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Notes from a panel II: Value of successful BBSRC grants

October 1, 2019
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Notes from a panel II: Value of successful BBSRC grants

This post follows on from the last post on BBSRC Responsive Mode funding. Another frequent question from applicants is: “How much can I ask for?” One answer is: the same amount as successful grants. This information is freely available and can be downloaded from the UKRI website. All awarded grants can be searched (even those

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Communication Breakdown

June 11, 2019
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Communication Breakdown

There is an entertaining rumour going around about the journal Nature Communications. When I heard it for the fourth or fifth time, I decided to check out whether there is any truth in it. The rumour goes something like this: the impact factor of Nature Communications is driven by physical sciences papers. Sometimes it is

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Turn A Square: generative aRt

May 26, 2019
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Turn A Square: generative aRt

A while back I visited Artistes & Robots in Paris. Part of the exhibition was on the origins of computer-based art. Nowadays this is referred to as generative art, where computers generate artwork according to rules specified by the programmer. I wanted to emulate some of the early generative artwork I saw there, using R. Some

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Garmonbozia: Using R to look at Garmin CSV data

April 9, 2019
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Garmonbozia: Using R to look at Garmin CSV data

Garmin Connect has a number of plots built in, but to take a deeper dive into all your fitness data, you need to export a CSV and fire up R. This post is a quick guide to some possibilities for running data.  There’s a few things that I wanted to look at. For example, how

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All Around The World: Maps and Flags in R

March 20, 2019
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All Around The World: Maps and Flags in R

Our lab is international. People born all over the world have come to work in my group. I’m proud of this fact, especially in the current political climate. I’ve previously used the GoogleMaps API to display a heat map on our lab webpage. It shows where in the world people in the lab come from.

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Til I Die: Seeking new music

November 30, 2018
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I’ve been following the tweets from an account called Albums You Must Hear @Albums2Hear. Each tweet is an album recommended by the account owner. I’m a sucker for lists of Albums That I Must Hear Before I Die since I’m always interested in new (or not so new) music recommendations. I wanted to assemble a

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Multiplex: Small multiple artwork from GPX tracks

September 21, 2018
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Multiplex: Small multiple artwork from GPX tracks

I’d seen the small multiple artwork of running and cycling routes from Marcus Volz’s R package Strava all over the web. Ads for “posters of your GPS tracks” pop up on Reddit and I’d notice a few #Rstats people put up their posters on Twitter. I’ve had the package bookmarked for a while and this week

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Pledging My Time III

September 8, 2018
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Pledging My Time III

I’ve previously crunched times for local Half and Full Marathons here on quantixed. Last weekend was the Kenilworth Half Marathon (2018) over a new course. I thought I’d have a look at the distributions of times and paces of the runners. The times are available here. If the Time and Category for finishers are saved

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Rollercoaster III: yet more on Google Scholar

June 25, 2018
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Rollercoaster III: yet more on Google Scholar

In a previous post I made a little R script to crunch Google Scholar data for a given scientist. The graphics were done in base R and looked a bit ropey. I thought I’d give the code a spring clean – it’s available here. The script is called ggScholar.R (rather than gScholar.R). Feel free to

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Ten Years vs The Spread: Calculating publication lag times in R

June 23, 2018
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Ten Years vs The Spread: Calculating publication lag times in R

There have been several posts on this site about publication lag times. You can read them here. Lag times are the delays in the dissemination of scientific data introduced by the process of publishing the paper in a journal. Nowadays, your paper can be online in a few hours using a preprint server. However, this

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