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rnpn: An R interface for the National Phenology Network

August 31, 2011
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rnpn: An R interface for the National Phenology Network

The team at rOpenSci and I have been working on a wrapper for the USA National Phenology Network API. The following is a demo of some of the current possibilities. We will have more functions down the road. Get the publicly available code, and contribu...

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Tenure track position in systematics at the University of Vermont

August 22, 2011
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Tenure track position in systematics at the University of Vermont

There is an awesome position opening up for an assistant professor in systematics at the University of Vermont. Below is the announcement, and see the original post at the Distributed Ecology blog. Why is this related to R? One can do a lot of systemat...

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(#ESA11) rOpenSci: a collaborative effort to develop R-based tools for facilitating Open Science

August 8, 2011
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(#ESA11) rOpenSci: a collaborative effort to develop R-based tools for facilitating Open Science

Our development team would like to announce the launch of rOpenSci. As the title states, this project aims to create R packages to make open science more available to researchers. http://ropensci.org/ What this means is t...

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CRdata vs. Cloudnumbers

July 14, 2011
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CRdata vs. Cloudnumbers

Cloudnumbers and CRdata are two new cloud computing services.I tested the two services with a very simple script. The script simply creates a dataframe of 10000 numbers via rnorm, and assigns them to a factor of one of two levels (a or b). I then take ...

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rbold: An R Interface for Bold Systems barcode repository

June 28, 2011
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rbold: An R Interface for Bold Systems barcode repository

Have you ever wanted to search and fetch barcode data from Bold Systems?I am developing functions to interface with Bold from R. I just started, but hopefully folks will find it useful.The code is at Github here. The two functions are still very buggy,...

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iEvoBio 2011 Synopsis

June 22, 2011
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iEvoBio 2011 Synopsis

We just wrapped up the 2011 iEvoBio meeting. It was awesome! If you didn't go this year or last year, definitely think about going next year.Here is a list of the cool projects that were discussed at the meeting (apologies if I left some out):Vistrails...

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PLoS journals API from R: "rplos"

June 21, 2011
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PLoS journals API from R: "rplos"

The Public Libraries of Science (PLOS) has an API so that developers can create cool tools to access their data (including full text papers!!).Carl Boettiger at UC Davis and I are working on R functions that use the PLoS API. See our code on Githu...

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OpenStates from R via API: watch your elected representatives

June 10, 2011
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OpenStates from R via API: watch your elected representatives

I am writing some functions to acquire data from the OpenStates project, via their API. They have a great support community at Google Groups as well.On its face this post is not obviously about ecology or evolution, but well, our elected represent...

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How to fit power laws

June 7, 2011
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How to fit power laws

A new paper out in Ecology by Xiao and colleagues (in press, here) compares the use of log-transformation to non-linear regression for analyzing power-laws.They suggest that the error distribution should determine which method performs better. When you...

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searching ITIS and fetching Phylomatic trees

June 3, 2011
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searching ITIS and fetching Phylomatic trees

I am writing a set of functions to search ITIS for taxonomic information (more databases to come) and functions to fetch plant phylogenetic trees from Phylomatic. Code at github.Also, see the examples in the demos folder on the Github site above.

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