Your First Project
Lisp-Stat includes a project template that you can use as a guide for your own projects.
Use the template
To get started, go to the project template
- Click Use this template
- Select a name for your new project and click Create repository from template
- Make your own local working copy of your new repo using
git clone, replacing https://github.com/me/example.git with your repo’s URL:
git clone --depth 1 https://github.com/me/example.git
- You can now edit your own versions of the project’s source files.
This will clone the project template into your own github repository so you can begin adding your own files to it.
By convention, we use a directory structure that looks like this:
... ├── project | ├── data | | ├── foo.csv | | ├── bar.json | | └── baz.tsv | └── src | | ├── load.lisp | | └── analyse.lisp | | └── baz.tsv | └── tests | | ├── test.lisp | └── doc | | ├── project.html ...
Often your project will have sample data used for examples illustrating how to use the system. Such example data goes here, as would static data files that your system includes, for example post codes (zip codes). For some projects, we keep the project data here too. If the data is obtained over the network or a data base, login credentials and code related to that is kept here. Basically, anything neccessary to obtain the data should be kept in this directory.
The lisp source code for loading, cleaning and analysing your data. If you are using the template for a Lisp-Stat add-on package, the source code for the functionality goes here.
Generated documentation goes here. This could be both API
documentation and user guides and manuals. If an
appears here, github will automatically display it’s contents at
project.github.io, if you have configured the repository to display
documentation that way.
Load your project
If you’ve cloned the project template into your local Common Lisp
~/common-lisp/, then you can load it with
(ql:quickload :project). Lisp will download and compile the neccessary
dependencies and your project will be loaded. The first thing you’ll
want to do is to configure your project.
Configure your project
First, change the directory and repository name to suit your environment and make sure git remotes are working properly. Save yourself some time and get git working before configuring the project further.
project.asd file is the Common Lisp system definition file.
Rename this to be the same as your project directory and edit its
contents to reflect the state of your project. To start with, don’t
change any of the file names; just edit the meta data. As you add or
rename source code files in the project you’ll update the file names
here so Common Lisp will know that to compile. This file is analgous
to a makefile in C – it tells lisp how to build your project.
If you need project-wide initialisation settings, you can do this in
src/init.lisp. The template sets up a logical path
(defun setup-project-translations () (setf (logical-pathname-translations "PROJECT") `(("DATA;**;*.*.*" ,(merge-pathnames "data/**/*.*" (asdf:system-source-directory 'project)))))) (setup-project-translations)
To use it, you’ll modify the directories and project name for your
project, and then call
(setup-project-translations) in one of your
lisp initialisation files (either ls-init.lisp or .sbclrc). By
default, the project data directory will be set to a subdirectory
below the main project directory, and you can access files there with
PROJECT:DATA;mtcars.csv for example. When you configure your
logical pathnames, you’ll replace “PROJECT” with your projects name.
We use logical style pathnames throughout the Lisp-Stat documentation, even if a code level translation isn’t in place.
The project templates illustrates the basic steps for a simple analysis.
The first step is to load data. The
PROJECT:SRC;load file shows
creating three data frames, from three different sources: CSV, TSV and
JSON. Use this as a template for loading your own data.
load.lisp also shows some simple cleansing, adding labels, types and
attributes, and transforming (recoding) a variable. You can follow
these examples for your own data sets, with the goal of creating a
data frame from your data.
PROJECT:SRC;analyse shows taking the mean and standard deviation of
mpg variable of the loaded data set. Your own analysis will, of
course, be different. The examples here are meant to indicate the
purpose. You may have one or more files for your analysis, including
supporting functions, joining data sets, etc.
Plotting can be useful at any stage of the process. It’s inclusion as
the third step isn’t intended to imply a particular importance or
order. The file
PROJECT:SRC;plot shows how to plot the information
disasters data frame.
Finally, you’ll want to save your data frame after you’ve got it where
you want it to be. You can save project in a ‘native’ format, a lisp
file, that will preserve all your meta data and is editable, or a CSV
file. You should only use a CSV file if you need to use the data in
PROJECT:SRC;save shows how to save your work.
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