I saw an interesting “challenge” on Stack Overflow last night to create an XKCD style chart in R.
A couple of hours later & going in a very similar direction to a couple of the answers on SO, I got to something that looked pretty good, using the sin and cos curves for simple and reproducible replication.
The comic that spurred the gathering was enlarged and hung from a fence, and fans took turns contributing to a new last panel, where dreams come true."I had someone write in and say that he'd been hanging out with this girl for a while, and then one day she just kissed him out of the blue," Munroe said. She told him later that she'd done it because she'd read a comic that suggested you take more chances.
Now, the first thing we are going to need for this project is some words.
There are a number of sources you can use to get words.
If you are using a Mac (or Linux), you have a big file of words, over 120,000 of them, on your computer in There are also some Python modules such as the natural language processing toolkit.
And here’s the code (note that you need to have installed the Humor Sans font using install_fonts() ): offers daily e-mail updates about R news and tutorials on topics such as: Data science, Big Data, R jobs, visualization (ggplot2, Boxplots, maps, animation), programming (RStudio, Sweave, La Te X, SQL, Eclipse, git, hadoop, Web Scraping) statistics (regression, PCA, time series, trading) and more...
Randall Munroe's webcomic xkcd casts an optimistic eye on the geek lifestyle.