Wednesday, July 2, 2014

No More Excel Sheets for That Man

Some on the Net created a Github project called "Capital in the 21st Century in R", the contributors are attempting to reproduce all graphs and computations of Piketty's book in R language (the author apparently used Excel). To Piketty's credit, his sheets were shared and data is (somewhat?) accessible; but sharing reproducible code / data written in a sane programming language, through Github, preferably displayable in an ipython noteebook (which also allows running R code BTW) is much better. One post here shows how using equally spaced x-axis (which is a quite normal thing to do), changes the shape of the graph.

Health Apocalypse Now

Link Much of my time for the past year has been spent navigating the medical maze on behalf of my mother, who has dementia. I obser...