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If blogging was like academia, we would all be saved, thank you for your edits.

December 18, 2017
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If blogging was like academia, we would all be saved, thank you for your edits.

A month ago I posted a short piece inspired by a post by Maële Salmon She actually reached out to me in 10 minutes, telling me I made a weird spelling error (no excuses, I really make those a lot). Then a day or two later Jon Spring walked thro...

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Downloading files from a webserver, and failing.

December 7, 2017
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Downloading files from a webserver, and failing.

Recently I wanted to download all the transcripts of a podcast (600+ episodes). The transcripts are simple txt files so in a way I am not even ‘web’-scraping but just reading in 600 or so text files which is not really a big deal. I thought...

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Building the oomsifyer

November 27, 2017
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Building the oomsifyer

Today I will show you a quick hack (OK it took me like 4 hours during my travels today yesterday and today), on how to add a dancing banana to any picture. Now, you might be thinking… Really, why would you add a dancing banana to a picture, but...

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Where to live in the Netherlands based on temperature XKCD style

November 19, 2017
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Where to live in the Netherlands based on temperature XKCD style

After seeing a plot of best places to live in Spain and the USA based on the weather, I had to chime in and do the same thing for the Netherlands. The idea is simple, determine where you want to live based on your temperature preferences. First ...

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UseR Brussels 2017

July 26, 2017
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I went to UseR-2017 in Brussels. It was my first time at an UseR (I have been to the first satRday), AND I LOVED IT! There were many interesting talks, I am so going to use Fast Frugal Trees in the future for instance and I saw a lot of shiny app...

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Turning kindle notes into a tidy data

May 7, 2017
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It is my dream to do everything with R. And we aRe almost there. We can write blogs in blogdown or bookdown, write reports in RMarkdown (thank you Yihui Xie!) create interactive webpages with Shiny (thank you Winston Chang). Control our lifx light...

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Writing manuscripts in Rstudio, easy citations

March 13, 2017
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Writing manuscripts in Rstudio, easy citations

Intro and setup This is a simple explanation of how to write a manuscript in RStudio. Writing a manuscript in RStudio is not ideal, but it has gotten better over time. It is now relatively easy to add citations to documents in RStudio. **The goal...

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Generate text using Markov Chains (sort of)

January 20, 2017
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Inspired by the hilarious podcast The Greatest Generation, I have worked again with all the lines from all the episode scripts of TNG. Today I will make a clunky bot (although it does nothing and is absolutely not useful) that talks like Captain ...

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Plotting a map with ggplot2, color by tile

January 5, 2017
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Plotting a map with ggplot2, color by tile

Introduction Last week I was playing with creating maps using R and GGPLOT2. As I was learning I realized information about creating maps in ggplot is scattered over the internet. So here I combine all that knowledge. So if something is absolutel...

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Submitting your first package to CRAN, my experience

July 8, 2016
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Submitting your first package to CRAN, my experience

I recently published my first R package to The Comprehensive R Archive Network (CRAN). It was very exciting and also quite easy. Let me walk you through my process. First a description of my brand new package: badgecreatr, then a description of steps to take for submission. Package description When you go around github looking at projects you often see...

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