Blog Posts

Thea’s posts, some speech-related, some not! Much of what I post here includes my musings on tools for data analysis (oftentimes this is the R programming language and environment) and tips or tricks I’ve tried to work through.

Collection of fun teaching resources for anatomy and physiology of speech

Over the last year, I’ve been slowly amassing links, tweets, ideas, and resources to make teaching Anatomy & Physiology of the Speech Mechanism more fun and interactive for my undergrads.

Counting Days in Canada: Using ggmap to track time spent in Canada

TL;DR I used my timeline from Google Maps along with the ggmap package to count the number of days I have spent in Canada in the last 4 years in order to facilitate my Canadian citizenship application.

Measuring speech intelligibility using Praat: Part I

In a nutshell This is Part 1 of a series of posts on writing a set of scripts to administer perceptual rating scale listening tasks using Praat software.

Workshop materials for R-Ladies #LdnOnt: Figuring out figures in R

I gave an intro workshop on ggplot (“Figuring out Figures in R”) for our R-Ladies #LdnOnt crew at the end of October. Those materials are online now in various forms:

Ongoing curated list of useful resources for writing articles/theses in RMarkdown

A list of resources I am finding helpful for preparing to write a dissertation in RMarkdown. Lucy D’Agostino McGowan’s incredibly helpful toolkit & blogpost: “One year to dissertate” Rosanna van Hepen’s blog series on writing a thesis with RMarkdown My presentation at our R-Ladies #LndOnt chapter meet up on using RMarkdown for writing articles (more useful links in the presentation) Angela Li’s twitter thread of how she used RMarkdown for thesis writing Curtis Miller’s blog post on how tips for organizing R projects RStudio community thread on recommendations for writing a dissertation in RMarkdown/RStudio

Implementing my Twitter dashboard (i.e., finally getting to check off my more wistful to-do's)

As seems to be habit now, this post turned out a lot longer than I meant for it to. Quick links: Check out Joseph Stachelek's helpful tutorial to implement this yourself (trust me, despite the upcoming wall of text, I made very, very few actual changes to his original implementation, so you should just go straight there for the how-to) Check out my (now defunct) finished project here Saving tweets for later: Hacky at best When I come across a tweet containing information I would like future-me to take note of, I have a rather inelegant set of strategies for making sure it stays accessible (god forbid I merely rely on remembering; if it’s not down on an externally stored list somewhere outside my brain, it will never see the light of day again):

Generate Word Clouds in R from Conference Tweets

It’s been just about a week since the Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) Conference. Clinical researchers in speech-pathology and audiology from all across Canada came to take part in three days of talks, poster presentations, product demos, and planning meetings.

Workshop materials: Using R Markdown to generate reports and manuscripts (+ an accidental narrative)

This past Tuesday we had our second R-Ladies #LdnOnt meet up of the year. The topic was using R Markdown to generate summary reports and manuscripts, led by yours truly.

Reflection: A year of R-Ladies #LdnOnt

R-Ladies, #LdnOnt just recently celebrated its one-year anniversary 🎉. As such, I thought it time to share my thoughts on the community we’ve found and the things we’ve learned.

Producing annotated bibliographies with Mendeley (and a little bit of LaTeX)

I’ve whittled away quite a bit of time trying to optimize my workflow for getting started on new research projects. Finding a good reference manager is a big, big part of that optimization.