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Hi everyone,

Our next meeting will take place on the 20th of March, from 5.30pm, in Appleton Tower, Lecture Theatre 1 (see the map below for further details). As usual, the meeting will be open for all to attend, and newcomers / beginners are very welcome!

Our first speaker is Alan O’Callaghan, PhD student in biomedical data science in the The Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM). He will be discussing:

Building interactive modules using htmlwidgets

This talk focuses on the htmlwidgets framework in R. We will look at the mechanics of creating your own, and why you might choose to use it instead of (or alongside) other frameworks like crosstalk or Shiny. We will start with toy examples to illustrate the basics and then progress to some real use cases, from networks of Twitter interaction to exploration of principal components, in order to demonstrate why this framework is worth learning and applying to your data.

Our second speaker is Martin Johnsson, Postdoc at The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh & The Department of Animal Breeding and Genetics, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences. He will be discussing:

Simulating genetic data in R: an example with deleterious variants (and a pun)

Simulated quantitative genetic data is extremely useful for geneticists, and can be made easily in R. In this talk, I will briefly sing the praises of simulation, demonstrate a toy breeding programme simulation with the AlphaSimR package, and use our recent preprint ‘Removal of alleles by genome editing—RAGE against the deleterious load’ as a more sophisticated example.”


March meeting: Interactive htmlwidgets modules & simulating data with AlphaSimR

Wed, Mar 20, 2019, 5:30 PM: Our first speaker is Alan O'Callaghan, PhD student in biomedical data science in the The Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine (IGMM). He will be discussing:> Buildi

Here is a map of where we’ll be for the meeting, followed by a trip to the nearby St. Andrews Brewing Co. pub:


See you there!

Caterina Constantinescu


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Dr. Caterina Constantinescu

Data scientist @ The Data Lab, University of Edinburgh.

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