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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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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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Managing research ideas

Published on 25 May 2013

I received this email today: Dear Pro­fes­sor Hyn­d­man, I was won­der­ing if you could maybe give me some advice on how to orga­nize your research process. I am able to search the lit­er­a­ture on a cer­tain topic and iden­tify where there is a ques­tion to work with. My main dif­fi­cult is to orga­nize my paper anno­ta­tions in order to help me to guide my research process, i.e, how to man­age the infor­ma­tion gath­ered in those papers to com­pose and struc­ture a doc­u­ment which can rep­re­sent the research devel­oped so far. I have been look­ing at dif­fer­ent tools such scrivener, Qiqqa, papers2, etc but I am not sure if one of these tools would be the right way to go. To be hon­est I am not even sure a tool would do what I am look­ing for, not just orga­nize ref­er­ences and anno­tate pdfs but to get more con­trol of my research process. I appre­ci­ate if I could get your thoughts on this subject.

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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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Blogs about research

Published on 9 August 2012

If you find this blog help­ful (or even if you don’t but you’re inter­ested in blogs on research issues and tools), there are a few other blogs about doing research that you might find use­ful. Here are a few that I read. Pat­ter — Pat Thom­son. The The­sis Whis­perer — Inger Mew­burn. The Research Whis­perer – sev­eral RMIT researchers. the (research) supervisor’s friend — Geof Hill. My Research Rants – Jordi Cabot. The Three Month The­sis – James Hay­ton. prof­se­ri­ous – Anthony Finkel­stein. Aca­d­e­mic Life — Mar­i­aluisa Aliotta. Help for New Pro­fes­sors — Faye Hicks. The Art of Sci­en­tific Writ­ing – Faye Hicks. Explo­rations of style– Rachael Cay­ley. shar­manedit — Anna Shar­man. Grad­Hacker – writ­ers from sev­eral uni­ver­si­ties. PhD Life – War­wick Uni stu­dents. PhD Comics — essen­tial read­ing for every PhD stu­dent, and good ther­apy. I’ve cre­ated a bun­dle so you can sub­scribe to all of these in one go. Of course, there are lots of sta­tis­tics blogs as well, and blogs about other research dis­ci­plines. The ones above are those that con­cen­trate on generic research issues.

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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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Seeking help

Published on 8 May 2012

Every day I receive emails, or com­ments on this blog, ask­ing for help with R, fore­cast­ing, LaTeX, pos­si­ble research top­ics, how to install soft­ware, or some other thing I’m sup­posed to know some­thing about. Unfor­tu­nately, I can­not pro­vide a one-​​​​man help ser­vice to the rest of the world. I used to reply to all the requests explain­ing where to go for help, but I stopped reply­ing a while ago as it took too much time to do even that. If you want help, please ask at either stats​.stack​ex​change​.com (for R or sta­tis­tics ques­tions) or tex​.stack​ex​change​.com (for LaTeX ques­tions). Unless you are one of my stu­dents, the only ques­tions I will answer are ones that con­cern my R pack­ages or research papers. And even then, I won’t reply if the answer is in the help files. I write those help files for a rea­son, so please read them. I’m sorry I can’t do more, but if I did every­thing peo­ple ask me to do, I’d never write any papers or pro­duce any R pack­ages, and I think that’s a bet­ter use of my time.

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Following authors on Google Scholar

Published on 31 January 2012

A great new fea­ture has been added to Google Scholar Cita­tions. For those authors who have set up a cita­tions page, it is now pos­si­ble to get email alerts for any new arti­cles they pub­lish, or for any new cita­tions of their arti­cles. So you can track cita­tions to your own work this way, and stay up-​​​​to-​​​​date with key authors in your field. Set­ting up a Google Cita­tions page is super-​​​​easy and was already worth doing. This new func­tion­al­ity is another rea­son to do it. After all, as researchers we want peo­ple to read our stuff, so we might as well make it as easy as pos­si­ble for peo­ple to find what we write. To set up your Google Cita­tions page, go to scholar​.google​.com/​c​i​t​a​tions. To fol­low an author, find their cita­tions page and look for the “Fol­low this author” box at the top right of the page. Hope­fully, Google will add RSS feeds as an option in the future as I’d much rather get alerts that way then by yet more email in my inbox.

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