• R for cats and cat lovers

    May 6, 2014  |  Coding

    Programmer catFollowing the lead of JavaScript for Cats by Maxwell Ogden, Scott Chamberlain and Carson Sievert wrote R for Cats. It's a playful introduction to R intended for those who have little to no programming experience.

    The bulk of it so far is a primer on data structures, and there's a little bit on functions and some dos and don'ts. It's stuff you should know before you get into more advanced tutorials.

    Mainly though: ooo look, kitty.

    Once you're done with that (It only takes about 30 minutes.), there are lots of other resources for getting started with R.

  • Getting Started with Charts in R

    December 17, 2012  |  Tutorials

    Getting started with charts in R

    So you want to make some charts in R, but you don't know where to begin. This straightforward tutorial should teach you the basics, and give you a good idea of what you want to do next.
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  • An introduction to diagrams

    December 14, 2012  |  Network Visualization

    As a teaser for a larger project on diagrams, Jane Nisselson describes how they exist in the real world.

    Diagrams are everywhere — from the established conventions of highway signs to the newly emerging visualizations appearing on social networking websites. Most people have a personal experience of diagrams whether drawing directions or figuring out how to operate a new computer. Yet very few people are familiar with how we read or construct diagrams.

    This short film introduces the language of diagrams and their role in visual thinking and communication. As only a film can do, it reveals the vocabulary "in the wild" and in the context of making and using diagrams.

    I'm looking forward to the rest if this is any indication of what's to come.

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