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For the Stupid Password Rules at Iowa State

August 7, 2012
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The Fall semester is coming, which means it is time to log into several stupid systems to be prepared for the new semester. Time and time again I'm annoyed by the bullshit password rules at Iowa State University. I wrote to the IT staff once but no one...

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Making Reproducible Research Enjoyable

June 25, 2012
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Making Reproducible Research Enjoyable

Note: this is a contributed article for the ICSA Bulletin and the basic idea can be summarized in this picture. It is hard to convince people to think about reproducible research (RR). There are two parts of difficulties: (1) tools used to be for ex...

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Learn formatR in Two Minutes

May 8, 2012
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Anthony made a video tutorial on how to use the formatR package, which I think is pretty cool: I wish I could speak English as fast as him...

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How to Make HTML5 Slides with knitr

May 1, 2012
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How to Make HTML5 Slides with knitr

One week ago I made an early announcement about the markdown support in the knitr package and RStudio, and now the version 0.5 of knitr is on CRAN, so I'm back to show you how I made the HTML5 slides. For those who are not familiar with markdown, you m...

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Fancy HTML5 Slides with knitr and pandoc

April 22, 2012
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Fancy HTML5 Slides with knitr and pandoc

Karthik Ram gave an Introduction to R a couple of weeks ago, and I strongly recommend you to take a look at his cool HTML5 slides. I started trying HTML5 slides last year, and now it is difficult for me to go back to beamer, which I have used for a few...

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Ideas on A Really Fast Statistics Journal

March 15, 2012
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I was writing comments on the blog post A proposal for a really fast statistics journal, and I realized the comment box was too small to write down my ideas. I like the proposal a lot, and I feel really bad about the current model of submitting and rev...

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How to Become an Efficient and Collaborative R Programmer

December 12, 2011
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I may want to add a subtitle “Why R-Forge Must Die” (thinking of Barry Rowlingson’s talk earlier this year). I have been a GitHub user for two years, and I was mainly influenced by Hadley. Now I even feel a little bit addicted to GitHub (its slogan is “social coding”), because it is really convenient

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knitr: Elegant, flexible and fast dynamic report generation with R

December 1, 2011
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The world has changed. You can feel it on GitHub. You can smell it on Google+. The knitr package, as an alternative tool to Sweave, has features that you have been longing for, and features that you might have never imagined. Thumb through the PDF manu...

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The fun Package: Use R for Fun!

August 16, 2011
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The fun Package: Use R for Fun!

A couple of days ago we released a package named fun to CRAN, but I did not dare to send an announcement to [email protected] as usual. This package is a collection of some classical computer games (e.g. the Mine sweeper and Five in a row) as well as other funny stuff. Some examples: ## install.packages('fun')

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Sweave and pgfSweave in LyX 2.0.x (experimental)

May 25, 2011
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bout half a year ago, I wrote a post on the configuration of (pgf)Sweave and LyX, which was intended to save us some efforts in going through all the details during the configuration. Now many things have changed: LyX 2.0 has internal support for Sweave, and fortunately I have been in touch with the developers

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