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Retail Data: R Package

March 14, 2020 | R | datawookie

Have you ever noticed how things seem to get really expensive at specific times of the year? Like Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day? Have you ever felt a bit ripped off when buying an over-priced bouquet of flowers or box of chocolates? Have you ever wondered just how ...
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R Package for @racently

December 5, 2019 | R | datawookie

I recently wrote about an API for @racently. The next logical step was to build a package which wraps the API so that the data can easily be pulled into R. The package is available here. It is still very much a work in progress: the API only exposes two ...
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Durban EDGE DataQuest

November 12, 2019 | R | datawookie

The Durban EDGE (Economic Development and Growth in eThekwini) DataQuest was held at UKZN (Westville Campus) on 13 November 2019. Participants were tasked with creating something interesting and useful with the civic data on the new Durban EDGE Open Data Portal developed by Open Data Durban. These datasets were available: EThekwini Water ...
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An API for @racently

November 11, 2019 | R | datawookie

@racently is a side project that I have been nursing along for a couple of years. It addresses a problem that I have as a runner: my race results are distributed across a variety of web sites. This makes it difficult to create a single view on my running performance (...
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Scraping Machinery Parts

November 10, 2019 | R | datawookie

I’ve been exploring the feasibility of aggregating data on prices of replacement parts for heavy machinery. There are a number of websites which list this sort of data. I’m focusing on the static sites for the moment. I’m using are R with {rvest} (and a few other ...
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Installing Prophet on CentOS

November 3, 2019 | R | datawookie

I’ve been struggling to get the {prophet} package to install on two RHEL 7 systems. Since I only have intermittent access to those systems I opted to use a local install of CentOS as a proxy environment. These instructions work for CentOS and should generalise to RHEL too. Setting Up ... [Read more...]

Installing RStudio & Shiny Servers

November 12, 2018 | R | datawookie

I did a remote install of Ubuntu Server today. This was somewhat novel because it’s the first time that I have not had physical access to the machine I was installing on. The server install went very smoothly indeed. The next tasks were to install RStudio Server and Shiny ... [Read more...]

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