Category: Research

LaTeX Font-consistent EPS R Plots Using tikzexternalize

We are about to submit a final camera-ready version of a manuscript and they sent us this email the other day reminding us, among other things, to “adhere to the prescribed [ACM] format as set out in paragraph 2.3.10 [1]”… In a nutshell, they want all figures in EPS format. Now I am very particular about font-consistency when integrating plots within TeX documents, and so I spent most of last night trying to figure this out. I eventually decided to leverage a somewhat widely used technique–‘tikzexternalize’. I found this [2] thread on StackExchange really helpful. (more…)

Quantified Self – The Three-year Long Time Tracking Experiment

Between June 2011 and June 2013 I diligently tracked the way that I used my 24-hour cycles. I initiated this painstaking task after going through a long spell of productivity draught; I was obsessed with how exactly I spent my ‘Work -> Eat -> Sleep’ cycles. To achieve this, I used Hamster Time Tracker [1]. I recently decided to dig into this wealth of information and have spent the last couple of days analyzing it. While the data I collected is not 100% accurate, visible patterns emerge. (more…)

[R Scripts] Visualising Likert Scale Responses Using likert

I am working with a data set from a survey, carried out as part of a user experience study, and recently got into an interesting discussion with my supervisor regarding data visualization. We touched on a couple of important issues–when to graphically represent information, types of visualizations… He suggested I look into using diverging stacked bar plots. (more…)

[R-scripts] ggplot2 Plot Collection on Github

Seeing as VERY few individuals will ever get to read my MSc dissertation [1], I have been thinking of other ways I can potentially scrap off bits of useful information from it. I have created a git repository [2], where I will dump all R generated plots. Hopefully, someone out there will find these R code snippets useful. (more…)

LaTeX Copy Editing – Using Aspell Interactive Spell Checker

I got feedback from my supervisor late last night –he’s clearly a night Owl. I’ve spent the last couple of hours going through his comments and there’re a number of suggested changes to be made in the three draft chapters I sent through to him. One thing was immediately clear: my manuscripts had tonnes of spelling and grammar mistakes… (more…)