formr Installation Instructions

An installation guide taken from formr documentation and modified to include more details for those who need it. These installation instructions are provided for Ubuntu 18.04; however, they could be modified for other systems. The original instructions suggest Debian 9, but I found this much easier on Ubuntu. I have now used both Digital Ocean and Amazon Lightsail for this installation. I don’t think the product matters, but the size of the machine is likely something you should focus on. [Read More]

Is English Kurtotic?

You ever have a random text that sent your brain to work? Here’s mine today: KD Text Followed up with examples that lol is bimodal, while loop is positively skewed, and enter is “almost normal”. The lovely K.D. posed this question to me earlier, and I already have procrastinated a lot today, so here’s to more! First, I typed out some fonts in Word to help me figure out how to code the two important parts for this question: width and height. [Read More]

Lasso Myself Numbers

Hey everybody! The last couple days I have been trying to learn LASSO regression, which stands for Least Absolute Shrinkage and Selection Operator. I have several datasets with many variables, and I thought these would be a good opportunity to learn about how to lasso, while maybe answering a few questions about words. Right, the part I forgot about is that I have repeated measures data, which always complicates things. [Read More]

The Year of the Thesis

The Year of the Thesis! Just wanted to highlight several publications from this year, which were mostly theses from some fabulous young researchers: Scofield, J.E., Kostic, B., & Buchanan, E.M. (2019). How the presence of others affects desirability judgments in heterosexual and homosexual participants. Archives of Sexual Behavior, X, XX–XX. doi: 10.1007/s10508-019-01516-w Maxwell, N.P. & Buchanan, E.M. (2019). Investigating the interaction of direct and indirect relation on memory judgments and retrieval. [Read More]

Getting Translations with rvest and Selenium

In this guide, I’ll go over how you can use web scraping rvest and Selenium to get translations from Google Translate. Note: I encourage responsible scraping - I always try to do it with some space between requests. You can only do 5000 characters at a time with the free Google translate. I will say that I tried to do this with just rvest and the predictability of the links for Google translate - but I could not get rvest to pull the right data off the page, so here’s a slightly more difficult approach that appears to work. [Read More]

New Publications

Just updated my CV - here's a few new publications and conferences! The weird thing about the automatic CV updater I wrote is that you can't really predict what order the same year publications are going to be in - not that it matters in general, but it's an interesting side effect. Also, super proud - both of these are student theses turned papers: Maxwell, N.P. & Buchanan, E.M. (2019).Investigating the interaction of direct and in-direct relation on memory judgments and retrieval. [Read More]

Multilevel Modeling Workshop Materials

Many thanks to Rutgers University Spanish and Portuguese Department (https://span-port.rutgers.edu/) for asking me to come talk about multilevel models. I enjoyed talking to the group, meeting Twitter friends in real life!, and I am especially impressed by what their department is doing in what is often considered a qualitative science. I used RStudio's Cloud to share a workspace with all the materials, packages, and other information you might need. I built the slide show using markdown, so that people could watch the slides and/or take their own notes. [Read More]

Updating Your CV with Packages

Hi guys! I have finally done it! I updated my CV with Rmarkdown using Steve's Markdown Templates. I was tempted to use the new vitae package, but I had already gone down this path before that came out, just finally getting back to it. Link to the entire CV folder for you to use/view do stuff with: CV. Please ignore the html files in that folder, it does “knit” automatically as part of the website build using markdown - you should be using PDF and LaTex for the CV part. [Read More]

Line Endings Are Dumb

I have happily acquired a new Mac Book (yay!) and a new work computer (Windows). So, I've been making One Drive exceedingly unhappy moving GBs of file from one to another. As I was working on reconnecting my GitHub repositories to the files, I was trying to understand why several of my repos were saying I had a bunch of file changes but nothing in the files themselves had changed. I noticed they were mostly . [Read More]

Intuitions about Grades

Are my intuitions about grades correct? I was recently talking to a colleague about how utterly terrible my students were doing in my online class this semester and that nearly half were failing the class. We are in our last week of the semester, and I am completely over packing, so I thought I would examine if the judgments I had made about this semester are accurate. First, I took all the times I had taught memory and cognition post Ph. [Read More]