Archive for October, 2015

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Comparing map projections

Fun site for map nerds or anyone trying to get a grasp on the differences between projections. via Visualizing Data

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Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Hans Rosling: Don’t use news media to understand the world

Hans Rosling discusses the news media view of the world versus one based on data. I agree. The media’s need for interesting and entertaining news means that stories such as “It’s a Pretty Safe Time for Most” or “Things are Slightly Better Than Last Year” are not written or at least not emphasized. We should […]

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Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

IDL wish list: vectorized ternary operator

The ternary operator is a handy syntax for creating a result based on a (scalar) condition that is evaluated for truth. For example, I frequently use it to set a default value for an input variable, like the following that uses a default value of 5.0 if x is not present: _x = n_elements(x) eq […]

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