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ipython notebook for R: Quickstart for Ubuntu

If you’re like me, you love ipython notebook but often write R.  RStudio’s integrated RMarkdown is nice, but for some contexts like quick demos or basic training, a browser-based interface is unbeatable.  What if we could get the best of

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Is the Tax Code the longest Title?

  Last week, I shared that Dan Katz and I had finally published a draft of our paper, Measuring the Complexity of the Law: The U.S. Code.  We’d previewed this research on Computational Legal Studies years ago.  Since then, we’ve received great

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Plotting average read and write operation size by ASM disk for Oracle

  Throughput, throughput, throughput – for many databases, this is the performance measure of importance.  When you are working with a fixed number of IOPS but see mixed workload types, system health can be assessed through the average read and

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Plotting Oracle RMAN backup durations with R

  How long does your Oracle RMAN backup take to complete?  How does this vary over time?  Are there patterns by week, week of month, or day of week?   The gist below can help you evaluate questions like these.

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Revisiting text processing with R and Python

  Back in 2011, I covered the relative performance difference of the most popular libraries for text processing in R and Python.   In case you can’t guess the answer, Python and NLTK  won by a significant margin over R and

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