The RStudio IDE: first impressions are positive

February 28, 2011 | nsaunders

Integrated development environments (IDEs) are software development tools, providing an interface that enables you to write, debug, run and view the output of your code. Whether you need an IDE or find them useful depends very much on your own preferences and style of working. In my own case for ...
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RStudio: New free IDE for R

February 28, 2011 | Stephen Turner

Just saw the announcement of the availability of Rstudio, a new (free & open source) integrated development environment for R that works on Windows, Mac, and Linux. Judging from the screenshots, it looks like Rstudio supports syntax highlighting for Sweave & easy PDF creation from Sweave code, which is something I haven't ... [Read more...]

Recreating Gapminder World Map with R & ggplot2

January 11, 2011 | Jason

Gapminder has posted an interesting chart using world development indicators from the World Bank. I thought it would be a good exercise to recreate this chart using R and ggplot2. While playing with the data, not log transforming GDP provides some interesting, and perhaps different, interpretation. The R script and ... [Read more...]

OpenData + R + Google = Easy Maps

January 11, 2011 | James

The release of the R package “googleVis” has made the production of interactive maps through Google’s Chart Tools a simple task. Ignoring the some basic data manipulation the below map... [Read more...]

Building a fact-based world view

January 7, 2011 | Oscar Perpiñán Lamigueiro

Gapminder is an independent foundation based in Stockholm, Sweden. Its mission is “to debunk devastating myths about the world by offering free access to a fact-based world view“. They provide free online tools, data (more than 400 datasets freely available!) and videos “to better understand the changing world“. The initial development ...
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web content anlayzer

January 6, 2011 | Martin Scharm

Just developed a small crawler to check my online content at in terms of W3C validity and the availability of external links. Here is the code and some statistics... [Read more...]

Learning R — Documentation

January 6, 2011 | Jonathan Callahan

We use R a lot.  R takes care of many our basic data management needs.  R is an awesome statistical analysis package.  R allows you to produce exceptional data graphics.  The only problem is … R has a wicked learning …   read ... [Read more...]

Installing rgdal on Mac OS X

November 2, 2010 | James

After running a spatial data analysis with R session today, it became apparent that there are one or two teething problems installing the important rgdal package on Mac OS X operating systems. The usual install.packages(“rgdal”) won’t work. My colleague Jon Reades did some digging around to find ...
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highlight R syntax in wordpress using wp-codebox

October 10, 2010 | R on Guangchuang Yu

Tal Galili’s blog post mentioned that WP-Syntax can highlight R codes. I downloaded the modified version of WP-Syntax in his blog site. The plugin throw an error when activated. I did not try the original version hosted in Wordpress. I found that WP-CodeBox use GeShi for syntax highlighting as ... [Read more...]

Must Have Software

May 28, 2010 | John Mount

Having worked with Unix (BSD, HPUX, IRIX, Linux and OSX), Windows (NT4, 2000, XP, Vista and 7) for quite a while I have seen a lot of different software tools. I would like to quickly exhibit my “must have” list. These are the packages that I find to be the single “must ... [Read more...]
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