Getting from flat data a world of relationships to visualise with Gephi

Network analysis offers a perspective of the data that broadens and enriches any investigation. Many times we deal with data in which the elements are related, but we have them in a tabulated format that is difficult to import into network analysis tools. Relationship data require a definition of nodes and connections. Both parts have different structures and it is not possible to structure them in a single table, at least two would be needed.

Useful one-function R packages, big data solutions, and a message from Yoda

As the title reads, in this heterogeneous session we will see three topics of different interest. The first is a collection of three simple and useful one-function R packages that I use regularly in my coding workflow. The second collects some approaches to handling and performing linear regression with big data. The third brings in the freaky component: it presents tools to display graphical information in plain ASCII, from bivariate contours to messages from Yoda!