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For Academics

Density plot

A density plot can be used to compare the distribution of different variables.


To find out the version of all R packages used, which is useful to refer to in publications

Installing packages

Sometimes a package is needed that is not part of the R installation. It is easy to install it, and all its dependencies.


Often a model will show a difference between the two levels of a factor. R makes it easy to illustrate the difference graphically.

Subset data

It is easy to create a subset of a data.frame with the subset command in R.

Sort data frame

Ordering a data frame by a particular column can be quicker than doing it in excel, if the data frame is large.

Save a plot

It is useful to save R graphics with code, so the file creation and naming can be automated.

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Sex chromosome twitter bot

Silene twitter bot

I setup the sexChr_papers twitter bot following Rob Lanfear's instructions.

I am interested in papers on sex chromosome evolution, and thus remove medical search terms. The pubmed search is sex chromosome NOT aneuploidy NOT patient? NOT chronic NOT acute NOT clinical NOT prenatal NOT diagnostic NOT congenital NOT infant? NOT syndrome NOT trisom* NOT sperm.

Casey Bergman is gathering literature Twitter bots here.