Modifying facet scales in ggplot2

by on February 27, 2018

There is a very old issue in ggplot2 about the ability to modify particular scales when using facet_wrap() or facet_grid(). I often have this problem when using lots of facets, as sometimes the labels overlap with eachother on some of the scales. Without a way to set the breaks on one particular scale, it’s hard […]

Verbifying nouns and using the pipe in ggplot2

by on February 27, 2018

There is a lot of talk about the ggplot2 package and the pipe. Should it be used? Some approaches, like the ggpipe package, replace many ggplot2 functions, adding the plot as the first argument so they can be used with the pipe. This ignores the fact that ggplot2 functions construct objects that can (and should) […]

How to look up timezones for 8,000 locations in R

by on January 8, 2018

If you have ever worked with dates and times over a wide geographical area, you will know that timezone math is tedious but important. In the forthcoming update of the rclimateca package, the list of climate locations provided in the package will contain the UTC offsets for what Environment Canada calls “local standard time”. Because […]

R data structures for Chemical Modeling

by on August 25, 2017

In the past few months I’ve done some work on PHREEQC modeling in R, as well as a whole lot of XRF data work that required converting what seemed like an ungodly number of molecular concentrations (e.g. Al2O3) into elemental concentrations (Al). Both of these highlighted a need for chemical data structures in R such […]

Using the tidyverse to wrangle core data

by on August 24, 2017

The paleolimnological data I work with most days is voluminous and difficult to wrangle. There are a lot of cores, a lot of variables, and a lot of parameters thanks to the multi-element analysis of the X-Ray Fluorescence spectrometer we’ve used recently on our sediment samples. However, since the advent of the tidyverse, this job […]

An Alternative R Wrapper for PHREEQC Geochemical Modelling

by on May 1, 2017

Recently I was introduced to PHREEQC, which is a program that models chemical interactions between rocks and water (among many, many other things). It is an open-source project by the USGS, and has a number of powerful features, including modeling equilibrium concentrations of elements according to various input parameters (e.g. temperature, pH). My task for […]

Major ggspatial updates

by on March 28, 2017

I took the day to update ggspatial an old R project that was never published to CRAN. The idea is to create ggplot layer() calls from sp Spatial* objects using a consistent interface. Last year I wrote a blog post about how that might work, and while the usage hasn’t changed much, the implementation is […]

Line-by-line, row-by-row…

by on March 27, 2017

The NatChem database from Environment Canada contains the best long-term atmospheric monitoring data that exists for Canada, similar to the National Atmospheric Deposition Program (NADP) in the US. Unlike the NADP, the distribution format associated with NatChem data is a hideous export format that looks like it was used by SAS at one point. readLines(“natchem_sample.CSV”, […]

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