R set working directory using copy and paste

August 4th, 2014

After using Windows Explorer to navigate to a directory, I just want to copy and paste the directory in R, but I get this error:

> setwd("C:\Program Files")
Error: '\P' is an unrecognized escape in character string starting ""C:\P"

I used the setwd() function and pasted the directory, but there is an answer!

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3 I’s of data-driven engineering

May 2nd, 2014

Where do I get started with data-driven engineering? How can the 3 I’s of data-driven engineering help me get off to a running start? How can I avoid the common pitfalls of data-driven engineering?

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Stress vs. strain

March 25th, 2014

A system can be under both stress and strain, but how do they differ? How are they related? Also, why make the distinction?

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Blocking faults vs. masking faults

January 31st, 2014

Language and semantics around system faults are important. For example, what’s so important about differentiating between blocking and masking faults?

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Failures and faults, oh my!

December 26th, 2013

In Weinberg’s Why Software Gets In Trouble, he discusses the difference between failures and faults. Although an obviously old concept, I’m finding it to be a novel approach to thinking about these issues (maybe novel to just me).

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Introduction to Systems Thinking

December 15th, 2013

What is a system, systems thinking, science, philosophy, theory? How are they related? How can they be used?

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Testing requirements is not enough

December 8th, 2013

Is software testing just checking if software conforms to the requirements? Sometimes… but usually the answer is no.

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Octopus Deployment Framework: A few flaws

December 1st, 2013

Although the Octopus Deployment Framework is an awesome tool, it has a couple of flaws that frustrate me. Here are a few of the issues that I think would greatly improve the framework.

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Octopus component dependencies

November 24th, 2013

Octopus allows you to define both intra- and inter-server dependencies. This is one of the coolest things about Octopus. However, defining dependencies is not without problems.

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Power of the Octopus Deployment Framework

November 11th, 2013

The Octopus Deployment Framework is an internal Microsoft framework used for deployment on some Microsoft teams, but why is it useful?

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