Category Archives: R

How Does An Astronomer Become A Data Scientist?

I have been asked this question by several junior colleagues, so I thought my answer might be valuable to a broader audience. In particular, these young scientists were keen to learn how their skills might be transferable to another field. … Continue reading

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The 8th Extremely Large Databases Conference and Workshop

These annual workshops that discuss ” …the real-world challenges, practical considerations, and nuts-and-bolts solutions in the realm of managing and analyzing extreme scale data sets.”  The attendees include Big Data users from industry and science, developers, researchers, and providers. This year’s … Continue reading

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It’s impossible to conduct research without software, say 7 out of 10 UK researchers

This is the the title of a blog post at the UK’s Software Sustainability Institute, which reports the results of a survey conducted amongst 417 UK researchers across many disciplines. This is the most extensive survey of its type conducted … Continue reading

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Software Carpentry Lessons Learned – A Talk at Sci Py2014

This is a video of a highly entertaining presentation by Greg Wilson, the founder of Software Carpentry, which teaches lab skills for scientific computing through intensive “boot camps” and on-line resources. The story of how Software Carpentry came about alone … Continue reading

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Licensing Your Code: GPL, BSD and Edvard Munch’s “The Scream”

I have for some time considered changing to a more permissive license (with Caltech’s approval) for the Montage image mosaic engine, as the the current license forbids modification and redistribution of the code. My first attempt at navigating the many … Continue reading

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Using R For Statistical Analysis – Two Useful Videos

Many people use R, an extensible, community-maintained language and environment for statistical computing and graphics. It is a powerful system, but one of the complaints I have heard is that getting started can be a little difficult. So this week, … Continue reading

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