Articles by Robin Wilson

Showing code changes when teaching

July 25, 2016 | Robin Wilson

A key – but challenging – part of learning to program is moving from writing technically-correct code “that works” to writing high-quality code that is sensibly decomposed into functions, generically-applicable and generally “good”. Indeed, you could say that this is exactly what Software Carpentry is about – taking you from someone bodging together ... [Read more...]

John Snow’s Cholera data in more formats

March 13, 2013 | Robin Wilson

In honour of the bicentenary of John Snow’s birth – and because I was asked to by someone via email – I have now released my digitisation of John Snow’s Cholera data in a few other formats: KML and as Google Fusion Tables. To save you reading my previous blog ... [Read more...]

Please use sensible colours in your maps

November 2, 2011 | Robin Wilson

If you are creating maps then for goodness sake Use sensible colours!  I was helping some undergraduates with some work the other day, and they decided to use the following colour scheme for representing river depth: Deep water: Red Medium-depth water: Bright green Shallow water: Pink Why did they do ... [Read more...]

My programming journey

May 20, 2011 | Robin Wilson

When clearing out some of my old programming books the other day I realised how far I’d come with programming over the years, and the number of different technologies that I have used over time. I thought I’d do a little summary post going from first programming experience ... [Read more...]

Review: R Graphs Cookbook by Hrishi Mittal

March 11, 2011 | Robin Wilson

Summary: Very useful for reference while producing graphs, and very comprehensive (including heat-maps, 3D graphs and maps). Reference: Mittal, H. V., 2011, R Graph Cookbook, Packt Publishing, Birmingham, UK, 272 pages,  Publisher’s Website As a scientist I often need to plot graphs of my data, so I am keen to learn ... [Read more...]

Review: R in a Nutshell by Joseph Adler

January 17, 2011 | Robin Wilson

Summary: Very comprehensive and very useful, but not good for a beginner. Great book though – definitely has a place on my bookshelf. Reference: Adler, J., 2010, R in a Nutshell, O’Reilly, Sebastopol, CA, 611 pages  O’Reilly Link After reviewing a book about R designed for beginners (see my previous post) ... [Read more...]

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