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November Package Picks

December 7, 2016
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November Package Picks

by Joseph Rickert November was a prolific month for R developers: 189 new packages landed in CRAN. I have selected more than a quarter of them for this post, but I haven’t listed everything that is worth a look. My November 2016 picks are organized into four categories: Biotech (4 picks), Data (6 picks), Machine

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Writing Good R Code and Writing Well

December 2, 2016
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by Joseph Rickert If you are aspiring to write good R code, you may find it helpful to occasionally spend some time reading about writing: reading about writing R code, and reading about writing about R code that you’ve written. (If you write some excellent R code, you will likely have the opportunity to write

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Missing Values, Data Science and R

November 30, 2016
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Missing Values, Data Science and R

by Joseph Rickert One great advantages of working in R is the quantity and sophistication of the statistical functions and techniques available. For example, R’s quantile() function allows you to select one of the nine different methods for computing quantiles. Who would have thought there could be so many ways to do something that seems

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Some Technical Reading JBR

November 25, 2016
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Some Technical Reading JBR

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October Package Picks

November 23, 2016
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October Package Picks

by Joseph Rickert In my August Package Picks post, I explained that my selection criteria favor packages with vignettes. (I find skimming through a package’s vignettes to be an effective method of “grokking” what a package is all about.) I also questioned why a person would go to all of the trouble to develop a

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Feuilleton

November 4, 2016
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Feuilleton

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Naive Bayes: A Generative Model and Big Data Classifier

November 2, 2016
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September Package Picks

October 26, 2016
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September Package Picks

by Joseph Rickert September was a bit of a slow month for new R packages. Only 96 new packages showed up un CRAN. Nevertheless, I have picked out 23 for special mention which I have listed in 5 categories. I used the same selection criteria as I described in the post for August picks. Data

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August Package Picks

October 21, 2016
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August Package Picks

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Interview with J.J. Allaire

October 17, 2016
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Interview with J.J. Allaire

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