Repeatable results

In 2014—2017, my blog was based on Jekyll, which was a logical choice because I host it on GitHub pages. Now I have moved to Hugo. This is because of Blogdown and its support for R Markdown. My earlier site was also based on Markdown. However, R Markdown enables one not only to cite program code, but to execute it.

Little bit similarly as Jupyter Notebook, R Markdown makes it possible to run code on a static HTML page. For example, I will write a very simple R function and its output will be shown under the source code.

curve(x^2, from=1, to=50, , xlab="x", ylab="y")

This is probably insignificant for a common blogger, but R Markdown might be a fundamental step for the DH community. The humanists seldom consider the repeatability of their results, because hermeneutical interpretations are — to some extent — ad hoc conclusions. In contrast to that, the results of algorithmic methods should be repeatable in principle. R Markdown enables the scholar to make the stages of her research process transparent, which could be also a great pedagogical asset.