Interpolation in Python

For interpolation in python, scipy includes the interpolateackage containing (amongst other things) interp1d for simple interpolation. The function does not however perform extrapolation; if the interpolator is asked for a value outside the original range it will raise an exception. To get around this, the interpolator contains a .x parameter which contains the original x values used to construct itself. A boolean index can then be used to reject inputoints which fall outside of this range:

Tiling png images in linux

For printing multiple images, it’s usually handy to tile images so that more than one page fits on a piece of paper at once. This can be achieved with ImageMagick and the montage command. Building a tiled image For a 2x2 image an example command is: montage -tile 2x2 -geometry 1600x1200 1.png 2.png 3.png 4.png output.png Be careful with the output specification, as if you forget it it’ll overwrite the last png in the list.

Failed loading plugin: copr

If you’re: running Fedora using dnf as a package manager get the following error: Failed loading plugin: copr then listen up, your solution is at hand: install python-requests using yum: sudo yum install -y python-requests I have not tested if this will work installing with pip yet. The linked bug report suggests that this will be registered as a dependency as of 2014-06-05 so this problem should go away.

Using a Makefile for science!

The declarative style of a Makefile (or substitute your own language-of-choice’s implementation of *akefiles) lends itself well to scientific processes, where a reproducible method is crucial. I recently found this out when analysing some data, which consisted of the following: compile the source code of the programs I was using use these programs on the same data plot some summary plots show the plots With the declarative style of Makefiles I could rely on the latest results no matter what changed in the analysis path, for example the plot scripts used in step 3.

IPython version 2.0

So IPython has updated to version 2.0. The full changelog can be found here and to summarise the key points: interactive widgets for the notebook directory navigation in the notebook dashboard persistent URLs for notebooks a new modal user interface in the notebook a security model for notebooks I want to discuss a few of these and my thoughts on how they make IPython notebook finally an incredibly powerful tool for research, more so than before, and how I may be finally switching from simple scripts to using the notebook full time (with a major caveat!

Testing PyMC3

I was trying to play with PyMC3 and as per usual with code under heavy development the tutorials were out of date, and the code wouldn’t run. When I say “out of date” in fact the code ran but no valid numbers were produced. The API seemed to be consistent though. I managed to get the tutorial to run by installing the following: Theano==0.6.0 pymc==3.0 scipy==0.13.3 PyMC3 was installed from git from the pymc3 branch as follows:

Dickwraith stories

So I’ve done some very dickish things as a darkwraith in Dark Souls, mostly involving firestorm. I’m certain my stories are not the worst but they’re probably some of the worst things I’ve done! I’m leaving this here as a confessional of sorts, but also a great place to leave my invasion stories. Some context: these stories were probably performed on my SL1 dickwraith character, using a +5 chaos battle axe for max damage.

Puppet and vagrant

So I’ve been playing with Puppet and Chef for server provisioning. The two technologies attempt to fill the same, or at least similar tasks: managing system configuration. With Vagrant, testing these two systems has become extremely easy. Vagrant supports both methods for server provisioning and the turnaround time for the tests is extremely short. I have tried for quite a while to run chef on a system, to no avail. I’ve often found that an unexpected crash puts end to my testing, whereas the first times I tried puppet I achieved success.

git quick

Git quick is a simple shell command I’ve written for quicker one line messages. It allows committing like g q A simple commit message Note the lack of quotes. Some things I’ve used to make it quicker: alias git to g in my zshrc alias q to quick in my gitconfig file put the git-quick script into my path somewhere The script The script really can’t be much simpler:

vim crashing with ruby on OSX

I started having trouble with vim crashing for me. I’m on OSX with homebrew and rbenv, and it crashed when editing Ruby files. I would get a segmentation fault. After some googling which was not particularly fruitful, the solution I came up with was: switch to the system ruby rbenv shell system uninstall vim completely with homebrew brew uninstall vim reinstall vim from head brew install --HEAD --override-system-vi vim This seems to have fixed the problem, though I do not know if it was switching to the system ruby or installing from head.