Spyder is the best IDE that I have tested so far for doing data analysis, but also for plain programming. In this post I will start to briefly describe the IDE. Following the description of this top IDE the text will continue with a discussion of my favourite features. You will also find out how to install Spyder on Ubuntu 14.04 and at the end of the post you will find a comparison of Rodeo (a newer IDE more RStudio like) and Spyder.
When I started programming in Python I used IDLE which is the IDE that you will get with your installation of Python (e.g., on Windows computers). I actually used IDLE IDE for some time. It was not until I started to learn R and found RStudio IDE. I thought that RStudio was great (and it still is!). However, after learning R and RStudio I started to look for a better Python IDE. Continue reading →
The aim of this post is to show you why you, as a psychology student or researcher (or any other kind researcher or student) should learn to program. The post is structured as follows. First I start with discussing why you should learn programming and then give some examples when programming skills are useful. I continue to suggest two programming languages that I think all Psychology students and researchers should learn.
Good resources for learning R as a Psychologist are hard to find. By that I mean that there are so many great sites and blogs around the internet to learn R. Thus, it may be hard to find learning resources that targets Psychology researchers. Recently I wrote about 4 good R books targeted for Psychology students and researchers (i.e., R books for Psychologists). There are, however, of course other good resources for Psychological researchers to learn R programming. Therefore, this post will list some of the best blogs and sites to learn R. The post will be divided into two categories; general and Psychology focused R sites and blogs. For those who are not familiar with R I will start with a brief introduction on what R is (if you know R already;click here to skip to the links).
What is R?
R is a free and open source programming language and environment. Data analysis in R is carried out by writing scripts and functions. R is a complete, interactive, object-oriented language.
In R statistical environment you are able to carry out a variety of statistical and graphical techniques. For instance, linear and nonlinear modeling, classical statistical tests, time-series analysis, classification, and many more can be carried using both frequentist and bayesian paradigms.
I recently wrote a post on the RStudio like PythonIDERodeo (RStudio-like Python IDEs – Rodeo and Spyder). In that post, I installed and tested Rodeo 0.44. However, Rodeo 1.0 was released in October. Rodeo 1.0 cannot be installed using Pip. Therefore, I wrote a bash script for downloading and unzipping Rodeo. Note, the script below will now install Rodeo 2 and is tested on my Ubuntu 16.04 machines.
What is Rodeo?
Rodeo is, as previously mentioned, a Python IDE very similar to RStudio. It is intended to use for Data Science. If you are coming from R and plan to add Python to your stack, Rodeo is probably going to be very familiar to you. Given that you have used RStudio, that is. I would still say that Spyder may be a better IDE for doing Data Science in Python. Why? Because, up to date, there are plenty of more features in Spyder compared Rodeo. Update: now you will get a .deb file when using wget (see below). Thus, we can use dpkg to install the Rodeo.
The above code will download the Linux 64 binaries for Rodeo, unzip it into the ‘/usr/local/bin’ directory, and remove the downloaded file. Finally, a symbolic link to the executable is created. Obviously, you can change 64 to 32 to download and install Rodeo 32 bit. Note, you can just cut & paste the code and paste it into a command window. If you, however, save it as a bash script (i.e., install_rodeo.sh) you need to make it executable; chmod +x install_rodeo.sh. To download and install Rodeo:
I have tested installing Rodeo IDE on Ubuntu 14.04 and 16.04 with the above script. If you don’t have Jupyter and Matplotlib installed it may need to install them also;
pip install matplotlib jupyter
Thats all, now you should know how to easily download and install Rodeo 1.0 on your Linux machine. Please let me know if you need to do more than I described in this post,
In this post I will discuss two PythonIntegrated Development Environments (IDE); Rodeo and Spyder. Both IDEs might be useful for researchers used to work with R and RStudio (a very good and popular IDE for R) because they offer similar functionalities and graphical interfaces as RStudio. That is, Rodeo and Spyder can be seen as the RStudio for Python.
Recently we bought 10 coin like vibrating motors from Precision Microdrives. In the following video you will one of them in use. It is connected to an Arduino Uno micro controller.
Now we have built some wrist bands/straps using the vibrating motors, velcro, silver tape, arduino, batteries and more.
Hopefully, we will have a couple of interesting research projects that make use of them in a near future (currently we have two planned). Right now the plan is to use PsychoPy to control them for our experiments. In fact, we have one planned to start in two weeks and another for being piloted this week. One more applied cognitive psychology/human factors and the other project more ground research. Very exiting. I may update the blog with a new post when we tested more.
I recently asked which programming language I should learn next year (i.e., 2016). In this post I will evaluate the alternatives that I have by asking the question in different places around the internet. The post will end with the choice I made and how to install the language
To summarize my earlier post, I mainly use programming for creating Psychology experiments and, thus, need a powerful language. Furthermore, in Psychological experiments stimuli are typically being presented (e.g., sounds, images, text, or video). Responses need to be collected from the keyboard, mouse and specially built equipment (e.g., via USB; Arduino). For some experiments timing of the presentation and collection of responses might be significant. The language should, of course, be free, open source, and work on a computer running Windows, Linux, and OS-X. However, mobile platforms such as Smartphones and Tablets might also be interesting in the future. Note that all languages considered are more or less general purpose languages and might, therefore, be attractive to anyone that want to extend their stack and learn a new programming language 2016.
One of the most valuable answers I got was that I should look for a functional language.
Recently I found the Python module rpy2. This module offers a Python interface to R. Obviously; rpy2 requires that you have both R (version 3.2+) and Python (versions 2.7 and 3.3) installed. There are pre-compiled binaries available for Linux and Windows (unsupported and unofficial, however). In this short tutorial, I will show you how to do carry out a repeated measures ANOVA (rmANOVA) using the r-packages ‘afex‘ and ‘lsmeans‘, Python, and rpy2.
R is a free and open-source statistical programming environment. Being open-source and free it has a large and helpful online community (for instance, see StackOverflow). When I went from carrying out analysis in SPSS to do them in R, I searched for good books targeted to Psychologists. The following 4 R books are useful and good for Psychologists that want to learn R.
The first book, Discovering Statistics Using R, may be a really good start if you are an undergraduate and have no experience of programming or statistics. The next two books are from intermediate to advanced level. The last book is, at the moment, free and is also a great introduction to statistics.