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How to fail (and sometimes win) at graduate fellowships

The title of this post is rather tongue-in-cheek, but is also meant to be a reality check. In applying to fellowships, you should apply to as many as possible because in all likelihood, you will not get one. You need to try as hard as possible to get one, combing …

Beautiful boxplots and sassy small multiples

Last week, I posted about implementing design principles in Python’s graphic library, matplotlib. I received lots of great feedback, and made another tutorial, specifically about boxplots and “small multiples”. Small multiples are a concept coined by Edward Tufte about having many plots using the exact same axes, allowing the …

Single-cell genomics will change the world

In the future, you will know exactly which strain of influenza, Hepatitis C, or HIV infected you, and if there are any other parasites floating around in your blood. If you’re not sure about the origins of your meat, you could sequence it to check for pathogens, the biodiversity …

The essence of the problem

Vanilla essence. Flickr: pejrm

In one of my classes, the main project is to formulate a biological problem as a computational problem. This formulation should be such that you can give your computational problem formulation to a “genius computer science slave” (aka you are the slave, and hopefully the genius …

How to set Helvetica as the default sans-serif font in Matplotlib

If you’re a typography junkie like me, you’re probably sick of seeing Bitstream Vera Sans as the typesetting font for Python‘s plotting library, Matplotlib.

Just look at it:

So ugly, I know.

While Helvetica is a controversial font, it is simple, clean, and undisputedly easy to read …

How to use Google’s internet caching to your advantage

You’ve run into this problem: you search for something on the supposedly all-powerful Google search, click the link, but it’s dead. Nothing’s there. Not even a speck of information.

But Google said there was!

I ran into this exact problem for an assignment this week. We were …

3 boring ways to be productive

What do President Obama and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg have in common? They both wear basically the same outfit every day. When asked why, both have similar answers, “it’s one less decision I have to make in a day.” [1,2]

Studies have shown that making decisions, even tiny …

1, 2, 3 … logistic regression!

R Tutorial in Logistic Regression

Recently I read a paper that used logistic regression in its methods and realized I had no idea what logistic regression is, so I made this tutorial for myself and others to learn about it. I wanted to create a tutorial that created random data …

How to request a letter of recommendation

Hopefully your recommendation letter is more specific

Photo by tribbles1971

This post is aimed at undergraduate juniors/seniors who are planning to apply for graduate/professional school in Fall 2012. Disclaimer: I am not an expert in requesting letters. This is a guide from my application experience and advice from faculty, as well as MD and PhD …

.bam files —> ??? —-> profit!

The vision for this software

RNA-Sequencing results in one step!

A departure from the usual productivity theme, I pleased to announce the release of my RNA-Sequencing differential expression (RSDE for short) package, available on Github. I have worked on this package for the past 4 months and have put a lot of effort …