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Migration Circos plots in R

We’ve all seen them – colorful, and I daresay, pretty darn informative. Circos plots are fun visualizations of large data-sets. I’ve seen them used in two contexts in comparative genomics – to represent structural variants in homologous chromosome segments in … Continue reading

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Geophylogeny plots in R for Dummies

Amid basting my tofurky, here’s a follow-up to my previous post on quick-fix overlays of admixture plots on geographical maps in R. I recently discovered a wonderful R package called “phytools” from Liam Revell, which makes really neat phylogenetic trees (with … Continue reading

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Admixture maps in R for Dummies

Before we get started, I’d like to point everyone to an excellent tutorial here by Kim Gilbert on making maps in R. I have been grappling with overlaying admixture plots, and migration routes on top of maps recently, and thought I’d put … Continue reading

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2014 NGS Field Guide: Resistance is Futile (mostly, at least for a while)

This year, to introduce the 2014 update to his Next Generation Sequencing Field Guide—perennially our most-accessed community resource—Travis Glenn has a bit more to say than just what goes in the tables. So here it is as a guest post! … Continue reading

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Using GitHub with R and RStudio

A few weeks back, the Molecular Ecologist released an article about GitHub and also created an organization where you can fork or simply download code shared by the Molecular Ecology community. A few of you out there may still be … Continue reading

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Scientific computing doesn’t have to hurt

Amy Brown handles communication and scheduling for Software Carpentry. The post title alludes to the goals of Software Carpentry, a volunteer organization whose members teach basic software skills to researchers in science, engineering, and medicine. It’s a great organization, and … Continue reading

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Analytical software management for your Mac? Homebrew to the rescue!

Source: http://www.popsci.com/diy/article/2007-08/ultimate-all-one-beer-brewing-machine Much of the big processing tasks in biological research remain the domain of clusters of computer nodes, whether local or an Amazon EC2 instance, running various flavors of Linux. It is perhaps safe to say that this fact will … Continue reading

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Using R to run parallel analyses of population genetic data in STRUCTURE: ParallelStructure

In this guest post, Francois Besnier explains how to use ParallelStructure, his new R package for running STRUCTURE analyses in parallel computing environments. To start with, thanks to The Molecular Ecologist blog team (Tim and Jeremy) for the invitation to … Continue reading

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Want to share your code?

In this line of work, we have all encountered tasks that are tedious, time consuming, and repetitive.  (Or if not, maybe give it a bit more time.) When confronted with these situations, people tend to fall into one of two … Continue reading

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By popular request …

The original data set of Joshua tree presence locations, which I used as an example in my post about estimating species distribution models in R, is now available for download from Dryad. Thanks to my coauthors for agreeing to share … Continue reading

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