Fixing character encoding in R when you've got a bunch of _x0020_ and _x0022_
Every so often, I'll end up in this place with an Excel document. It's usually after I've converted it (in Ubuntu) to a .csv file because it otherwise won't load. And I think it's usually when the original document was password protected. But whatever perfect storm of events it takes, the end result has been something that . . .
Although all this information is available elsewhere in chunks, I'm going to put it all together in case someone else in my situation stumbles across this problem.
So to start with, I'm using Ubuntu 14.04. I had most of this working with Ubuntu 14.10 but I was stymied at Lightning and gave up temporarily. In addition, we use Exchange . . .
A.K.A. Why did I end up with 32 tabs open?
So I decided that I'd go ahead and build the whole SciPy stack from source. Why? I dunno, I guess I was feeling like my life wasn't quite complicated enough.
1. The Endless Trail of Building
If you started there, you'd notice this pretty . . .
My journey towards a more comprehensible final product
I spent the last six months hard at work preparing the bulk of my thesis. My thesis happened to be on a very interesting topic (size estimation for elusive populations) and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it *. As I neared the end, I'd accumulated so much esoteric knowledge over the ins and outs of the recurrent event model, I found . . .