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# A few words from the authors
This repository is a bookdown template, derived from the LaTeX template
from the semiar for statistics, ETH Zurich.
**How bookdown works**
In a nutshell, bookdown works as follows:
- use knitr to convert Rmd to markdown.
- use pandoc to convert markdown to latex, pdf, word, html books (with
featuers like font size, background selection, full text search
etc), epub.
The basic workflow is as follows:
- Change a source file: In our template, the source of the body of the
thesis is under `./rmd/`. For example, change `02-features.Rmd`
- Re-compile the book using Cmd + Shift + B (for build) on a Mac and
Ctrl + Shift + B on Windows / Linux.
- You can customize the build in the RStudio Build Tab, where you can
specify which output (html, pdf, etc.) you want to generate. This is
remembered for the next build you are doing.s
**Getting started**
Fork the upstream repository and clone the fork. Then, you will have one
remote repository: origin, which refers to the fork. Add the upstream
repo as an upstream remote so you can later rebase on it in case you
need. We recommend using ssh over https.
**Why using bookdown**
The advantages of using bookdown instead of plain LaTeX are, in the eyes
of the creator of this template:
- Generalization. Not just latex or PDF output, but any output
supported by Pandoc.
- The best of two worlds. Use intuitive markdown syntax where
possible, use the full power of LaTeX syntax where needed. This
includes a real-time latex equation previewer in RStudio, bibtex
reference, LaTeX cross-, text- and figure reference.
- It’s native R. Integrate R code and R output in your writing has
never been easier than with bookdown. You can also use other
languages supported by knitr such as python, stan etc.\[1\]
**How this template works**
There are different directories in this template:
``` bash
tree -d -L 2 --charset unicode
#> .
#> |-- _book
#> | |-- figures
#> | |-- libs
#> | |-- man
#> | `-- thesis_SfS_files
#> |-- _bookdown_files
#> | `-- thesis_SfS_files
#> |-- bib
#> |-- figure
#> |-- figures
#> |-- images
#> | `-- auto
#> |-- pdf
#> |-- rmd
#> |-- scratch
#> |-- style
#> `-- tex
#> 17 directories
- \_book: Contains the compiled book, e.g. a PDF or html version.
- \_bib: Contains BibTeX reference data bases.
- figure: Contains figures you created from your (R) code in the rmd
- images: Put images you want to include in your thesis in this
- pdf: Put PDFs you want to include in your thesis in this folder.
- rmd: The source folder of thesis. When you build a book, the
following happens: By default, all rmd files in this folder get
merged into one big rmd file, according to their name. We suggest to
use one file per chapter. Then, the file containing all the rmd
sources will get processed by knitr and later by Pandoc.
- scratch: A random directory which is not tracked by git by default.
The idea is that you can put things that are not ready to commit or
that have a temporary character here.
- style: Latex .sty files. Taken from the sfs LaTeX template.
- tex: All tex data, most importantly, the sfs LaTeX template itself.
Note that the abstract, preface, epilogue, summary, notation are
still in tex, i.e. you need to change these files if you want the
PDF output to change. This will **not** affect the html output. You
can create chapters that show up in a particular output and not in
the other forms as shown in `rmd/99-references.Rmd`.
Furthermore, we want to highlight a few files in the root directory of
the project:
- `DESCRIPTION`: You can use it to declare dependent packages of your
thesis in the `Imports:` field. If someone want’s to rebuild you
thesis from scratch, the can use `remotes::install_deps()` to
satisfy all R package dependencies.
- `index.Rmd`: Contains a YAML header where a few important variables
are defined. You can also put markdown below the header.
- `README.(R)md`: This document.
- `thesis-template-bookdown.Rproj`: An RStudio project. We recommend
using RStudio for authoring your master thesis with bookdown.
**A few recommendations**
- We strongly suggest to use a different folder for the data / code of
your thesis and reserve this directory for the thesis document only.
You can reaname this directory `analysis-communication` (since this
will be the means used for communicating the results and process of
your thesis) and use `analysis-raw` for the code and `data` for all
data. Ideally, you place them in the same directory so you can still
work with relative paths, e.g. `../data`.
- We suggest to use git version control for the thesis and the raw
- If your thesis is open source, you can use to deploy it,
i.e. for every commit you push to a remote repo like GitHub, you can
use netlify’s CLI to build your book on a CI machine like travis.
See file `travis.yml` for the bookdown book [Advanced
for an example. That makes tracking the `_book` folder in git
**Further material**
This is obviously a very short introduction to the template and it is in
no way comprehensive. To learn more about bookdown, we encourage the
reader to have a look at the [bookdown
guide]( as well as searching
through stack overflow / Google for particular questions. In addition,
inspect the different files in this repo, in particular the ones in the
rmd directory to develop a deeper understanding of the template.
As of early 2018, this template is still in alpha testing phase, so you
may experience unexpected behavior. Please file an issue on the git
repository where you have obtained the source of this template in case
you are stuck for some time with a problem or if you found a solution to
a problem you believe others are likely to encounter in the future. Pull
requests on typos are also welcome. We want to make sure that students
working this template have a great experience writing their master
Nicola Gnecco and Lorenz Walthert
1. Below, we even used the bash command `tree` to show the directory
structure of this repo. Since unicode is not suppored with pdflatex,
we used R code to tell knitr to use the tree command with the option
`charset unicode` for pdf output and without it for html output.

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