Author Archives: norbert

About norbert

I am post doc at the Department of Medical Psychology and Sociology, Leipzig University (GER), with degrees in sociology (MA) and public health (MPH).

How to parse Citavi files using R

Intro In academic writing, the use of reference management software has become essential. A couple of years ago, I started using the free open-source software Zotero. However, most of my workmates at Leipzig University work with Citavi, a commercial software … Continue reading

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How to install and use the hexSticker package

Intro A couple of days ago, the hexSticker package was published on CRAN. The package provides some functions to plot hexagon stickers that may be used to promote R packages. As described on GitHub, the stickers can be plotted either … Continue reading

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How to plot a companion planting guide using ggplot2

Intro Recently my girl-friend asked me whether I could do some data project being useful for our family rather than just for myself. A couple of years ago – after our first son was born – we decided to rent … Continue reading

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My first R package: streetsofle

Intro A couple of days ago I published my first R package on GitHub. I’ve named the package streetsofle standing for streets of Leipzig because it includes a data set containing the street directory of the German city of Leipzig. … Continue reading

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How to scrape, import and visualize Telegram chats

Intro Telegram is a cloud-based and cross-platform instant messaging service. Unlike WhatsApp, Telegram clients exist not only for mobile devices but also for desktop operating systems. In addition, there is also a web based client. In this blog post I … Continue reading

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How to plot animated maps with gganimate

Intro Leipzig is the largest city in the federal state of Saxony, Germany. Since about 2009, Leipzig is one of the fastest growing German cities. Between 2006 and 2016, the population has grown from about 506.000 to 580.000 inhabitants.The largest … Continue reading

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Text mining PubMed using R – a case study

Intro For a couple of years, I've been doing research in the field of psychooncology, which basically is “concerned both with the effects of cancer on a person's psychological health as well as the social and behavioral factors that may … Continue reading

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