Created: 2008-05-05 05:52
Updated: 2016-05-11 21:31


ACRP Notes

This project contains the analysis of data from the Australian Common Reader Project in the form of snippets of R and SQL code as well as some resulting graphs and tables.

Importantly, the actual data used in this analysis is NOT included in this project as I do not have the rights to redistribute it. The references to SQL databases and tables are for a local copy of the MySQL database I was given access to by the ACRP.

The rest of this file is some notes I made for myself while learning about the database and analysing it.


A few libraries are required in R to run this code:

  • kernlab
  • RMySQL
  • DBI

Database Structure

The files *_schema.txt in the db directory are dumps of the MySQL database by the query in the shell script.

I turned the important parts of these schema into a PDF file -- db/table.pdf -- using OmniGraffle 5. The .graffle file is also available.

Set up

Several tables are created during analysis so as to speed things up. Once the original ACRP database is loaded, run setup.sql to build the extra tables required before running and of the R scripts for analysis.


The file RESULTS.markdown contains some useful counts and IDs collected for reference as well as some notes on some early plots.

Seminar May 2008

The directory seminarMay08 contains R analysis scripts and the resulting PDF plots used in the seminar Julieanne gave to her faculty in May 2008.

Notice that as I learned more about RMySQL I began moving more and more of the database-related code into R in an effort to make the R scripts completely self-contained.


By default, the SQL mode in TextMate expects the file /tmp/mysql.sock to exist. The installation of MySQL I'm using puts this file in /opt/local/.... To work around this I use the following command:

$ ln -s /opt/local/var/run/mysql5/mysqld.sock /tmp/mysql.sock

TextMate SQL View Gotcha

By default, the SQL mode in TextMate will add a "LIMIT 10" statement to the end of queries in the editor that are run using Ctrl-Shift-Q. This is fine for viewing the head of what would otherwise be a large number of rows, but very bad if you are trying to create a view since the resulting view will only contain 10 rows.

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