This blog in 2015

It must be time for the annual report, kindly generated by the people from WordPress at the end of each year.

I’m pleased to see that I still averaged almost 2 posts a month, given that it was a difficult year in many ways (more on that later). Visitors from 202 countries! And if I never blogged again, it seems that people will want to learn about R’s apply functions for a long time to come.

2016 is going to be a bit “different”. Look out for the blog post which explains how and why, coming soon…

Syntax highlighting of R code at

If your WordPress blog is hosted at (like this one), you may know that source code in posts is formatted and highlighted using a shortcode, as explained here.

Until recently, R was not on the list of supported languages (neither was Perl), but I noticed today that both of them are now supported. This may have happened months ago and I just wasn’t aware of it. I spent a merry hour or so updating my old posts in the R category, so the code should now feature pretty colours. Let me know if you spot any errors that I may have introduced inadvertently.

I guess this is in some sense recognition that R is now used quite widely and that usage is growing.