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Database adventures

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Recently I’ve set up both a PostgreSQL and MySQL server to host databases related to some of our projects in the Ward Lab. I should note that I have no idea ...

Finding coordinates for cities, etc. with R

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The problem: you have data that includes the name of a village or city in which something happened, but not coordinates for that village or city. This seems ...

What’s in a SIGACT

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I've been working with SIGACT data (military significant activities reports) all day as part of a research project. When you are dealing with thousands of th...

Plot of Duke grade inflation

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Someone sent around a link this morning to data on grade inflation at Duke, which shows a table of average GPAs for undergraduates from 1932 on. Looking at t...