You might have heard of the Advent of Code,
a 25-day challenge involving a programming puzzle a day, to be solved
with the language of your choice. I’ve noted the popularity of this
activity in my Twitter timeline but also in my GitHub timeline where
I’ve seen the creation of a few
advent-of-code or so repositories.
If I were to participate one year, I’d probably use R. Jenny Bryan’s
tweet above inspired me to try and gauge the popularity of languages
used in the Advent of Code. To do that, in this post, I shall use the
search endpoint of GitHub V3 API to identify Advent of Code 2018 repos.
rOpenSci post-doc hacker Jeroen Ooms has just released a cool new package,
av, that he wrote “will become the video counterpart of the magick package which [rOpenSci uses] for working with images.”.
av provides bindings to the FFmepg libraries for editing videos. It’s already become a renderer for
gganimate by Thomas Lin Pedersen, but
av allows more than making videos of graphics. In this post, I’ll show how to use
webshot to make a trailer/sneak preview of a slidedeck, i.e. a short video featuring the first few slides on music!
It’s October, time for spooky Twitter names! If you’re on this social
media platform, you might have noticed some of your friends switching
their names to something spooky and punny. Last year I was “Maelstrom
Salmon”, which I find scary but is arguably not that funny. Anyhow, what
if you want to switch your name but have no inspiration? In this post,
we shall explore R’s abilities to help us with that with the help of
webscraping, phonetic spelling and string distance algorithms, and the
magic of randomness!
What can a kaka, a kakapo, an European rabbit and a grey heron have in
common? Well, they might co-habit in the bookshelf of an R user, since
they’re all animals on the covers of popular R books: “R
Packages”, “R for Data
Science”, “Text mining with
R” and “Efficient R
Their publisher, O’Reilly, has now based its brand on covers featuring
beautiful gravures of animals.
Recently, while wondering what the name of R for Data Science bird was
again (I thought it was a kea!), I was thrilled to find the whole
O’Reilly menagerie, i.e. a list of
books and corresponding animals! The website also features a link to “A
short history of the O’Reilly
that was an amazing read. In it was noted that “The animals are in
trouble.”, with a few examples of endangered species. It inspired me to
actually try and assess the conservation status of O’Reilly animals
using responsible webscraping, taxonomic name resolving and IUCN Redlist
I was until recently subscribed to an email list, ALLSTAT, “A UK-based worldwide e-mail broadcast system for the statistical community, operated by ICSE for HEA Statistics.” created in 1998. That’s how I saw the ad for my previous job in Barcelona! Now, I dislike emails more and more so I unsubscribed, but I’d still check out the archives any time I need a job, since many messages are related to openings.