LEARN TO USE QUANDL IN R: A FREE R TUTORIAL WITH A SHIELD

March 3, 2014
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(This article was first published on » R, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

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Quandl is a “wikipedia” for numerical data that allows you to search rapidly through 8 million ready-to-use data sets. At DataCamp we created a free in-browser coding tutorial on how to use the corresponding R package to access Quandl data from within R.   

As every real world data analyst knows, finding and formatting numerical data for analysis in R is a often a hard and rigid task. Quandl wants to make this task less painful, by providing you with a ‘search engine” for numerical data . Not only does it allow you to find data fast, but once you find it, it is ready to use. This is because Quandl’s bot returns data in a standard format, meaning you can translate it to any format you want. One of the great things is that Quandl has its own R package. This package is built on top of the Quandl API, and allows you to access many of the Quandl functionalities right inside the R console.

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Our free interactive Quandl course introduces you to the main functionality in the Quandl R package. In two short chapters you learn how to search through Quandl’s data sets, how to access them, and how you can easily manipulate them for your own purposes. All exercises are based on real-life examples (e.g. Bitcoin exchange rates), and take place in the comfort of your own browser thanks to DataCamp’s interactive learning platform for R.

We hope you will enjoy the course! If you have suggestions on future courses we should develop, or if you want us to develop a course for you, just contact us via [email protected].

 

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