Review: Kölner R Meeting 6 February 2013

February 12, 2013
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(This article was originally published at mages' blog, and syndicated at StatsBlogs.)

The fourth Cologne R user meeting took place last Wednesday at the Institute of Sociology. Thanks to Bernd Weiß for hosting the event and Revolution Analytics for their sponsorship.

We had two fantastic talks by Klaus Jacobi and M.eik Michalke. Klaus talked about Eliminating cloud pixels in satellite images via chronological interpolation and Meik presented his new roxyPackage package, which makes it even easier to maintain R packages with roxygen2.

Eliminating cloud pixels in satellite images via chronological interpolation

Klaus gave a great case study about his consulting work as a water engineer in Asia, where he used R to analyse the snow melting process in the mountains of Pakistan.

Images of snow melting over time. Klaus Jacobi

About half of the fresh water in some regions of Pakistan is sourced from snow meting during the spring season. The water is captured in dams and as the snow only melts slowly the water supply is much more predictable than the water from the monsoon season, which is the other key source of fresh water during the year.
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