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How did Axios rectangle Trump’s PDF schedule? A try with R

February 10, 2019
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How did Axios rectangle Trump’s PDF schedule? A try with R

Last week, Axios published a very interesting piece reporting on Trump’s private schedule thanks to an insider’s leak. The headlines all were about Trump’s spending more than 60% of his time in “executive time” which admittedly was indeed the most important aspect of the story. I, however, also got curious about Axios’ work to go from the PDF schedules to the spreadsheet they made public....

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Keeping up to date with R news

January 24, 2019
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I’ve now given my talk about “How to be a resilient R user” three times, at R-Ladies Strasbourg and R-Ladies Paris in person, and at R-Ladies San José via Google Hangouts. It was fun! I covered part of the content of that talk in a blog post about where to get R help. Today, it’s time for a post...

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Your and my 2019 R goals

December 31, 2018
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Your and my 2019 R goals

Here we go again, using a Twitter trend as blog fodder! Colin Fay launched an inspiring movement by sharing his R goals of 2019. My #RStats goals for 2019: 1️⃣ Becoming entirely fluent with {data.table}2️⃣ Getting at ease with {Rcpp} What are yours?#rdatatable #rcpp— Colin Fay 🤘 (@_ColinFay) December 29, 2018 It’s been quite interesting reading the objectives of other tweeps: what they...

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My #Best9of2018 tweets

December 27, 2018
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My #Best9of2018 tweets

As 2018 nears its end, it’s time for me to look back on my R/Twitter year with the same simple method as last year: let me identify and webshoot my 9 best tweets of 2018! Downloading and opening my Twitter data Like in 2017 I tweeted too much and therefore was unable to rely on rtweet::get_timeline() (or rtweet::get_my_timeline()) to download my tweets so I exported data...

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Advent of Code: Most Popular Languages

December 14, 2018
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Advent of Code: Most Popular Languages

You might have heard of the Advent of Code, a 25-day challenge involving a programming puzzle a day, to be solved with the language of your choice. I’ve noted the popularity of this activity in my Twitter timeline but also in my GitHub timeline where I’ve seen the creation of a few advent-of-code or so repositories. AoC is largely an exercise in figuring how...

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Make a trailer for your slidedeck with av

October 6, 2018
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rOpenSci post-doc hacker Jeroen Ooms has just released a cool new package, av, that he wrote “will become the video counterpart of the magick package which for working with images.”. av provides bindings to the FFmepg libraries for editing videos. It’s already become a renderer for gganimate by Thomas Lin Pedersen, but av allows more than making...

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Spookify: Halloween Name Generation in R

October 4, 2018
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It’s October, time for spooky Twitter names! If you’re on this social media platform, you might have noticed some of your friends switching their names to something spooky and punny. Last year I was “Maelstrom Salmon”, which I find scary but is arguably not that funny. Anyhow, what if you want to switch your name but have no inspiration? In this post, we shall...

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O’Reilly animals in trouble? Conservation status of book covers

August 24, 2018
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What can a kaka, a kakapo, an European rabbit and a grey heron have in common? Well, they might co-habit in the bookshelf of an R user, since they’re all animals on the covers of popular R books: “R Packages”, “R for Data Science”, “Text mining with R” and “Efficient R programming”, respectively. Their publisher, O’Reilly, has now based its brand on covers featuring beautiful gravures of...

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ALLSTATisticians in decline? A polite look at ALLSTAT email Archives

ALLSTATisticians in decline? A polite look at ALLSTAT email Archives

I was until recently subscribed to an email list, ALLSTAT, “A UK-based worldwide e-mail broadcast system for the statistical community, operated by ICSE for HEA Statistics.” created in 1998. That’s how I saw the ad for my previous job in Barcelona! Now, I dislike emails more and more so I unsubscribed, but I’d still check out the archives any...

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Where to get help with your R question?

Last time I blogged, I offered my obnoxious helpful advice for blog content and promotion. Today, let me again be the agony aunt you didn’t even write to! Imagine you have an R question, i.e. a question related to how you can do something with R,...

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