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prettyplotlib: Painlessly create beautiful matplotlib plots

A while back I wrote a few tutorials about how to work with Python’s plotting library, matplotlib, so that it behaves nicely and produces beautiful plots. Well, I got tired of tweaking every single figure individually so I wrote this library, prettyplotlib to have pretty default plots in Python …

The R script that will change your life

If you use the R programming language, you probably know how much of a pain it is to keep your packages updated. You’ve run update.packages(...) on the few that you want to keep up to date, but it’s a pain in the neck to do that for …

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 …

In India, ‘no frills’ hospitals offer $800 heart surgery

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It’s so great to see people making an effort to make healthcare affordable. I can’t …

Implementing graphic design principles in Python’s matplotlib

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Tired of ugly 2d histograms and bar charts in matplotlib? Read about good chart design but not really sure how to implement it? Check out my talk/tutorial on implementing graphic design principles in Python’s matplotlib! I gave this talk on April 10th 2013 to UCSD’s Scientific …

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 …

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Startups, life, learning and happiness: The Anti-Todo List

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Really like this concept of logging your finished items for the day rather than setting unreasonable goals to accomplish.

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For some time, I’ve gradually realised that my day is not only occupied by tasks from my todo list. Often, there are lots of other tasks which deserve …