I’ve recently developed a hobby for refactoring
tidy methods from the
broom package. (We have yet to see how long that will last, but it’s a
broom is a part of the tidyverse, and as you might
expect, it tends to draw in use of some of the tidyverse tools. While
reviewing one of these functions, I cam across a very peculiar line of
One of my colleagues has his own Pinewood Derby track. He picked it up when he was teaching high school science, and used Pinewood Derby as a science activity. He also uses an electronic timing system that keeps produces all of the race data.
Transitioning from a primarily academic job into a more industrial job has required me to adapt my workflow a little. One of the adaptations that I’m still struggling to understand is how to generate reports that those in my laboratory will read. In academic research, I generally started all of my analysis reports with a description of the statistical properties of the study, described the data, presented summaries of the analysis procedures, and wrapped up with a discussion of conclusions and limitations. What took me by surprise when coming into industry is that no one here was interested in reading the details and nuances of the analysis. The very first time I drafted an analysis report, I was immediately asked to generate an executive summary at the front.
I have a long standing (bad) habit of not leveraging all of R Studio’s feature to my advantage. It’s only been in the last couple of months that I’ve started using the autocomplete functionality. But I’ve had good motivation to look further into the perks that the Integrated Development Environment has to offer me.
During my (mis)adventures of writing
pixiedust, I’ve sometimes found
myself considering ideas that I eventually decided were bad ideas. The
first such idea occurred very early on as I was trying to map out all of
the features I thought were necessary for a complete package. As I
considered the possibility of complex coloring schemes, I thought it
could be useful to generate legends to accompany tables.