On blogging

When I was an honours student (in Australia an honours degree is a one year [in practice, it’s about ten months] undergraduate research program you can take after your Bachelor’s and has nothing to do with the traditional meaning of the word “honours”), I literally jumped into the deep end of bioinformatics. I recall joining…

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On learning

Sometime in the past this blog was called “Musings from a PhD candidate”, despite hardly writing any blog posts that were of the contemplative sort. It later evolved to “Musings from an unlikely candidate” because I had received my PhD, which I thought was quite an unlikely event given my background. However, this carried a…

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Plotting weather data using R

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology provides historical weather data, some of which can be freely downloaded. In this blog post, I will plot the weather data collected at two weather stations in Brisbane: the Brisbane Regional Office weather station (latitude 27.466 degrees south, longitude 153.0270 degrees east, and elevation of 38 metres) with data available…

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Solving problems with graphs

I saw this question on Quora: A teacher assigns each of her 18 students a different integer from 1 through 18. The teacher forms pairs of study partners by using the rule that the sum of the pair of numbers is a perfect square. Assuming the 9 pairs of students follow this rule, the student…

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Learning R through a mini game part 3

This is my third post on learning R through the BetaBit package, which contains three mini games for learning R. I wrote about the first game, called proton, late last year and the second game, called frequon, a week and a half ago. The third game is called regression and it’s much more statistical than…

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Learning R through a mini game part 2

Late last year I discovered proton, an educational game in R about processing data frames, via R-bloggers and had a go at it. I thought it was fun and educational; it was also the first time I tried to use the dplyr package. I recently learned that there are two more games produced by the…

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What do I use?

Almost two years ago, I found this Q&A series on Biostars that asks well-known bioinformaticians what tools they use for their work: This is a nice Q&A series on @BioStarQuestion that shows what some known bioinformaticians use https://t.co/CYIiNJiLiF #bioinformatics — Dave Tang (@davetang31) October 10, 2014 The questions asked were: What hardware do you use?…

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Less blogging, more GitHub repositories

Another two months have gone by without any new blog posts; I’ve just been occupied with various other tasks: I don't how people juggle between writing grants, reviewing grants, writing papers, and doing actual sciency stuff #struggling — Dave Tang (@davetang31) May 10, 2016

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2015 WordPress report

Well it’s the last day of the year; as a tradition I started last year, here’s my WordPress Annual Report. Compared to last year, I’ve got slightly more visitors (250,000 -> 280,000) from slightly more countries (184 -> 191) per annum. See you next year!

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Managing papers

Update: 2015 August 19th: I discovered the “Retrieve Metadata from PDF” feature in Zotero that can retrieve all the metadata from a PDF and adds all the relevant information. (This doesn’t work for all PDFs but for the majority it works. Note that if you perform too many queries, Google Scholar will restrict you from…

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