First Impressions of Shiny, an R Package

Today I wanted to try something new; so instead of discussing a project, let’s briefly take a look at an R Package I’ve recently discovered. Before we being let me just mention that I realize not everyone uses R or have even used it before, instead my focus here will be on the technology, innovation, and utility of the package. Hopefully there are analogs libraries or packages in other languages, and if not then perhaps you’ll want to write it! Shiny, quite simply, is an R package that allows a user to write R code and generates an interactive webpage....

The benefits of interdisciplinarity: residence time

The so-called residence time of a system is both an immensely useful and highly intuitive conception which provides a relevant timescale for processes. For example, the residence time of nutrients flowing into a pond would be the average ‘lifetime’ of the nutrients before being taking up by the pond creatures. If it is a small number, then the nutrients are taken up very quickly compared to if is a large number. Here is the “traditional” formula for calculating residency time of a conservative tracer:     The more mass that’s in the system the longer the residence time becomes; and...

How Twitter Improved my Ecological Model

For a last couple weeks I’ve been working on a marine ecosystem model using a technique called¬†Inverse Modeling(1)I’ll be sure to do a writeup on what Inverse Modeling is and what makes it interesting in the future.;¬†and while there’s been lots of progress, I’m starting to get to the point where the model takes some time to run. As you can imagine, there’s a lot of waiting-around time associated with having a model run for an hour or more at a time. As fate would have it I thought up a pretty fun way to keep updated on the progress...