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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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tl;dr Please post your question at the Bioconductor support website https://support.bioconductor.org/ and check the posting guide http://www.bioconductor.org/help/support/posting-guide/. It's important that you provide reproducible code and information about your R session. Recently I have been getting more questions about several packages I maintain. It's great to see more interest from users, but at the same time most questions lack the information I need to help the users. I have also gotten most of the questions via email, which is why I am writing this post.

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tl;dr There is a 600 million to 2 billion USD annual market related to crossing the Mexico-US border. Allow temporary work visas (say 3 years) to take over this market and use the money to boost the US Border Patrol to build a wall of eyes, not a physical wall. President Trump of the United States of America, cc President Peña Nieto of the United Mexican States Today, Wednesday January 25th 2017, you are expected to announce your plans about building a wall between the United States and Mexico.

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Have you ever had to explore a table with data? I believe the answer is yes for most people that work at a computer or even just use it for communicating with their friends and family. Tables of data pop up everywhere, for example in personal finance. Websites like Mint.com allow you to download your transactions in a CSV file called transactions.csv. CSV is one of the many formats for storing tables and most likely when you try to open the transactions.

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Over the weekend my brother wanted to figure out his class schedule for the next semester. He is a veterinary medicine and zootechnology student at UNAM. For this upcoming semester there is a set of classes he has to take and each has 8 or so instructor options. The website where he finds the class times lists about 8 pre-constructed class schedules. So he normally finds one he likes quite a bit, and then manually starts checking if he can change X instructor for Y for a given class.

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Today the UNAM community at large mourns the passing of Federico Sánchez Rodríguez. He got his bachelor's degree from the School of Chemistry - UNAM, masters and PhD degrees from Biomedicas - UNAM, postdoc from UCSF, was a member of CIFN-UNAM now called CCG-UNAM (it's his affiliation in this 1983 paper), and worked most of his career at IBT-UNAM. I'm sure that he made many friends, trained many students at all levels, and had a highly productive academic career as evidenced on his homepage where he lists many papers, patents, etc.

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