Sharla Gelfand

  • February 2019: discog-purrr

    For February’s #mememe2019 post, I thought it’s be fun to look at my music collection. I painstakingly found the correct versions of all my records and tapes and entered them into discogs, the music database, for analysis. There is a discogs API, and an R package for it, too! The discogger package is created by Ewen lastnameunknown and provides a way to query your discogs collection via R.

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  • here's what i know about tidyeval

    there’s no shortage of resources about tidyeval (i’ve listed some at the bottom), but this is a collection of what i know. there is really no “why” here, or not much. i’m more of a “how” person, so ymmv on the usefulness. i won’t use mtcars or iris because i’m bored to death of them.

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  • January 2019: Tweets

    For the first post in my Me, me, me, 2019 series, I figured I’d do something that is especially topical: tweets. Spoiler alert, but in January my tweeting was at an all time high, absolutely exacerbated by RStudio conf. As I have before, I’m using the awesome rtweet package, created by Mike Kearney.

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  • Me, me, me, 2019

    I have, ahem, a motivation problem. If you look at my blog you will see a burst of posts immediately after rstudio::conf each year (no I haven’t written this year’s post yet), followed by months of silence, maybe another post or two six months later, and repeat. I’m super prone to over-extending myself and then seriously burning out.

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  • Tidying the TTC

    Hello and welcome to another episode of tidy that data! I enjoyed my last data tidying post so much and I’ve tweeted a couple of times about the immense satisfaction I get from tidying data sets – so this is long overdue. I’m returning to the City of Toronto Open Data catalogue (FYI – they just launched their new open data portal, which includes a data blog, better catalogue navigation, a developer API, in-portal data exploration, and more!

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  • RStudio Conf 2018: I didn't lose my wallet or my keys

    RStudio Conf 2018 is is done and gone, but I wanted to write down some thoughts before they are forgotten! The conference is packed into an incredible 2 days (4 if you workshopped before) – I attended two keynotes, two fireside chats, and 20 (!) talks. These 20 talks were just a third (!

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  • Oh, the cold places I've lived

    Friday was the coldest January 5 in Toronto history: -22 Celcius (-7.6 Fahrenheit). It was cold! It really was. I stayed in and worked from home because the thought of going out there was just not appealing. Then I thought about it a little more.

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  • Tidying and mapping Toronto open data

    According to the 2017 Open Cities Index Results, the city of Toronto ranks second in Canada in terms of open data maturity. With 250+ data sets, this initiative makes it easy to access information on business, culture, environment, finance, health, parks + rec, public safety, transportation, and more. I was curious to poke around open data and learn something new along the way, both in terms of Toronto and the R ecosystem.

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  • Are people obsessed with Virgos?

    As you may know, I like astrology. Astro Poets is a great twitter account run by two poets who post painfully accurate descriptions and commentary on the twelve zodiac signs. Today they tweeted that a Viirgo wrote in asking if people like tweets about Virgos more. Now, I’m not a Virgo, and they definitely made fun of the person for asking – but now I gotta know.

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  • Tidy Text Mining with Horoscopes

    If you’ve ever talked to me for ~10 seconds, chances are I’m wondering what your zodiac sign is – any longer than that, I’ve probably asked you. Astrology is not for everyone, but it’s definitely for me! YMMV on different sites, and horoscope quality definitely varies, but I’ve found an astrologer that I’m a pretty big fan of – Chani Nicholas!

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