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Back to basics: High quality plots using base R graphics

April 24, 2015
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Today at the Davis R Users’ Group, Michael Koontz gave tour de force lesson in using R’s base graphics capabilities to plot data. Here’s the video: Get Michael’s excellent annotated script, which covers much more than we got to during our tutorial, here.

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The new science journalism and open science

April 23, 2015
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by Joseph Rickert The New York Times is quietly changing the practice of science journalism. The Tuesday April 21, 2015 article: Ebola Lying in Wait, reports on "A growing body of scientific clues - some ambiguous, other substantive" that the Ebola virus may have lain dormant in West African rain forest for years before igniting last year's outbreak. In...

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Time Series Graphs & Eleven Stunning Ways You Can Use Them

April 22, 2015
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Time Series Graphs & Eleven Stunning Ways You Can Use Them

Many graphs use a time series, meaning they measure events over time. William Playfair (1759 - 1823) was a Scottish economist and pioneer of this approach. Playfair invented the line graph. The graph below–one of his most famous–depicts ho...

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Accelerating R with multi-node parallelism – Rmpi, BatchJobs and OpenLava

Accelerating R with multi-node parallelism –  Rmpi, BatchJobs and OpenLava

Gord Sissons, Feng Li In a previous blog we showed how we could use the R BatchJobs package with OpenLava to accelerate a single-threaded k-means calculation by breaking the workload into chunks and running  them as serial jobs. R users frequently need to find solutions to parallelize workloads, and while solutions like multicore and socket

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YaRrr! The Pirate’s Guide to R

April 21, 2015
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YaRrr! The Pirate’s Guide to R

  If you’ve spent more than 30 minutes with me, you probably know that I’m a bit of an R fanatic. When I meet someone doing analytical work who uses software like Excel or SPSS, I inevitably go into my “R Salesman” mode. Unfortunately, after I spend 10-30 minutes trying to explain how great R is ...

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Combining several lattice charts into one

April 21, 2015
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Combining several lattice charts into one

Last week I mentioned the grid.arrange function of the gridExtra package that allows me to combine graphical grid objects onto one page. The latticeExtra package provides another elegant solution for trellis (lattice) plots: the function c.trellis() or...

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R vs QGIS for sustainable transport planning

April 19, 2015
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R vs QGIS for sustainable transport planning

The 23rd iteration of the GIS Research UK conference (#GISRUK) conference was the largest ever. 250 researchers, industry representatives and academics attended from the vibrant geospatial research communities in the UK, Europe and beyond. GISRUK has become a centrepoint for discussion of new methods, software and applications in the field. I was on the organising committee, reviewed some excellent papers for the event (a full list...

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The Non-parametric Bootstrap as a Bayesian Model

April 17, 2015
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The Non-parametric Bootstrap as a Bayesian Model

The non-parametric bootstrap was my first love. I was lost in a muddy swamp of zs, ts and ps when I first saw her. Conceptually beautiful, simple to implement, easy to understand (I thought back then, at least). And when she whispered in my ear, “I make no assumptions regarding the underlying distribution”, I was in love. This love...

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R User Group Meetings this week in the Bay Area and around the world

April 16, 2015
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R User Group Meetings this week in the Bay Area and around the world

by Joseph Rickert Tracking R user group meetings is a good way to stay informed about what's happening in the R world. On Tuesday the Bay Area useR Group (BARUG) met at AdRoll in San Francisco. It was a mini-conference with 6 talks: Bryan Galvin our host at AdRoll (many thanks for the pizza and beer) kicked off the...

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Using R in Myanmar (and other low-bandwidth environments)

April 15, 2015
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Using R in Myanmar (and other low-bandwidth environments)

R is already in use in well over 100 cities around the world, and now we can add another to the list: Yangon, Myanmar. Ben Marwick is a trainer with Software Carpentry (a non-profit organization devoted to improving basic computing skills among researchers in science, engineering, medicine, and other disciplines), and last month he visited the University of Yangon...

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