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  • via adrianadepalma from THE ROSTRUM | Ecology, Entomology, Statistics and Science Policy
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    2 years 10 months ago

    I’m approaching thesis write-up mania.

    Actually, I’ve been approaching it for a while, but with the mania also comes self-delusion. I figured that a very productive way to put off writing would be to learn LaTeχ, a document preparation system that has many advantages over word processors for scientific publications. In particular, snippets of R code can be integrated to provide self-updating outputs in the document (magic!). I told myself that this would undoubtedly save me time later on. For once, this procrastination actually worked out pretty well.

    So, I’m going to share with you a quick guide on how I’ve been using tool called Sweave in RStudio (.Rnw...

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  • via jebyrnes from im a chordata! urochordata!
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    2 years 10 months ago



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    Who wants to make a kickass, public-friendly, dynamic, online appendix with a map for their papers? ME! (and you, right?) Let’s talk about a cool way to make your data sing to a much broader audience than a static image.

    Last time, I mentioned that I had also been playing the Rstudio’s Leaflet package. For those who don’t know, Leaflet is a javascript library for generating interactive maps. I don’t know javascript (really), but I do know R, so this library is incredibly powerful for someone...

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  • via jebyrnes from im a chordata! urochordata!
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    2 years 11 months ago

    So, I’m on paternity leave (yay! more on that another day – but HOMG, you guys, my daughter is amazing!) and while my daughter is amazing, there are many hours in the day and wee morning where I find myself rocking slowly back and forth, knowing that if I stop even for a second, this little bundle of cute sleeping away in the wrap will wake and howl.

    So, what’s a guy on leave to do? Well, why not learn some new R tricks that have been on my list for, in some cases years, but I have not had time to do otherwise. In particular, time to ramp up some of my geospatial skills. As, really, I can type while rocking. And need to do something to stay awake. (One can only watch Clone Wars for so long – and why is it so much better than the prequels?)

    In particular, I’ve really wanted to become a more proficient map-maker. I’ve been working on a few global projects lately, and wanted to visualize the results in some more powerful intuitive ways...

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  • via adrianadepalma from THE ROSTRUM | Ecology, Entomology, Statistics and Science Policy
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    3 years 1 month ago
  • via Matthew Dray from THE ROSTRUM | Ecology, Entomology, Statistics and Science Policy
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    3 years 11 months ago

    For the past few years, I have been sent questions about ‘minibeasts’ (small invertebrates and vertebrates) from a class of four- and five-year-olds. Some questions are simple, some are surprisingly developed. But there are also questions – perfectly innocent questions – that have caused me existential crises. ‘Why do moths die?’ is one of these.

    Encouraging inquisitions about the natural world is imperative. Batting away a child’s question can be harmful: Leather and Quicke (2010) highlighted that a lack of natural history comprehension may threaten the future of our environment. Misunderstandings could result in a lack of interest and appreciation, diverting students from a very rewarding area of study. Fortunately, help is at hand: teachers can rely on a wealth of...

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  • via The Rostrum from THE ROSTRUM | Ecology, Entomology, Statistics and Science Policy
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    4 years 3 weeks ago

    Many people use spreadsheets for data entry. This is no surprise. But some go further, using them as a tool for – shudder! – data manipulation. It may be better to manage your spreadsheet via an R script instead. Why might you want to do this?

    • Accidental typing. Changing a cell’s value by mistake could, at best, have you scratching your head; at worst, your statistical analysis will be wrong. This is a very real problem for people with gigantic fingers/cats (the cats are not necessarily gigantic).
    • Sorting. If you forget to highlight a column when sorting data, the rows could become mismatched.
    • Ditching data. You might decide to delete data that are later unrecoverable, or you cut some values and forget to paste them (we’ve all been there).
    • Poor formulation. Errors in...
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  • via Matthew Dray from THE ROSTRUM | Ecology, Entomology, Statistics and Science Policy
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    4 years 3 months ago

    A bug-specialist Pokémon trainer and a Caterpie (Nintendo)

    Satoshi Tajiri was a Japanese boy with a passion for catching arthropods. He went on to become the creator of one of the most successful videogame franchises of all time. The link between these two sentences is not obvious until you realise that Tajiri was the creator of Pokémon. His experiences of...

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