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Miscellanea, poorly written code, and idle thoughts from a transfeminine lady-ish science person. That’s a real thing, right? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Sometime back in late April I made a strange decision to try to learn a new R package every day for 100 days. The goal was transparently ridiculous, and even at the time I was aware there was no way I could do it. Of course “a package every day” was never the primary goal. What I’d really hoped to do is get into the habit of trying out new R packages, just for my own curiosity.


I’m getting to the very end of this package tryout exercise, and I suspect this will be the last post (other than perhaps a wrap up on Friday). It’s been a mildly annoying morning: I’ve done something to my foot, I’ve been awake since 4am, and somehow my twitter feed was full of people talking about Jordan Peterson 😒 Sigh. I probably should have just blocked or muted everyone talking about him rather than engage, but what’s done is done and I’d like to enjoy the rest of my morning.


My setup is a weird mix of things that only makes sense in context


After being inspired by recent conferences, I feel brave enough to face one of my deepest fears and learn how to write compiled C++ code for R using the Rcpp package. It isn’t as scary as I thought it would be


I seem to be the last person to the party on the skimr package. For folks like myself who have been living under a rock, it’s a tidyverse style package developed by some awesome rOpenSci people, intended to provide tools for summarising (or ‘skimming’) data sets in a quick and simple way. A lot of thought has gone into it - not only is it easy to use, it has very sensible default behaviour and is flexible and not difficulty to modify. It is fun!



Quit plan

Sketch of plan to quit alcohol

Bayesian rain

This started out as an attempt to mimic Tom Griffiths’ lab logo using ASCII characters rather than MNIST digits, as a way of teaching myself the imager package, and then it got a little silly.

CompCogSci Sydney

Home page for my lab

R-Ladies Sydney

The R-Ladies Sydney chapter is committed to improving the representation of minority genders in the R community

UNSW Psychology Colloquia 2018

Schedule of speakers for the 2018 colloquium series at UNSW psychology

UNSW women in psychological science

I maintain the website for UNSW women in psych, which we set up for International Women’s Day 2018.

Gender Identity

Sometimes people like it if I explain :-)

Transgender notes

Out of necessity, I read some academic papers on transgender issues. It’s not related to my research or teaching, so I keep my notes tucked away on a separate site.