two good things come together
LaTeX and Google Docs together in one nice (free)application – this is a brilliant idea, which gives you the power of LaTeX combined with the excellent collaboration possiblities of Google Docs – if I would have a button it would say “I like” …

Here is a screenshot from the project page – with LaTeX code on one side and the final output on the other …

R and the World Cup

Across the street at the Revolution blog a nice example of using R with data from the cloud (see another post on this topic here) shows us the distribution of fouls during the just finished World Cup in a nice barchart. Even more interesting than the fact that Holland rules this category is the way the data are collected from a Google spreadsheet page.

With the following simple code line:
teams <- read.csv("")
We can read a specific part from a spreadsheet hosted on Google into our local R environment. Some deatils: "&gid=" (sheet number) and "%range=" (cell ranges: A1%3A ) and "&output=csv" to download in CSV format.

With some more lines, using the awsome ggplot2

qplot(names(FOULS), as.numeric(FOULS), geom="bar", stat='identity', fill=Fouls) + xlab('Country') + ylab('Fouls') + coord_flip() + scale_fill_continuous(low="black", high="red") + labs(fill='Fouls')

We can produce the following chart:

Two things to note:
c('Fouls') is a handy way to address columns in a R data frame by name
scale_fill_continuous(low="black", high="red") takes care of the color coding of the bars in reference to the number of fouls

Easy and straight forward - ah - great job Spain 🙂 !!