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Some R News

January 13, 2017
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by Joseph Rickert Here are a few things of some interest in the R world: The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has joined the R Consortium! This is a very positive development for the R Consortium and the R Community in general. The Moore Foundation has been a positive force for supporting technology that can

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December 2016 Package Picks

January 11, 2017
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by Joseph Rickert Last month, 217 new packages were submitted to CRAN. By my count this was the highest monthly value recorded for the past nine years. Below, are brief descriptions of fifty-two of these new-for-December packages grouped into six categories: Data, Data Science, Financial Analysis, Statistics, Utilities and Visualizations. The Financial Analysis category is

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10,000 CRAN Packages

January 6, 2017
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by Joseph Rickert The R package system continues to expand as the number of packages on CRAN is about to blow through the 10,000 mark sometime soon. This is astonishing! Not only are new packages arriving at a rate of about 190 per month, but CRAN itself continues to tick along like a well-oiled machine,

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Interview with Joe Cheng

January 4, 2017
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by Joseph Rickert Recently, I had the opportunity to interview RStudio’s Joe Cheng. Joe, the inventor and lead developer for Shiny, was the first person that J.J. Allaire invited to join the RStudio IDE project. We talked about those early days, how Shiny got started, Joe’s background as a software developer, his take on the

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Get Ready for RStudio::Conf

December 23, 2016
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by Joseph Rickert The 2017 R Conference season will get off to an early start on January 13th and 14th with RStudio::Conf 2017 in Orlando, Florida. The schedule promises an intense but collegial experience with plenty of hands-on practice working with R and the RStudio tool chain of packages and products. To prepare for the

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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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