The helpful folks over at rOpenSci have come up with exactly the tool I needed, exactly when I needed it.
I found my self in a bit of a quandry. I had a data frame which contained many columns that needed to be squished together – each contained a few values, but mostly NAs, and none of the values were overlapping. They represented the same variable, but broken apart across several columns. I needed to condense several columns into one.
So, long time, no talk, gentle reader. That’s because I’ve been writing a paper (my first first-authored paper, if you must know) and I feel really guilty about extraneous writing activities, like somehow I am cheating on my paper. How can I justify reading up on a tasty tuber or invasive insect and crafting its story and biology into an intriguing knowledge nugget, when mountains of data await re-analysis for the billionth time, and co-authors deserve satisfaction? How indeed?
This killer, and ultimate, edition of Students of Ethnobotany comes from the mysterious E. Green.
One of the draws of botanical research, in my opinion, is the chance that you will discover something extraordinary, some intricate mechanism, adaptation, or chemical that has implications able to expand the scope of human knowledge. However, there are times when less information can be more exciting than a thorough chemical or physiological analysis. These are the instances where investigation into the mystery surrounding a plant actually reveals more about humans than the plant in question.