Research

Which file compression to use on Linux?

This is a quick comparison of some of the data compression and decompression formats on Linux. The idea is to compare compression/decompression time and compression size difference using seven compression formats on five different file types.

Structure 'Sort by Q' explained.

STRUCTURE is a popular software used by biologists to infer the population structure of organisms using genetic markers. Barplots in STRUCTURE have an option to sort individuals by Q. We explore the 'Sort by Q' option using R and Excel to figure out what it does.

A guide to elegant tiled heatmaps in R

A step-by-step guide to data preparation and plotting of simple, neat and elegant heatmaps in R using base graphics and ggplot2.

Elegant scientific graphs: Learning from examples

Scientific graphics are key to understanding complex data. In addition to graphing data, it is important that the graphics are clean, elegant and visually stunning. This post explores examples of attractive graphs from popular magazines and news websites.