On 2015-09-29 in a televised Congressional hearing, Representative Jason Chaffetz, Chairman of the US House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, challenged Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of …

# Continuing experimenting with the reach package

Continuing my experimenting with the reach package (by Christoph Schmidt) for R, I’ve begun developing tools for using R Markdown to create course materials that include MATLAB syntax and output. My goal is …

# Improving the reproducibilty of MATLAB computing with R, RStudio, and reach

Why run MATLAB from R? My engineering students use MATLAB for a lot of their computational work, so I have quite a number of labs, tutorials, homework sets, etc. that …

# Using Rmd to write about using Rmd

In reproducing Jenny Bryan’s article on including verbatim R chunks in R Markdown (Rmd) scripts, I initially forgot John Gruber’s markdown basics for verbatim code output: To specify an entire …

# Fixing one graph at a time

In August 2007, Science published a bar graph that illustrates how design decisions made to attract a reader’s eye can also distort and conceal meaning. While the distortions were surely unintentional, the …

# Rmd to docx collaboration superpowers!

Introduction: who, why, and how? Who this post is for. This post is for RStudio users who want to use R Markdown (Rmd) scripts to create Word (docx) documents and …

# First steps towards reproducible research

Credibility in computational science Scientific credibility, especially in computation, turns largely on the success or failure of attempts to reproduce findings. Reproducibility has become a topic of discussion in many disciplines …

# Readings on graph design

Workshop attendees have asked what readings I recommend on graph design. If you were to read just one book on creating effective graphs, I recommend N. Robbins. Creating more effective graphs. …

# Short review: 3 books on reproducible research with R

Reproducible research can be defined in a number of ways. My personal, practical definition is the tying together of code and text such that the provenance of the work—from gathering …

# R to docx: Comparing R markdown v2 to ReporteRs

Like many R users, I collaborate with colleagues who prefer docx and pptx file formats. My usual work flow has been to use RStudio/knitr/LaTeX (.Rnw files) to produce a PDF …