merge with solaR

March 29, 2011 | Oscar Perpiñán Lamigueiro

The version 0.22 of solaR includes a new method, mergesolaR. It is designed to merge daily time series of several solaR objects. For example, we can obtain the daily irradiation of the whole set of meteorological stations of Madrid (Spain) and use this information to calculate the productivity of a grid ... [Read more...]

Language used by Academics with the Protection of Anonymity

March 14, 2011 | Drew Conway

Those in the political science discipline probably remember their first encounter with For those outside, you have probably never heard of this particular message board, and you would have no reason to. As the URL suggests, the board specializes in rumor, gossip, back-bitting, mudslinging, and the occasional lucid ... [Read more...]

Beeswarm Boxplot (and plotting it with R)

March 10, 2011 | Tal Galili

(The image above is called a “Beeswarm Boxplot” , the code for producing this image is provided at the end of this post) The above plot is implemented under different names in different softwares. This “Scatter Dot Beeswarm Box Violin – plot” (in the lack of an agreed upon term) is a ... [Read more...]

Forest plots using R and ggplot2

March 9, 2011 | Stephen Turner

Abhijit over at Stat Bandit posted some nice code for making forest plots using ggplot2 in R. You see these lots of times in meta-analyses, or as seen in the BioVU demonstration paper. The idea is simple - on the x-axis you have the odds ratio (or what... [Read more...]

Top 15 Daily Tweeters of #25bahman for the Past Five Days

February 16, 2011 | Drew Conway

My friend Michael Bommarito has been doing the data community quite a service, capturing and sharing all of the traffic on Twitter related to the Iranian protests. Specifically, he has all of the tweets containing the #25bahman hast-tag, and made them available for anyone to download. I am unable to ... [Read more...]

Building a Better Word Cloud

January 27, 2011 | Drew Conway

A few weeks ago I attended the NYC Data Visualization and Infographics meetup, which included a talk by Junk Charts blogger Kaiser Fung. Given the topic of his blog, I was a bit shocked that the central theme of his talk was comparing good and bad word clouds. He even ...
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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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A Very Data Christmas

December 21, 2010 | Drew Conway

This week Google announced its Ngram Viewer, which allows you to explore the use of words in thousands of texts overtime, going back two hundred years. Given the relatively long time period covered by this massive data set, it is fun to explore how language has changed overtime. Some texts, ...
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Area plots unmasked

December 15, 2010 | dan

RESULTS OF THE GREAT AREA PLOT QUIZ If you are the type of reader who remembers things from last week, you may remember the great area plot quiz we had running. This week, we are excited to announce that the results are in. The plot above shows answers to the ... [Read more...]

Fun with infochimps: Animated Blog Post Hit Map

December 3, 2010 | Drew Conway

In a few weeks I will be visiting Chicago, and JD Long—the organizer of the local R users group—has graciously invited me to give a presentation. Ostensibly, the presentation will be on my recently released infochimps package, so I thought it was a good time to start actually ... [Read more...]

Co-authorship Network of SSRN Conflict Studies eJournal

November 10, 2010 | Drew Conway

As part of my on-going research simulating network structure using graph motifs I have been collecting novel data sets to test and benchmark the method. Since I am a political scientist studying conflict, it was suggested to me to collect a co-authorship network within this sub-discipline. Such a network is ... [Read more...]

Where People Share Links About NYC

October 27, 2010 | Drew Conway

Last week I participated in’s fourth hackabit hack-a-thon, which is a wonderful opportunity for NYC area hackers to get together, eat pizza, drink energy drinks, and stay up late hacking with some of the best data geeks around. I was lucky enough to saddle up next to ...
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Visualizations of US neighborhoods by race and ethnicity

September 22, 2010 | dan

HOMOPHILY + MAPS WITHOUT MAPPING SOFTWARE In the past, Decision Science News has posted about homophily (“birds of a feather shop together“) and cool, lightweight visualizations (“maps without map packages in R“). Today, both topics come together in Eric Fischer’s fascinating set of images on Flickr called “Race and Ethnicity”(*).  ... [Read more...]

Did what you write drive what I read?

September 16, 2010 | Timothée

GoogleReader allows you to track your activity, by representing the number of news items read and published by day and by hour. I use it quite a lot to stay up to date with the scientific literature (I subscribed to probably over 30 journals) and a bunch of other feeds. Stuff ... [Read more...]
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