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Mapping the Vikings using R

April 3, 2019
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Mapping the Vikings using R

The commute to my workplace is 90 minutes each way. Podcasts are my friend. I’m a long-time listener of In Our Time and enjoyed the recent episode about The Danelaw. Melvyn and I hail from the same part of the world, and I learned as a child that many of the local place names there … Continue reading Mapping...

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How long since your team scored 100+ points? This blog’s first foray into the fitzRoy R package

March 21, 2019
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How long since your team scored 100+ points? This blog’s first foray into the fitzRoy R package

When this blog moved from bioinformatics to data science I ran a Twitter poll to ask whether I should start afresh at a new site or continue here. “Continue here”, you said. So let’s test the tolerance of the long-time audience and celebrate the start of the 2019 season as we venture into the world … Continue reading How...

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This is not normal(ised)

March 11, 2019
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This is not normal(ised)

“Sydney stations where commuters fall through gaps, get stuck in lifts” blares the headline. The story tells us that: Central Station, the city’s busiest, topped the list last year with about 54 people falling through gaps Wow! Wait a minute… Central Station, the city’s busiest Some poking around in the NSW Transport Open Data portal … Continue reading This...

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Using parameters in Rmarkdown

March 4, 2019
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Nothing new or original here, just something that I learned about quite recently that may be useful for others. One of my more “popular” code repositories, judging by Twitter, is – well, Twitter. It mostly contains Rmarkdown reports which summarise meetings and conferences by analysing usage of their associated Twitter hashtags. The reports follow a … Continue reading Using...

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An absolute beginner’s guide to creating data frames for a Stack Overflow [r] question

February 7, 2019
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For better or worse I spend some time each day at Stack Overflow , reading and answering questions. If you do the same, you probably notice certain features in questions that recur frequently. It’s as though everyone is copying from one source – perhaps the one at the top of the search results. And it … Continue reading An...

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Price’s Protein Puzzle: 2019 update

January 30, 2019
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Chains of amino acids strung together make up proteins and since each amino acid has a 1-letter abbreviation, we can find words (English and otherwise) in protein sequences. I imagine this pursuit began as soon as proteins were first sequenced, but the first reference to protein word-finding as a sport is, to my knowledge, “Price’s … Continue reading Price’s...

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Extracting data from news articles: Australian pollution by postcode

November 28, 2018
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Extracting data from news articles: Australian pollution by postcode

The recent ABC News article Australia’s pollution mapped by postcode reveals nation’s dirty truth is interesting. It contains a searchable table, which is useful if you want to look up your own suburb. However, I was left wanting more: specifically, the raw data and some nice maps. So here’s how I got them, using R. … Continue reading Extracting...

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Using OSX? Compiling an R package from source? Issues with ‘-fopenmp’? Try this.

November 18, 2018
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You can file this one under “I may have the very specific solution if you’re having exactly the same problem.” So: if you’re running some R code and you see a warning like this: Warning message: In checkMatrixPackageVersion() : Package version inconsistency detected. TMB was built with Matrix version 1.2.14 Current Matrix version is 1.2.15 … Continue reading Using...

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Just use a scatterplot. Also, Sydney sprawls.

July 17, 2018
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Just use a scatterplot. Also, Sydney sprawls.

Sydney’s congestion at ‘tipping point’ blares the headline and to illustrate, an interactive chart with bars for city population densities, points for commute times and of course, dual-axes. Yuck. OK, I guess it does show that Sydney is one of three cities that are low density, but have comparable average commute times to higher-density cities. … Continue reading Just...

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Using leaflet, just because

July 17, 2018
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Using leaflet, just because

I love it when researchers take the time to share their knowledge of the computational tools that they use. So first, let me point you at Environmental Computing, a site run by environmental scientists at the University of New South Wales, which has a good selection of R programming tutorials. One of these is Making … Continue reading Using...

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