Ok, those who are interested. See the very bare github repo: https://github.com/dlakelan/JuliaDataTutorials
You should be able to get notebooks by just running the build.jl script, if you have Weave.jl installed.
The essential format is to split this into a series of Tutorials with paired Discussion. The first one is “BasicDataAndPlots”. Imagine the target audience is a 3rd year undergrad who has at most 1 semester of a computer programming course. The idea is to get them loading some data and producing some plots even if they don’t know how or why, just to see the syntax, maybe play around with it. It should have links to documentation so they can maybe modify plots by reading the discussion.
As things go along it should build to the point where we’re answering more meaningful questions and using more advanced ideas in data analysis, mostly from a Bayesian perspective. I’d like to tackle real world and interesting questions, the kind of thing where the answer isn’t clear, and someone who is interested in the topic could start from these tutorials, and then build a little undergrad or Masters level term-paper type project by further research. For the moment though, it’s just getting started.
Question for @kevbonham, how do I make sure Weave doesn’t try to execute a code block when building notebooks/pdf/html? I’m not clear on the syntax for that.
Having reread it, I can already see that there are some sections I should strip out and push into the Discussion. Also some things I need to add to the Discussion, like how the length units