What if you could 100X your coding productivity? Well you can with ChatGPT.
One of the areas I’m most excited about is speeding up the development process of
Shiny web apps. And in this tutorial I’m going to show you how I built an app in 10 minutes with ChatGPT.
Table of Contents
Today I’m going to show you how to build a
shiny with ChatGPT Here’s what you’re learning today:
- Tutorial Part 1: How to use ChatGPT Prompts to progressively build a
- Bonus: Steal my app library for this R-Tip
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Why ChatGPT is a Must (No Hype Version)
chatgpt is a game changer. No question about it.
chatgpt perfect? No.
Am I faster when using
chatgpt for “AI assisted programming”? Yes.
Will a beginner data scientist take my job? Heck no.
But you know who will take my job?
Someone that’s faster at getting results than me.
I’m talking other experts that are learning how to use
chatgpt to their advantage.
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Today, I’m going to introduce you to
chatgpt by making a
Before we dive in…
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You’re going to point chatgpt in the right direction. And this little cheat sheet gives you the specific packages that you can ask ChatGPT to use.
chatgpt by giving you an edge over those that don’t have it. In fact, it’s my secret weapon…
Even I forget which R packages to use from time to time. And this cheat sheet saves me so much time. Instead of googling to filter through 20,000 R packages to find a needle in a haystack. I keep my cheat sheet handy so I know which to use and when to use them. Seriously. This cheat sheet is my bible.
Once you download it, head over to page 3 and you’ll see several R packages I use frequently just for Data Analysis.
Which is important when you want to work in these fields:
- Machine Learning
- Time Series
- Financial Analysis
- Geospatial Analysis
- Text Analysis and NLP
- Shiny Web App Development (see page 2)
So steal my cheat sheet. It will save you a ton of time.
Tutorial: How to Make a
Shiny App in 10 Minutes with
Time to build a
shiny app with AI assistance from
chatgpt. Let’s have some fun!
Step 1: Open Up Rstudio & Chatgpt
First, open up an Rstudio Session and
chatgpt I have them stacked sideways here. (Don’t worry if you don’t have a shiny app yet. We’ll create it in this tutorial)
Step 2: Get A Project Idea and Prompt ChatGPT to Build It
My project idea was a “monthly expense calculator”.
I figured this would be easy to build because it requires no data (csv files), and I can test out
chatgpt capabilities quickly.
Here’s my first prompt:
Then head over to Rstudio and run the code. We get a very basic
shiny app that calculates monthly expenses.
Step 2: Begin stacking
This is an iterative process where I now request additions and changes to functionality.
First, I use the key words: Update the app.
And then I request what updates I want to have the app changed.
Once the updated code is generated by
chatgpt, I copy and test it out inside of Rstudio.
Step 3: Continue Stacking Prompts
Next, I progressively request updates and changes to the app as I see things I’d like changed. Each time I run the code in Rstudio to see what impact the changes have.
First, I update the app to allow the user to add multiple months.
Next, I request the visualization to be changed to a bar plot.
Then I ask for the columns to be stacked on top of each other.
And the final shiny app is produced:
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The code for the 4 apps are inside of R-Tip
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