Naming things is hard

Prefixing R function names

‘There are only two hard things in Computer Science: cache invalidation and naming things.’ The above quip by Phil Karlton is fairly well known and often quoted, sometimes with amusing extensions: There are two hard things in computer science: cache invalidation, naming things, and off-by-one errors.— Jeff Atwood (@codinghorror) August... [Read More]
Tags: rstats, R, exercism, open source, programming

The spark of statistics

The science of us

I’ve enjoyed maths for pretty much as long as I can remember. I’m aware that it is rare to make such a statement. Probably straight up weird to some. But that just shows how much I have to be grateful for. I am indebted to my parents, extended family and... [Read More]
Tags: statistics, maths, teachers, learning, rstats

Data Science Podcasts

Make the most of your commute!

Podcasts are awesome. Especially when you’re stuck in traffic on the way to work. Below are some podcasts I listen to that relate to data science and statistics. Each of them has something slightly different to offer, so if this is an area of interest to you then I recommend... [Read More]
Tags: rstats, R, podcasts, data science, statistics, analytics

R track on

The devil is in the details!

As I’ve said before, when it comes to programming I’m a firm believer in the “learn by doing” approach. is a project which exemplifies this. I came across earlier this year while exploring GitHub looking for an open source project to contribute to. The premise is fairly simple:... [Read More]
Tags: rstats, R, exercism, open source, learning, programming

satRday Cape Town

SA's first R conference

Almost a full month has passed since satRday Cape Town. Time races on (as always) bringing plenty of challenges and opportunities with each new day, but part of me wants to go back and re-live the experience, just to have some more time to take it all in again. It’s... [Read More]
Tags: rstats, R, satRday, conference, Cape Town, South Africa