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Producing a map with 5 lines of code

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Over the past year, I have been exploring the geospatial capabilities of various R packages.  Today, I want to share the most basic of geospatial capabilities, which is producing a map.  Using R, you can do this in just 5 lines of code.

Let's produce a map of Boston, Massachusetts.  Boston has a longitude of -71.0588801 and a latitude of 42.3600825.  Since we list x and y coordinates in order (i.e. we list y after x), we list longitude (the horizontal coordinate) before latitude (the vertical coordinate).  Let's create our map!

Code line 1:

install.packages("ggmap")

This command installs the ggmap package in your R environment.

Code line 2:

library(ggmap)

This command loads the ggmap package in your R environment.

Code line 3:

boston <- c(lon = -71.0588801, lat = 42.3600825)

This line creates a variable called "boston" and assigns the lon and lat coordinates in it.

Code line 4:

boston_map <- get_map(boston, zoom = 13, scale = 1)

This line creates a varia…

IBM SPSS and Entity Analytics at work

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Testing Senzing's Entity Resolution Workbench

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I have the great honor of knowing ex-IBM Fellow Jeff Jonas, the co-Founder, CEO and Chief Scientist of Senzing.  Apart from being exceptionally talented, Jeff is also an amazing human being who is always willing to help others.  I have personally been the beneficiary of his generosity and continue to benefit from his counsel every day.  Jeff is one of the main reasons why I have chosen to follow a technical career path at IBM.




Jeff left IBM in 2016 to start a new venture called Senzing.  Senzing has built the first real-time AI software product for Entity Resolution (ER), a space that Jeff is the world's #1 expert in.  Senzing's new offering has huge implications in the post-GDPR world and has the potential to increase trust in Blockchain networks.  Jeff recently gave a keynote at the IBM Think conference where he described what Senzing does and its potential applications (including as part of IBM Blockchain).  I strongly recommend watching it.






When I spoke with Jeff yesterda…

Watson Analytics, SPSS Modeler and Esri ArcGIS

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