25 Feb

Always Have a Pen

So a few know that I have a set of rules that I have made over the years that are some good guidelines for my life. Some of them are not appropriate here, but I would like to share my Rule #2: Always Have a Pen. (Rule #1 is not Read More

17 Feb

A Johns HopStat Hackathon

So I've been toying with the idea of organizing a Hackathon in our department for a while. Wikipedia states a hackathon is:

An event in which computer programmers and others involved in software development, including graphic designers, interface designers and project managers, collaborate intensively on software projects.

I knew JHU Read More

16 Feb

Committee Checker 2.0

Last fall I wrote a little script that might be useful for graduate students and faculty at my school: it checks to see whether a proposed faculty committee satisfies the university’s requirements. You can read more about the project in this post. This script is now a usable web app! Read More

09 Feb

let’s talk about vectorization

what’s vectorization?

In R, a “vector” refers to a one-dimensional array. A “vectorized” function f() takes a vector [x1, x2, ... , xn] as input and returns the vector [f(x1), f(x2), f(x3), ... , f(xn)]. If you’d like to read more about this, you should read Chapter 3 of the R Inferno Read More