30 May 2012
Ever wondered how to get twitter data? I spent much of today listening to a great presentation on this subject by Derek Ruths at the 2012 Computational Social Science workshop hosted at IQSS and conveniently broadcast on the web. I'm not sure if video of the presentation will be available, but the code is all available and is extremely well done. For the most part, it worked "out of the box" while I was sitting there listening to the lecture, which is incredible. More incredible, it seemed like it worked for most of the people there. I've never seen a live scripting demonstration go so smoothly.
12 May 2012
1) I love seeing other people's first sketches. I sketch first too, and I find that the quality of any graphic can mostly be determined by how good the idea was when I first sketched it.
2) This reminded me that rather than using R to make my final figures, I really need run them through Illustrator. Nathan Yau's book Visualize This gives some awesome worked examples of how to clean up R graphics in Illustrator. (And for Harvard folks, the book is available online through Widener library!).