googleformr on CRAN

March 24, 2016
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(This article was first published on data_steve, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

As I said in my last post,

googleformr came out of a persistent series of questions: How to
collect data remotely? And do it programmatically with R? And safely,
easily, and free?

Well, now googleformr is up on
CRAN
.

Google Form niceties

After getting googleformr on CRAN, I had intended to extend
googleformr with some data visualization functionality in future
revisions; but upon consideration I’ve realized that Google Form has
some built in point-n-click summary tools that are quite robust.

For example, if you simply go to your Google Form spreadsheet, you can
click the “Show summary of responses” on the Form drop-down tab, an html
report with text, timeline, and bar chart features.

Moreover, with Google’s deployment of the Automatic
Statistician

in Spreadsheets, lower-level descriptive tasks are coming for free. So I
don’t feel the pressure to build out those features.

googleformr is an app

One of the more interesting developments since releasing googleformr has
been the realization that it could help me solve other problems in ways
I hadn’t imagined before. So with those googleformr functionalities less
of an need because of what Google Forms offers out of the box, in the
near future I hope to focus more on expanding ways that googleformr can
be leveraged elsewhere.

googleformr

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