Access the InfoChimps API from R

November 22, 2010

(This article was first published on Revolutions, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers) is mainly known as a clearinghouse for finding large data sets, for free or for sale. But they have also released (in beta, at least) an API that lets you find some pretty useful information on-demand. Normally, you'd have you use RESTful calls to access the API, but now Drew Conway has created an R package (and released gist sources) that lets you query the API using simple R commands. With the infochimps package, you can:

To use the infochimps package in R, you'll need to sign up for an API key. (The free subscription is limited in the number of API calls allowed, and requires attribution.)

inside-R Package Reference: infochimps

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