Articles by Oscar

Mistakes: You’ll make a few

September 5, 2021 | Oscar

Running into errors and warnings is a completely normal part of programming – even the best of the best can count on it happening daily! Getting comfortable with what the errors mean and how to find the solution is part of your learning journey. Here’s a checklist (pdf /jpg) with … ...
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10 new books added to Big Book of R

July 20, 2021 | Oscar

21 July 2021 In this post I’m highlighting 10 new books added to Big Book of R. Thank you to the authors for writing them and thanks to R Posts you might have missed who I got a bunch of these from. Hiring Data Scientists and Machine Learning Engineers Roy … The post 10 ...
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9 new R books added 📚📚📚

June 18, 2021 | Oscar

This is the first time I’m writing up a blog post to summarise new books that have been added to Big Book Of R. I’ll keep doing so in future! A quick thank you to @LeganaFingerfut for adding R for Health Data Science, and to @RCoderWeb for adding ...
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Big Book of R has over 200 books!

May 30, 2021 | Oscar

Way back in August 2020, I launched Big Book of R, a collection of free (and some paid) R programming books organised by categories like Geospatial, Statistics, Packages and many more. What started off as a 100 book collection has now grown to over 200 :D! Anyway, I felt was … The post Big ...
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A real-world, messy dataset to practice on

April 28, 2021 | Oscar

At some point you may be looking for a “real world” dataset to practice analysis on or to give to students. The value of such data is that it gives analysts a chance to develop skills they need for their work, but are hard to master when given “clean” datasets, … ...
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Hiring a data analyst

March 10, 2021 | Oscar

In late 2020 I was hiring for a data analyst role. We were looking for someone with domain expertise, R and some SQL if possible. That alone is a long wishlist ;). Originally this post started as a twitter thread which you can find a link to at the end. These … The ...
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First thoughts on a community-driven R learning platform

August 14, 2020 | Oscar

I’ve been mulling over some things. I hope that by sharing them, it will spark some inspiration for others. I think R needs a good, comprehensive and curated learning platform. Ever since you-know-who did you-know-what and then the leadership proceeded to shoot themselves in both feet, and after running ...
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A roadmap for getting started with R

May 5, 2020 | Oscar

Some folks at work expressed an interest in how to get started learning R. There are lots of resources out there, but I thought I’d share with you what I shared with them as a pathway that I followed that’s working out well for me. You don’t ...
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