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Projects as a Learning Tool

Posted: Apr, 06, 2021

By: Emily Grabowski

Let’s say you’re new to programming, or maybe you’ve coded before but you’re tackling a new concept. You’ve read a blog post or taken a workshop, and have a general sense of what is going on. But how do you take this to the next level? One of my favorite ways to dive into a new technique is to simply try it out.

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Visuals for Everyone: An Exercise On The Importance of Intuitive Data Visualization

Posted: Mar, 30, 2021

By: Daphne Yang

A couple years ago, I took an undergraduate biostatistics course here at UC Berkeley and vividly remember one of the first discussion section activities on interpreting data and visualizations. From this activity, I learned about why, as data consumers, we must always be aware of not only what visualizations are really representing but also understanding where the data is really coming from. While this might seem obvious, this has been one of the most valuable lessons as an aspiring data scientist/enthusiast.

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Improving research transparency in the social sciences through pre-analysis plans

Posted: Mar, 23, 2021

By: Jordan Weiss

Openness, transparency, and reproducibility in research are critical to scientific progress.

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Manuscript Workflow with R Markdown and Git

Posted: Mar, 16, 2021

By: Lawrence Tello

As part of my Masters of Public Health program I needed to complete a capstone. Working on a manuscript is a lot of back and forth: You need to make edits, fix your words and figures, and sometimes re-work entire sections. If you are like me, the thought of doing this process over a long period of time in Word makes me nauseous. Two main issues that cause this nausea for me are:

  1. I frequently forget to make a record of my writing and often overwrite work 

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Covidence: A Game Changer For Systematic Reviews

Posted: Mar, 09, 2021

By: Lawrence Tello

If you are planning on conducting a systematic review consider using Covidence for your next project! Your UC Berkeley account gives you access to an unlimited number of reviews and citations per review, as well enhanced support. 

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Enjoy the Layover

Posted: Mar, 09, 2021

By: Frank Hidalgo

Intercontinental trips require multiple days of traveling, layovers, and more often than not, rerouting due to bad weather. While some may consider a storm to be a roadblock, others may take it as an opportunity to explore a new city and its culture. A year ago, a heavy storm hit the entire world; COVID-19 sent us into lockdown. Most of our activities were cancelled. We could not go to work, eat at restaurants, or gather in-person with our friends anymore. That forced us to take a step back and adjust to the new situation.

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Organized Code Repositories Accelerate Science and Facilitate Reproducibility

Posted: Mar, 02, 2021

By: Pratik Sachdeva

Computational and data-driven research increasingly requires developing complex codebases. At the same time, many scientists don’t receive training in software engineering practices, resulting in, for some, the perception that scientists write terrible software. As scientists, good software should accelerate our work and facilitate its reproducibility.

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Sign up for CALI-DH Online today!

Posted: Mar, 02, 2021

By: Evan Muzzall

Cultural Analytics Learning Institute for Digital Humanities (CALI-DH Online)

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Howdy Neighbor! Proximity Analysis in R

Posted: Mar, 01, 2021

By: Patty Frontiera

Proximity analysis is one of the cornerstones of spatial analysis. It refers to the ways in which we use spatial methods to ask "what is happening near here".

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Black History Month 2021

Posted: Feb, 23, 2021

By: Patty Frontiera

Black History Month, which is observed in February, was established in the 1970s to celebrate the culture and accomplishments of African Americans. Although this designation may seem artificial or unnecessarily limiting (why only one month?), it is useful if it foregrounds the need to better weave Black narratives into the story of the American experience. 

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