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Function of the day

Construct the path to a file from components in a platform-independent way.

Package of the day

This package implements a data structure similar to hashes in Perl and dictionaries in Python but with a purposefully R flavor. For objects of appreciable size, access using hashes outperforms native named lists and vectors.

Question of the day

On general request, a community wiki on producing latex tables in R. In this post I'll give an overview of the most commonly used packages and blogs with code for producing latex tables from less straight-forward objects. Please feel free to add any I missed, and/or give tips, hints and little tricks on how to produce nicely formatted latex tables with R.

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2 hours 8 min ago
As global warming causes sea levels to rise, the risk of flooding for coastal settlements also rises over time. A recent analysis by Reuters find that incidents of coastal flooding along the Eastern seaboard of the United States have surged in recent years as the sea level steadily rises.  
2 days 22 hours ago
Pearl Jam has been featuring in my playlist recently, which reminded me of this old Misheard Lyrics video for Yellow Ledbetter:   The funny think is, I don't think Yellow Ledbetter has official lyrics, so these might be as good as any. I've seen it performed a few times on stage, and each time the lyrics are different. Not as wildly divergent as these, but still: variations each time. (If anyone does know what the actual lyrics are, please point me to the source!) That's all for this week. See you Monday!
3 days 2 hours ago
I was honoured to be invited earlier this month to the Directions of Statistical Computing meeting in Brixen, Italy. DSC is one of two meetings run by the R Project and unlike the useR! conference, DSC is a much smaller and intimate meeting (DSC 2014 had about 30 participants).

Featured How To

The following list of data sources has been modified as of 3/18/14. Most of the data sets listed below are free, however, some are not.