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Hi. I'm Eric.
About Me: I have a Ph.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology and a MA in International Studies from the University of South Carolina. Once upon a time I completed my undergraduate studies in Psychology at Bucknell University. Now I work in the field of global health specializing in health and technology, and I teach at Duke and NYU.
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Exporting from R to Excel with Conditional Formatting

It’s often the case that I want to share preliminary results with colleagues and have them provide feedback. This is pretty easy to do as a pdf using RStudio and a bit of LaTeX or markdown. And it’s now easy to turn my notes and results into a webpage via RStudio and tools like RPubs.
But sometimes I need others to comb through pages of results like factor loadings, and these output formats don’t cut it. In these cases, I export to Excel using the xlsx package so everyone can sort, make notes, highlight cells, etc.
This works really well, but I had a case recently where I needed a team of people to review 20+ sheets of factor loadings and comment on possible structures and interpretations. It’s common to start with some cutoff for factor loadings (x), often abs(x)>=0.30, so conditional formatting in Excel is a nice way to visualize patterns.

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Records for Life

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In June 2013, the Gates Foundation announced an interesting idea for a competition: to remake the child health record. How great?! A contest that blended global health delivery, health information systems, design thinking, and a bit of tech.
The Records for Life contest (pdf) was open to anyone, even students, so we put out a call to Duke global health undergrads. Over the course of a few weeks in October, we established a core team and got to work.

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Reproducible Research with Word?

Kieran Healy’s post describing his manuscript preparation workflow inspired me to write up some notes about how I approach some of the same challenges. Namely, other people.
Healy’s summary is required reading for what follows. But I warn you, if you are still reading my words, his site will consume your attention for a few hours. Don’t blame me when you are fiddling with his templates rather than doing your actual work.

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