
Review: “Forest Analytics with R: an introduction”
Forestry is the province of variability. From a spatial point of view this variability ranges from withintree variation (e.g. modeling wood properties) to billions of trees growing in millions of hectares (e.g. forest inventory). From a temporal point of view we can deal with daily variation in a physiological model to many decades in an…

R’s increasing popularity. Should we care?
Some people will say ‘you have to learn R if you want to get a job doing statistics/data science’. I say bullshit, you have to learn statistics and learn to work in a variety of languages if you want to be any good, beyond getting a job today coding in R. R4stats has a recent…

On the destruction of a trial of genetically modified pines
The media in New Zealand briefly covered the destruction of a trial with genetically modified pines (Pinus radiata D. Don, vulgar name Radiata pine, Monterey pine) near Rotorua. This is not the first time that Luddites destroy a trial, ignoring that they have been established following regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency. Most people have…

EarlyFebruary flotsam
Mike Croucher at Walking Randomly points out an interesting difference in operator precedence for several mathematical packages to evaluate a simple operation 2^3^4. It is pretty much a divide between Matlab and Excel (does the later qualify as mathematical software?) on one side with result 4096 (or (2^3)^4) and Mathematica, R and Python on the…

MidJanuary flotsam: teaching edition
I was thinking about new material that I will use for teaching this coming semester (starting the third week of February) and suddenly compiled the following list of links: