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Generating tables in LaTeX

Published on 15 April 2014

Typ­ing tables in LaTeX can get messy, but there are some good tools to sim­plify the process. One I dis­cov­ered this week is tables​gen​er​a​tor​.com, a web-​​​​based tool for gen­er­at­ing LaTeX tables. It also allows the table to saved in other for­mats includ­ing HTML and Mark­down. The inter­face is sim­ple, but it does most things. For com­pli­cated tables, some addi­tional for­mat­ting may be necessary.

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Getting a LaTeX system set up

Published on 4 April 2014

Today I was teach­ing the hon­ours stu­dents in econo­met­rics and eco­nom­ics about LaTeX. Here are some brief instruc­tions on how to set up a LaTeX sys­tem on dif­fer­ent oper­at­ing systems.

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Online collaborative writing

Published on 28 January 2014

Every­one who has writ­ten a paper with another author will know it can be tricky mak­ing sure you don’t end up with two ver­sions that need to be merged. The good news is that the days of send­ing updated drafts by email back­wards and for­wards is finally over (hav­ing lasted all of 25 years — I can barely imag­ine writ­ing papers before email).

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OTexts​.org is launched

Published on 27 September 2013

The pub­lish­ing plat­form I set up for my fore­cast­ing book has now been extended to cover more books and greater func­tion­al­ity. Check it out at www​.otexts​.org.

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Removing white space around R figures

Published on 22 February 2013

When I want to insert fig­ures gen­er­ated in R into a LaTeX doc­u­ment, it looks bet­ter if I first remove the white space around the fig­ure. Unfor­tu­nately, R does not make this easy as the graphs are gen­er­ated to look good on a screen, not in a doc­u­ment. There are two things that can be done to fix this problem.

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SimpleR tips, tricks and tools

Published on 21 November 2012

I gave this talk last night to the Mel­bourne Users of R Network.

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Makefiles for R/​LaTeX projects

Published on 31 October 2012

Updated: 21 Novem­ber 2012 Make is a mar­vel­lous tool used by pro­gram­mers to build soft­ware, but it can be used for much more than that. I use make when­ever I have a large project involv­ing R files and LaTeX files, which means I use it for almost all of the papers I write, and almost of the con­sult­ing reports I produce.

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LaTeX loops

Published on 23 October 2012

Today I was writ­ing a report which included 20 fig­ures, with the names demandplot1.pdf, demandplot2.pdf, …, demandplot20.pdf, and all with sim­i­lar cap­tions. Clearly a loop was required. After all, LaTeX is a pro­gram­ming lan­guage, so we should be able to take advan­tage of its capabilities.

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Bare bones beamer

Published on 1 August 2012

Beamer is far and away the most pop­u­lar soft­ware for pre­sen­ta­tions amongst researchers in math­e­mat­ics and sta­tis­tics. Most con­fer­ence and sem­i­nar talks I attend these days use beamer. Unfor­tu­nately, they all look much the same. I think peo­ple find beamer themes too hard to mod­ify eas­ily, so a small num­ber of tem­plates get shared around. Even the oth­er­wise won­der­ful LaTeX Tem­plates site has no beamer exam­ples. The beamer user guide explains how to make changes but it is not for the faint-​​​​hearted (although it is a fan­tas­tic resource once you have some exper­tise). So I thought it might be use­ful to pro­duce a very sim­ple beamer tem­plate that is easy to extend and modify.

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Blog aggregators

Published on 15 May 2012

A very use­ful way of keep­ing up with blogs in a par­tic­u­lar area is to sub­scribe to a blog aggre­ga­tor. These will syn­di­cate posts from a large num­ber of blogs and pro­vide links back to the orig­i­nal sources. So you only need to sub­scribe once to get all the good stuff in that area. There are now sev­eral blog aggre­ga­tors avail­able that might be of inter­est to read­ers here. And this blog is now syn­di­cated on sev­eral other sites includ­ing those listed below.

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