R, shiny, feminism

News and notes

    I really want to go see this, which looks awesome. Wendy and I caught the trailer while seeing The Imitation Game on Monday: 70s womens' rights movement and intersectionality? Hell yes. rthreejs has some darn purdy visualisations I shall be taking advantage of soon-ish! I wrote an app for visualising…

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    Holiday time!

    books

    This photo contains the totality of what I'll be achieving in the next two weeks. For the first time since January 2014, I'm taking a holiday. For the first time since...crap. Late 2012. I'm taking a holiday that doesn't heavily feature people. My desktop and laptop will be mostly…

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    R, lists

    I hate this language

    example <- list(list_element = list(c("random string"))) Possible ways of setting list_element: example$list_element <- "whatever" example['list_element'] <- "whatever" example[[1]] <- "whatever" Fine, right? Except these do different things. Options 1 and 3 really doesn't care what list_element…

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    Twitter, paper.li, grumpasaurus rex

    Has anyone actually used paper.li?

    In all of history. Not to write something, but to read something. Anyone? I keep getting infuriatingly spammy twitter mentions from some goofball who has decided to write an [R/Wikipedia/data analysis/people-who-cuss] "newsletter" on that site. I've never actually seen anyone use it, though, and I've never had…

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    R, Star Wars, EARL2015

    News and notes

      It looks like I'll be talking here in Boston at Earl 2015 The best bit about this writeup on Ballghazi is the sentence opening "Based on the assumption that fumbles per play follow a normal distribution". I don't know about anyone else, but I've never seen an actual, real-world phenomenon…

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      R, urltools, packages

      Announcing urltools 1.0.0

      Stepping aside from driving useRs crazy with grumpiness, for a second: Back in December I released urltools, a library for handling URLs within R. While R theoretically has a URL encoder and decoder, these are in practise neither vectorised nor particularly efficient, and are actively buggy. urltools improved on this…

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      cage.fight()

      The R statistics package is a free software tool designed by sadistic psychology professors to find the exact point at which PhD students’ minds collapse under stress. It is so difficult to master that the authors of the software had to invent a super-intelligent robot, Hadley Wickham, to understand exactly…

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      Don't use the mailing lists

      I love the R community deeply. That's the first thing I should say. Well, really, the first thing I should say is that people I cite, quote and praise in this essay do not necessarily endorse it - and in many cases don't know that it's being written. It's slightly…

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      statistics, gender gap

      Tab-clearing

      Heading off to SF shortly, so scrubbing my machines: My coworker Ellery, who works with our fundraising team, has some interesting thoughts on A/B testing. Max and Magnus's work on the gender gap. Randy Zwitch has an interesting demonstrator of using SQL windowing to sessionise events within the database…

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      sessions, Human-Computer Interaction, academia

      WWW 2015

      A paper Aaron and I wrote with a set of GroupLens collaborators has just been accepted to WWW 2015. Looking forward to seeing some of you in Florence in May! Abstract: Session identification is a common strategy used to develop metrics for web analytics and behavioral analyses of user-facing systems…

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