R: seperate – gather – spread!

I’m teaching a course on quantitative methods, R and archaeological data and my students have to realize their own project in that course. That means they ask me a lot of very sensible questions. Here I will write about workflows I find useful as documentation for the future. First things first: Data wrangling! (more…)

Data what data?

So, I found this cartoon and think it’s pretty funny.

I asked myself what it means in our discipline. Everyone is talking about “data“. Or “databases“. Or “big data“.  So, what the heck is this “data“? Or are these “data”, because, well, shouldn‘t it be a plural word from “datum“? (more…)