Aug 26, 2014 · 6:00 PM
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This month we co-host with "The Statistical Society of Australia, NSW Branch".
Arrive from 6pm for drinks, 6.30pm for talk & 7:30pm for finger food & networking. (The room is in use prior to 6pm.)
Talk Outline: Reproducibility in research is increasingly called for, but carrying it out remains a challenge. I will give a tour through the tools used in a recent real-life research project where we attempted to make the project reproducible from data acquisition to generating the manuscript. These tools include the R packages "knitr" (for generating reports directly from R output) and "packrat" (for dependency management), as well as tools outside of R: make for pipeline management, git for version control, and travis for continuous testing of the research. Our experience shows both the potential benefits of reproducible research, but also the challenges remaining in implementing it.
About the speaker: Rich FitzJohn is a computational biologist, currently based at Macquarie University. His research interests are about reconstructing trait evolution and diversification over millions of years. He has been using R in a research context for 10 years, and is the author of a number of packages for evolutionary analysis. He also teaches R skills through Software Carpentry.
Co-host organisation: NSW branch of SSAI.