rstats

Asking for help is challenging but is typically worth it

Recently I’ve been thinking on the subject of asking for help. In short, it’s hard to ask for help. It involves admitting to yourself that you can’t solve the problem alone, opening yourself up, hoping that another person will understand you and guide you in the right direction. Thus it can be painful if your request for help is misunderstood, met with criticism or ignored. Regardless of these obstacles, I think that the potential rewards make it worth it.

A knot of threads: from CSHL to LCG-UNAM to Aldo Barrientos to diversity scholarship opportunities

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve started to write this post in my mind since May 2018. Today I’m finally typing it on the computer. This will be a rather long post that ties in several threads. I’ll talk about Cold Spring Harbor’s Biology of Genomes conference and its relationship to my undergrad in Mexico. I’ll also introduce you to Aldo Barrientos (1987-2011) who was was my undergrad classmate.

Steps for writing a Twitter summary conference blog post

I recently wrote several blog posts with many tweets1 as a way of taking notes during the American Society of Human Genetics 2018 conference. A few friends asked me how I did this so fast. The process can be summarized into the following main steps. Save links of tweets you want to highlight in your post. Use a hugo-powered blog to obtain the code for embedding tweets easily2. Proofread, edit and post.

R Gene Regulatory Interaction Formulator For Inquiring Networks

This blog post was written by ME Martinez-Sanchez, S Muñoz, M Carrillo, E Azpeitia, D Rosenblueth and originally posted at the CDSB blog.1 In this blog post we will describe the package rGriffin (Martinez-Sanchez, Muñoz, Carrillo, Azpeitia, et al., 2018) that was one of the projects developed during the TIB2018-BCDW. We hope to continue developing Griffin and rGriffin (Martinez-Sanchez, Muñoz, Carrillo, Azpeitia, et al., 2018). If you have ideas, suggestions or bugs, please contact us via rGriffin GitHub repo.

Getting ready to attend rOpenSci unconf18 and probably working on tidyverse-like functions for the first time

It’s Friday 7pm and it’s been a long week with ups and downs1. But I’m enthused as I write this blog post. In less than a month from now I’ll be attending rOpenSci unconf18 and it’ll be my first time at this type of event. Yay! Building on my streak of good news, I'm delighted to have been selected to attend @rOpenSci #Unconf18 https://t.co/Xe6lojB7TS ^_^ Also, thanks to the https://t.co/o5OwUWEaBD and @LieberInstitute for their support!

Latin American R/BioConductor Developers Workshop 2018

Today I’m excited to invite you to attend the Latin American R/BioConductor Developers Workshop 2018! It’ll be held in Cuernavaca, Mexico from July 30th to August 3rd, 2018. You can find the official announcement in the Bioconductor support website. Let me share with you why I’m excited about this workshop. At BioC2017, Alejandro Reyes and I talked for a while about the low representation of Latin Americans through out the years that either of us have attended the BioC meetings1.

blogdown archetype (template)

In a recent blog post I wrote about having a template for blogdown posts. I wanted to know if it was possible to do this and make my life (and others hopefully) easier for writing new blog posts that are ready to go with the features I frequently re-use. In my case, I like using BiocStyle (Oleś, Morgan, and Huber, 2017) for functions such as CRANpkg(), Biocpkg() and Githubpkg(). I also like using knitcitations (Boettiger, 2017) for citing with citep() packages or papers; I use citation() and bib_metadata() to get the necessary information, respectively.

blogdown Insert Image addin

Have you ever tried inserting an image into a blogdown post? Maybe you have, or maybe you tried and gave up. Lets first review the hard way before getting to the solution I contributed. The hard way The process involves copying the target image to the static directory that corresponds to the blogdown post. Lets say that your post is called 2018-03-07-my-new-post.Rmd and lives at content/post/, so it’s full path is content/post/2018-03-07-my-new-post.

R markdown blog template

This blog post is mostly for myself but maybe it’s useful to others. It contains my current R markdown blog template. I initially posted this as a question at StackOverflow. Then I read how much a burden we put in Yihui Xie and decided that my current setup (copy-pasting) works just fine. In any case using blogdown with the RStudio IDE is much simpler than what I used to do in the past with jekyll or with even my prior setup with blogdown.

Updating R

As you might know by now, the latest R version was recently released (R 3.4.0). That means that you are highly encouraged to update your R installation. There are several ways to do this some of which are documented in these other blog posts: Tal Galili, 2013, Kris Eberwein, 2015. You would think that it's just a matter of downloading the latest R installer for your OS, installing it, and continuing your analysis.