Dispatches from the mean field

The grammar of data

This winter, I am teaching a class on data management and analysis to biology seniors, for the second time. Now that the data munging part of it is done, I would like to share an observation which is as brief as it is unoriginal, about an underlying principle of data manipulation.

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2018, Feb 12
Diffential Equations with Julia, updated.
2018, Feb 05
But why should we model things anyways?
2018, Jan 29
When are networks worth it?
2018, Jan 22
The value of getting nothing done.
2018, Jan 15
Naive Bayesian Classification of parasite data
2018, Jan 08
Notes on the Gillespie algorithm - part 2
2018, Jan 01
Notes on the Gillespie algorithm - part 1
2017, Dec 04
Live mathematical modeling
2017, Nov 27
Fail, fail, fail. Then fail again.
2017, Nov 20
“No true Scotsman” (and no true ecologist)
2017, Nov 13
A biogeographic study of Paw Patrol.
2017, Nov 06
Solving differential equations for ecological problems.
2017, Oct 16
Reproducing modelling papers is important and instructive.
2017, Oct 09
Why I can’t enjoy PhD Comics, and why I may be wrong.
2017, Oct 02
How to ensure you have early career speakers at your next events.
2017, Sep 25
Five tips to make better presentations
2017, Sep 18
Hypotheses are over-rated. Don’t let them ruin your writing.
2017, Sep 11
Data training: community over institution
2017, Aug 07
What I look for in a Software paper.
2017, Jul 31
The most important scientific figure ever drawn.
2017, Jul 24
Bipartite networks are not sampled well.
2017, Jul 17
Is community ecology a thing?
2017, Jul 10
Julia in ecology: why multiple dispatch is good
2017, Jul 03
The futility of sharing ecological data
2017, Jun 26
Responding to reviewers, part 2
2017, Jun 19
Responding to reviewers, part 1
2017, Jun 12
Science Bioblitz, data quality, and crowd-sourcing
2017, Jun 05
We can't see the forest for the bird.
2017, May 30
Two grants should be enough.
2017, May 29
When exactly is it citizen science?
2017, May 22
In defense of over-simplified ecological models.
2017, May 15
Computational ecology – currencies for collaboration
2017, May 08
The artist and the craftsman.
2017, May 01
What is computational ecology?
2017, Apr 24
Approximate Bayesian Computation and tiny data in ecology
2017, Apr 17
Ecology’s unhealthy obsession with patterns
2017, Apr 10
Is ecology replicable?
2017, Apr 03
Advanced research computing for ecology
2017, Mar 31
Ecological modeling is world building