Global map of country names

This post demonstrates the use of two very cool R packages - ggrepel and patchwork. ggrepel deals with overlapping text labels (Code#1 at the bottom of this post): patchwork is a very convenient new package for combining multiple different plots together (i.e. what we usually to use grid and gridExtra for). More info: https://github.com/slowkow/ggrepel https://github.com/thomasp85/patchwork To really demonstrate the power of them, let’s make a global map of country names using ggrepel:

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I’ve been doing data science for over 10 years now. Although most of this time I didn’t realise I was doing data science. I thought I was just doing normal science but focusing on simulations and data analysis, rather than field or lab work. I’ve switched fields a few times now- physics BSc, Chemistry PhD, now working in medical research. Therefore, instead of this lenghty introduction: “I’m a physicist by background with substantial interdisciplinary expertise in simulations, data analysis, programming…”

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Day 0 (Sunday 18-February 2018) Left Edinburgh at 8am for a 1pm ferry Kennacraig to Port Askaig (Islay). Edinburgh-Kennacraig should be a 3.5h drive (and it was), but we left early to allow for any delays on the road. Arrived on Islay at 3pm and our accommodation near Port Ellen (southern Islay, close to to Ardbeg, Lagavulin, Laphroiaig) was a 40 min drive from the port. Map of Islay with all its lovely distilleries.

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Between 2014-2018 I published 29 posts on riinudata.wordpress.com. Today I’m converting all of those to my new website powered by blogdown-Hugo. Step 1 Read the Migration: From Wordpress chapter of the blogdown book. Step 2 Get all your wordpress posts into one XML: WP Admin - Tools - Export. Step 3 Install Exitwp and its dependencies (pyyamp, beautifulsoup4, html2text): git clone https://github.com/thomasf/exitwp.git sudo easy_install pip sudo pip install pyyaml sudo pip install beautifulsoup4 sudo pip install html2text This worked on macOS1 High Sierra - I already had python installed.

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We are live! I wrote my last blog post on Wordpress on 20-October 2017 and promised myself this was the last time. I’ve been blogging on Wordpress since 2014 and the more I used it the more painful it got! This is most likely caused by the fact that I have been thrifting further and further away from point-and-click interfaces anyway…oh and discovering MARKDOWN. My two rules: text is written in Markdown (I use R Markdown/knitr/bookdown, e.

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Your first Shiny app

What is Shiny? Shiny is an R package (install.packages("shiny")) for making your outputs interactive. Furthermore, Shiny creates web apps meaning your work can be shared online with people who don’t use R. In other words: with Shiny, R people can make websites without ever learning Javascript etc. I am completely obsessed with Shiny and these days I end up presenting most of my work in a Shiny app. If it’s not worth putting in a Shiny app it’s not worth doing.

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Riinu Ots

if it aint broke, you’re outdated

Data Manager

Edinburgh, UK