Articles by George Mount

Meetup Recap: Survey and Measure Development in R

September 30, 2019 | George Mount

Have you ever taken a survey at the doctor or for a job interview and wondered what exactly that data was used for? There is a long-standing series of methodologies, many coming from psychology, on how to reliably measure “latent” traits, such as depression or loyalty, from self-report survey data.  ...
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Review: Excel TV’s Data Science with Power BI and R

October 12, 2018 | George Mount

I have had a long history with Excel TV and, like Excel TV (and Excel itself) the channel has changed over the years. Gone are their regular live-streaming interviews with leading Excel authorities. Excel TV’s main product is now online courses. These are pre-recorded classes taught by the same ...
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Writing Code to Read Quotes About Writing Code

October 11, 2018 | George Mount

A recent project of mine has been setting up a Twitter bot on innovation quotes. I enjoy this project because in addition to curating a great set of content and growing an audience around it, I have also learned a lot about coding. From web scraping to regular expressions to ...
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Downloading 24-Hour Weather Updates in R

September 27, 2018 | George Mount

This post serves as a follow-up on a previous post about scheduled collection of’s XML feed in R, which itself was a follow-up to retrieving real-time data from in Excel. Reflecting on the best way to accomplishing this automation, I noticed something back on Weather....
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Recap: Greater Cleveland R Users Lightning Talk

September 26, 2018 | George Mount

I am a regular attendee at the Greater Cleveland R Users Meetup and participated in the September 2018 Lightning Talks, in which a series of speakers gave ~8min presentations on talk running the gamut of R. My presentation came from the social science research world: statistical mediation. In my graduate program ...
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Data Entry with R’s Text Editor

September 14, 2018 | George Mount

Excel’s greatest strength — and its greatest weakness — is the ease of users to manipulate the basic data. Done well and the capability affords flexibility; done poorly and you are left with hard-coded cells and hidden Column A’s. With R you approach the data differently by writing each step ... [Read more...]

Pivoting on Text in R (vs. Excel)

September 10, 2018 | George Mount

This post follows a previous tutorial on pivoting on text in Excel. In this post I will reproduce the exercise in R. This way you begin to see the similarities and differences of the program and begin to diversify your data skill base.   Related: 5 Things Excel Users Should Know About ... [Read more...]

R Functions for Reproducible Data Frames

August 10, 2018 | George Mount

  While there are many great resources to get help in R, sometimes you just need a second opinion. Here is where the many Internet help boards come in handy, most notably Stack Overflow. Start posting on Stack Overflow and you will soon learn the importance of the minimum reproducible example (... [Read more...]

A Tour of RStudio

August 7, 2018 | George Mount

In a previous post I explained how to install RStudio, a popular integrated development environment for the R programming language. Open up RStudio for the first time and it might look like some mad scientist’s Mission Control. In this post I will walk through each pane and what it ... [Read more...]

5 Ways to Get Help in R

August 1, 2018 | George Mount

In my mini-course, “5 Things Excel Users Should Know About R,” the fifth is more a point of encouragement than advice: don’t panic!  (To learn about the other four, why not enroll for the mini-course yourself? It’s free.) There are numerous places to get stuck in R, many of ... [Read more...]

The Best %^&@! Expletive Generator in R*

July 7, 2018 | George Mount

*Technically I think these are grawlixes, but this is a family blog anyway. Ever get so mad when you are working with data that you just want to scrawl out a long expletive in the middle of your coding? Ok, maybe it’s just me. I’m a mild-mannered guy ... [Read more...]
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