Led a discussion of a paper at lab meeting today and think it went ok. Feeling a little worn out now and reading a delightful article shared by @lichen "Queer Theory for Lichens" http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/852433/1/Queer%20Theory%20for%20Lichens.pdf
Adjacent to my professional interests and utterly delightful.
I want to get my supervisor a draft of my first chapter by next Friday.
Trying to be better about prioritizing and realized that I don't need to do a fussy write up of the diagnostics with graphs and tables right now. I checked and know they're fine - I can put the details in the supplemental info while my supervisor is working on feedback.
You need to get the hang of reading the online help. The information required is actually there in ?dotchart --- it's just tersely and obscurely expressed. A certain degree of optimism is required. You need to ***believe*** that the information is there; then ask yourself "What could they possibly mean by what they have written that would tell me what I need to know?".
-- Rolf Turner (on reading the help pages)
R-help (June 2013) #Rstats
Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you're having a restful holiday.
I'm going to take an hour to keep reading that Sarvas paper - it's one of those treatises from the 70s that's 100 pages. There's this great picture of a tractor with big stabilizers on it and a giant ladder that they used to look at tree cones and flowers with.
I think I can skip/skim some parts and be done with reading this paper tomorrow. Let's see how it goes!
What are you up to today?
I love reading old scientific literature so much.
I've been re-reading some forestry papers by Risto Sarvas from the 60s and 70s and they're just so inviting and fun to read - and easier to understand.
They're slower to read if you already have a deep familiarity with the field, but much faster if you don't. They're not written in the modern, dense, "breakable" style. I much prefer it.
So i need daily mean temperature data for my phenology model. I have daily data near, but not at, my sites. I have monthly data at my sites via ClimateNA. So I used the monthly data to “correct” the daily data and it worked pretty good.
ClimateNA came out with a new version this week and I reran everything and HOLY SMOKES. When they say they made improvements they meant it.
The site effects in my model soak up a bunch of the weather data error and they are WAY smaller now.
regex crash course!
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. matches any character
* matches any number of the last thing
+ matches more than one of the last thing
⁜ matches less than one of the last thing
• matches dead characters
⟦⟧ matches any demons inside the brackets
⸮ matches your hopes & dreams
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(?=...) this is called a lookahead assertion. it looks into the future to tell if this regex matches, and returns accordingly.
hope this helps!
Med school admissions and justice
Medicine, for those who can manage to get the letters "MD" after their name, is basically a golden ticket to money, job security, a certain kind of power, and even moral authority
However admission to medical school is something that is only accessible to people who have spare time for volunteer work, connexions to good references and high grades (which are extremely correlated with your parents' income)
Plants in the city vs outside of it - what are they like and how do they make babies?
How does urbanization affect the reproductive characteristics and ecological affinities of street plant communities?
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