Articles by tylerrinker

qdap 0.2.1 Released

March 13, 2013 | tylerrinker

I’m very pleased to announce the release of qdap 0.2.1 This is the second installment of the qdap package available at CRAN. The qdap package automates many of the tasks associated with quantitative discourse analysis of transcripts containing discourse, including … Continue reading →
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reports 0.1.2 Released

March 12, 2013 | tylerrinker

I’m very pleased to announce the release of reports : An R package to assist in the workflow of writing academic articles and other reports. This is the first CRAN release of reports: The reports package assists in writing … Continue reading →
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Workflow w/ reports package

February 24, 2013 | tylerrinker

NOTE: THIS IS NOW A PACKAGE SEE THIS LINK FOR DETAILS Let me start with a video for people who just want to see what I’m demo-ing first: I’ve been interested in speeding up workflow lately and spending a lot … Continue reading → [Read more...]

qdap 0.2.0 released

February 2, 2013 | tylerrinker

This is the first CRAN release of qdap (qdap 0.2.0) found here.  qdap (Quantitative Discourse Analysis Package) is an R package designed to assist in quantitative discourse analysis. The package stands as a bridge between qualitative transcripts of dialogue and … Continue reading →
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Tips for R Package Creation

December 30, 2012 | tylerrinker

I’m being tortured by the mistakes of my past self. I think I’ve made most every mistake possible in creating a package and I want to go back in time and tell year ago me all I know now. But … Continue reading → [Read more...]

Gradient Word Clouds

November 12, 2012 | tylerrinker

I like word clouds because they are visually appealing and provide a ton of information in a small space. Ever since I saw Drew Conway’s post (LINK) I have been looking for ways to improve word clouds. One of the … Continue reading →
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Presidential Debates 2012

October 23, 2012 | tylerrinker

I have been playing with the beta version of qdap utilizing the presidential debates as a data set. qdap is in a beta phase lacking documentation though I’m getting there. In previous blog posts (presidential debate 1 LINK and VP … Continue reading →
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How do I re-arrange…?: Ordering a plot.

October 15, 2012 | tylerrinker

One of the most widely seen FAQ coming across list serves and R help sites is the question: “How do I re-arrange/re-order (plotting geom/aesthetic such as bar/labels) in a (insert plot type here) using(insert graphics system here) in R?” . … Continue reading → [Read more...]

Vice Presidential Debates with qdap-beta

October 13, 2012 | tylerrinker

After the presidential debates I used the beta version of qdap to provide some initial surface level analysis (LINK to Presidential Debates with qdap-beta). In the comments of that post, annon (a commenter) provided a link to an analysis/visualization that … Continue reading →
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Splitting and Combining R pdf Graphics

October 7, 2012 | tylerrinker

A question that often comes across various help lists is how to combine or split an output from an R graphics device. Maybe you have looped/combined multiple visuals into a single pdf to avoid cluttering your working directory and now … Continue reading → [Read more...]

Presidential Debates with qdap-beta

October 4, 2012 | tylerrinker

qdap brief intro For the past year I’ve been working on a package (qdap) to assist my field in quantitative discourse analysis; basically looking at patterns in language. It’s still a ways from being finished and lacks documentation (roxygen2 is … Continue reading →
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Hangman in R: A learning experience

July 28, 2012 | tylerrinker

I love when people take a sophisticated tool and use it to play video games. Take R for example. I first saw someone create a game for R at My friend Dason inspired me to more efficiently waste time … Continue reading →
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igraph and SNA: an amateur’s dabbling

June 29, 2012 | tylerrinker

I’ve been playing with the igraph package a bit lately (see previous post HERE) and wanted to approach a problem I once visited in the past. The basic gist of the problem is this: Students in a class are asked … Continue reading → [Read more...]

igraph and structured text exploration

June 29, 2012 | tylerrinker

I am in the slow process of developing a package to bridge structured text formats (i.e. classroom transcripts)  with the tons of great R packages that visualize and analyze quantitative data (If you care to play with a rough build … Continue reading → [Read more...]

reshape (from base) Explained: Part II

May 5, 2012 | tylerrinker

Part II Explains More Complex  Wide to Long With base reshape  In part I of this base reshape tutorial we went over the basics of reshaping data with reshape.  We learned two rules that help us to be more efficient … Continue reading → [Read more...]

reshape (from base) Explained: Part I

May 2, 2012 | tylerrinker

This Post Will Explain the Basics of Wide to Long With base reshape (part I) Often your data set is in wide format and some sort of analysis or visualization requires putting the data set into long format.  Hadely Wickham … Continue reading → [Read more...]
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