Articles by Scott Chamberlain

elastic – Elasticsearch for R

August 2, 2017 | Scott Chamberlain

elastic is an R client for Elasticsearch elastic has been around since 2013, with the first commit in November, 2013. sidebar - 'elastic' was picked as a package named before the company now known as Elastic changed their name to Elastic. What is Elasticsearch? If you aren't familiar with Elasticsearch, it is ... [Read more...]

All the fake data that’s fit to print

June 22, 2017 | Scott Chamberlain

charlatan makes fake data. Excited to annonunce a new package called charlatan. While perusing packages from other programming languages, I saw a neat Python library called faker. charlatan is inspired from and ports many things from Python's library. In turn, faker was inspired from ... [Read more...]

ccafs – client for CCAFS General Circulation Models data

March 1, 2017 | Scott Chamberlain

I've recently released the new package ccafs, which provides access to data from Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS; General Circulation Models (GCM) data. GCM's are a particular type of climate model, used for weather forecasting, and climate change forecasting - read more at https://en.... [Read more...]

finch – parse Darwin Core files

December 23, 2016 | Scott Chamberlain

finch has just been released to CRAN (binaries should be up soon). finch is a package to parse Darwin Core files. Darwin Core is: a body of standards. It includes a glossary of terms (in other contexts these might be called properties, elements, fields, columns, attributes, or concepts) intended to ... [Read more...]

The rOpenSci geospatial suite

November 22, 2016 | Scott Chamberlain

Geospatial data - data embedded in a spatial context - is used across disciplines, whether it be history, biology, business, tech, public health, etc. Along with community contributors, we're working on a suite of tools to make working with spatial data in R as easy as possible. If you're not ... [Read more...]

fauxpas – HTTP conditions package

November 18, 2016 | Scott Chamberlain

HTTP, or Hypertext Transfer Protocol is a protocol by which most of us interact with the web. When we do requests to a website in a browser on desktop or mobile, or get some data from a server in R, all of that is using HTTP. HTTP has a rich ... [Read more...]

crul – an HTTP client

November 9, 2016 | Scott Chamberlain

A new package crul is on CRAN. crul is another HTTP client for R, but is relatively simplified compared to httr, and is being built to link closely with webmockr and vcr. webmockr and vcr are packages ported from Ruby's webmock and vcr, respectively. They both make mocking HTTP requests ... [Read more...]

Parse NOAA Integrated Surface Data Files

November 3, 2016 | Scott Chamberlain

A new package isdparser is on CRAN. isdparser was in part liberated from rnoaa, then improved. We'll use isdparser in rnoaa soon. isdparser does not download files for you from NOAA's ftp servers. The package focuses on parsing the files, which are variable length ASCII strings stored line by line, ... [Read more...]

Recology has moved

January 6, 2012 | Scott Chamberlain

Recology has moved to Github, using Jekyll.I just finished moving the Recology blog content, etc. to Github.   This move is intended to make it easy to do exactly what I want with this blog without the constrictions of Blogger.  Thanks for co...
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Weecology can has new mammal dataset

December 29, 2011 | Scott Chamberlain

So the Weecology folks have published a large dataset on mammal communities in a data paper in Ecology.  I know nothing about mammal communities, but that doesn't mean one can't play with the data...Their dataset consists of five csv files: &...
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Recology is 1 yr old…

December 23, 2011 | Scott Chamberlain

This blog has lasted a whole year already.  Thanks for reading and commenting. There are a couple of announcements:Less blogging:  I hope to put in many more years blogging here, but in full disclosure, I am blogging for Journal of Ecology no...
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I Work For The Internet !

December 13, 2011 | Scott Chamberlain

UPDATE: code and figure updated at 1150 am CST.The site I WORK FOR THE INTERNET is collecting pictures and first names (last name initials only) to show collective support against SOPA (the Stop Online Piracy Act).  Please stop by their site and a...
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My talk on doing phylogenetics in R

November 18, 2011 | Scott Chamberlain

I gave a talk today on doing very basic phylogenetics in R, including getting sequence data, aligning sequence data, plotting trees, doing trait evolution stuff, etc.Please comment if you have code for doing bayesian phylogenetic inference in R.  ...
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Use case: combining taxize and rgbif

November 1, 2011 | Scott Chamberlain

Sure thing….this is just the sort of thing for which rOpenSci is being built. A colleague of mine recently saw our packages in development and thought, “Hey, that could totally make my life easier.”   What was made easier you ask?   This was his situation: He had a list of ... [Read more...]
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