Planning an R usergroup meeting in R

March 25, 2015
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(This article was first published on Benomics » R, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

The edinbr_logoEdinburgh R usergroup (EdinbR) put together a survey a while back to figure out some of the logistical details for organising a succesful meeting. We had 75 responses (and a few more after I grabbed the results) so here’s some quick analysis, all done in R of course. The code and data for these figures are available on the EdinbR github account.

Who’s coming to EdinbR meetings?

attendance

It looks like the majority of our audience would describe themselves as having an “intermediate” level of R knowledge, but there’s a good number of beginners too. The overall number of attendees is promising too: 43 said they’d attend either every meeting or most meetings!

When’s the best time and day for meetings?

best_day

best_time

Together the results for the best time and day were potentially biased by our very first meeting (which happened at Wednesday 5pm)…

best_time_combo

Regardless this result means we’ll stick with Wednesdays at 5pm for now, without prejudice against lunchtime sessions in the future.

Where should meetings be held?

venues

Again strong support for the status quo: George square (and Bristo square, informatics etc.) are nice, central locations which are ideal for those based in the city centre and a decent compromise for those further afield, such as EdinbR attendees from the IGMM or King’s Buildings.

What do we want to hear about?

The organisers had already put together a  very non-comprehensive list of potential topics for future meetings and so we asked respondents to select those they were interested in hearing about:

popular_topics

This gives a rough roadmap for upcoming EdinbR meetings: if you could give a talk about any of the above topics then do let us know; you can reach me by email or on twitter, and do join our mailing list to be notified of our next meeting!

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