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A Step to the Right in R Assignments

I received an out-of-band question on the use of %<>% in my CDC FluView post, and took the opportunity to address it in a broader, public fashion. Anyone using R knows that the two most common methods of assignment are the venerable (and sensible) left arrow <- and it’s lesser cousin =. <- has an […]

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Rforecastio Package Update (1.1.0)

I’ve bumped up the version number of Rforecastio (github) to 1.1.0. The new features are: removing the SSL certificate bypass check (it doesn’t need it anymore) using plyr for easier conversion of JSON->data frame adding in a new daily forecast data frame roxygen2 inline documentation library(Rforecastio) library(ggplot2) library(plyr)   # NEVER put API keys in […]

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Points, Polygons and Power Outages

Most of my free coding time has been spent tweaking a D3-based live power outage tracker for Central Maine Power customers (there’s also a woefully less-featured Shiny app for it, too). There is some R associated with the D3 vis, but it’s limited to a cron job that’s makes the CSV files for the sparklines […]

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Reverse IP Address Lookups With R (From Simple To Bulk/Asynchronous)

R lacks some of the more “utilitarian” features found in other scripting languages that were/are more geared—at least initially—towards systems administration. One of the most frustrating missing pieces for security data scientists is the lack of ability to perform basic IP address manipulations, including reverse DNS resolution (even though it has nsl() which is just […]

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My Picks From #PyCon2013

While you can (and should) view all the presentations from #PyCon2013, here are my picks for the ones that interested me the most, as they focus on scaling, mapping, automation (both web & electronics) and data analysis: Chef: Why you should automate your web infrastructure by Kate Heddleston Messaging at Scale at Instagram by Rick […]

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