Monthly Archives: June 2015


I’m considering sneaking syntax checking into the scientific code review process I’ve been running this quarter. Here are some resources:

RLint: or
Stata Lint:

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CHD mortality over time from GBD 2013

CHD mortality over time:

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Mortality Rates above Emergency Threshold

Re , PLoS NTD published the paper I reviewed for them, too:

Cool to see it in print. I wanted them to comment on the missing youth in their population pyramid, but I did not demand it:


I think the authors felt it was too speculative.

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Data for Health Program

Very exciting news about filling the gaps in our knowledge about health

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Aww, that’s sweet of them

Abraham Flaxman
PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases Reviewer (2014)

May 2015

Dear Abraham,

On behalf of PLOS and the PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases editorial team, I would like to thank you for participating in the peer review process this past year at PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases We very much appreciate your valuable input in 2014. We know there are many claims on your time and expertise but with your help, we have continued to publish an influential, lively and highly accessed Open Access journal. Simply put, we could not do it without you and the thousands of other volunteers for PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases and the other PLOS journals who graciously contributed time reviewing manuscripts.

A public “Thank You” to our 2014 reviewers – including you – was published in February 2015.
(2015) PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases 2014 Reviewer Thank You. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 9(2): e0003621. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0003621

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WEIRD View of Human Nature

I keep thinking of this article:

Don’t generalize too much from WIERDos

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Catalog of Reproducible Products

The Reproducibility and Open Science (ROS) Working Group recently finished up a form to begin to gather information on Reproducible Products from the community.

Please take a few minutes to submit information on any product (peer-reviewed manuscript, preprint, or other product). It is only about 20 questions with many multiple choice question.

The google form can be accessed @

Please feel free to let us know if you have any questions or comments.

Steven Roberts

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Two ways to do categorical data in Python

Pandas has it:

Python has it, too:

Will this make my life easier?

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Scientific Constants

A fun pointer I picked up at the eScience institute recently is where to find constants in python: scipy.constants

or, if you fancy units, astropy.constants

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What style should I use for my docstrings?

The numpy docstring style should be just fine:

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