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Produce Authentic Math Formulas in R Graphics

April 30, 2011
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Produce Authentic Math Formulas in R Graphics

I remember a few weeks ago, there was a challenge in the R-help list to make the prime symbol in R graphics. In LaTeX, we simply write $X'$ or $X^\prime$. R has a rough support for math expressions (see demo(plotmath)) and they are certainly unsatisfactory for LaTeX users. In fact we can write native LaTeX

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New versions of GGobi and rggobi for Windows users

April 9, 2011
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For those who have been struggling with the installation of GGobi and the rggobi package under Windows: a major update of GGobi 2.1.9 is that GTK+ has been bundled with GGobi, so the installation of GTK+ is no longer required (I recommend you to uninst...

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formatR update (0.1-6)

January 6, 2011
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A new version of the formatR package is available on CRAN now (binary packages are still on the way). There are three major updates: the inline comments will also be preserved in most cases (in earlier versions, only single lines of comments are preserved) tidy.source() gained a new argument 'text' to accept a character vector

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Customizing the Theme of Your R HTML Help

January 4, 2011
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Customizing the Theme of Your R HTML Help

R’s default theme of the HTML help pages is too plain for me to read, but we can easily modify the theme, which is essentially a CSS file. You can find the file under: file.path(R.home('doc'), 'html', 'R.css') Simply replace this file with my version: which looks like: Of course you can design your own R.css

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Happy New Year with R (2011, Fireworks!)

January 1, 2011
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Happy New Year with R (2011, Fireworks!)

Last year I posted an animation created in R to celebrate the new year, and this year I've got a more fabulous animation (available on CRAN) The above animation comes from the demo('fireworks') in the R package animation 2.0-0. Thanks for the contri...

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A Special Graphics Device in R: the Null Device

December 22, 2010
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It is well-known that R has several graphics devices — either the screen devices (X11(), windows(), …) or the off-screen devices (pdf(), png(), …). We can query the default graphics device in options(): getOption('device') In a non-interactive session, the default device is pdf(). This is why Sweave has to create a file named Rplots.pdf no

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formatR update (0.1-5)

December 3, 2010
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he formatR package has been silent for quite a few months now. Recently I’ve been moving my old packages from R-Forge to GitHub, and I finally killed several things on my TODO list. In the past, I made an awkward decision to let formatR depend on the animation package, which was ridiculous. Ronggui suggested me

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Rd2roxygen: Convert Rd to roxygen documentation

December 1, 2010
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must admit that I have been tired of maintaining my R packages for a long time, and the main reason is I feel really uncomfortable with writing R documentations (Rd). The required structure of an R package mainly includes two directories R and man — the former for the R source code (typically functions), and

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How to Start Using (pgf)Sweave in LyX in One Minute

October 30, 2010
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regor Gorjanc published an interesting article “Using Sweave with LyX” in R News in 2008, which (I believe) makes it much easier to use Sweave. I use command-line tools a lot every day, but I am still “GUI-addicted”. (I don’t want to comment more about Microsoft Word here.) LyX is a somewhat WYSIWYG tool based

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Grabbing Tables in Webpages Using the XML Package

October 24, 2010
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ables are pretty common in web pages as data sources, and the most direct way to get these data is probably to copy and paste. This is OK if there are only two or three tables, and when we need to grab 5000 tables in 1000 web pages, we may not really wish to fulfill

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