Pedicularis groenlandica

Wetlands and landscapes

Data science, water, isotopes, and ecosystems


Benchmarking R and Rcpp

A speed comparison.

Jason Mercer

7 minutes read

At the UW Data Science Center we’ve been talking speed lately. Generally R is considered a somewhat slow language (though I’m not sure that’s fair). However, there are some excellent packages and interfaces that can drastically speed up R. For example, the Rcpp package acts as an interface between R and C++, thereby allowing useRs to drastically speed-up analysis – or at least that’s the idea.

Hello Hugo (and blogdown)

Just a quick post using blogdown and Hugo.

Jason Mercer

1 minute read

This is just a quick post using some blogdown and Hugo functionalities. First I’m going to load some typical information I use for most of my knitted html documents:

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I am a PhD candidate at the University of Wyoming, studying mountain wetlandscapes.