This post shares the video from a talk presented on 20th November 2012 by Professor Rob Hyndman at Melbourne R Users. The talk provides an introduction to:

Getting R help

Debugging R functions

R style guides

Making good use of Rprofiles.

Having a good R workflow

Version control facilities

Using R with LaTeX (without using sweave or knitr)

Turning functions into packages

Prof Rob J Hyndman has used R and its predecessors (S and S+) almost every working day (and some weekends) for the past 25 years. He thought it might be helpful to discuss some of what he has learned and the tricks and tools that he uses. Topics to be discussed will possibly include:

Rob J Hyndman is Professor of Statistics at Monash University and Director of the Monash University Business and Economic Forecasting Unit. He completed a science degree at the University of Melbourne in 1988 and a PhD on nonlinear time series modelling at the same university in 1992. He has worked at the University of Melbourne, Colorado State University, the Australian National University and Monash University. Rob is Editor-in-Chief of the ‚ÄúInternational Journal of Forecasting‚Äù and a Director of the International Institute of Forecasters. He has written over 100 research papers in statistical science. In 2007, he received the Moran medal from the Australian Academy of Science for his contributions to statistical research. Rob is co-author of the well-known textbook ‚ÄúForecasting: methods and applications‚Äù (Wiley, 3rd ed., 1998) and of the book ‚ÄúForecasting with exponential smoothing: the state space approach‚Äù (Springer, 2008). He is also the author of the widely-used ‚Äúforecast‚Äù package for R. For over 25 years, Rob has maintained an active consulting practice, assisting hundreds of companies and organizations on forecasting problems. His recent consulting work has involved forecasting electricity demand, tourism demand and the Australian government health budget. More information is available on his website at robjhyndman.com.