

Shiny Link: https://ndphillips.shinyapps.io/Visual_Resume/ How much do I love R? Enough that I maintain several ‘fun R’ projects. One of my favorites is my Visual Resume generator – which creates an individualised visual resume based on a person’s education and job history (and publications and research interests, etc.). I was inspired by this blog post on infographic resumes ...

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