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Members Only: How to Make a Multi-line Step Chart in R

For the times your data represents immediate changes in value. Read More

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Members Only: Symbols-based Charts to Show Counts in R

Add visual weight by using individual items to show counts. Read More

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R programming with Minecraft

The new R package miner is an interface to Minecraft via some simple R commands. The miner package provides just a few simple functions to manipulate the game world: find or move a player’s position; add or remove blocks in the world; send a message to all players in the world. The functions are deliberately simple, designed to be used to build more complex tasks. I’m thinking walkable data worlds...

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Introducing a Course for Mapping in R

Mapping geographic data in R can be tricky, because there are so many ways to complete separate tasks. It’s a jumble of options and you have to figure out how to put the pieces together. This course walks you through the steps so that the process isn’t so jumbley. FlowingData members can access the course right now. Learn how to load geographic data, draw boundaries, map locations, and make data-driven...

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Scrabble data and analysis

Looking for some data to play with? James P. Curley compiled Scrabble data using computer-played games in Quackle Scrabble. Check out his summary analysis or grab the data for yourself in the R package scrabblr. Tags: R, Scrabble

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Easily download large-ish survey datasets

Many government organizations release microdata for surveys every year. It comes as anonymized responses from each survey participant for each question in said survey. However, those who want to use this data often run into the challenge of downloading and parsing. It’s rarely straightforward. So, Anthony Damico provides a big helping of R scripts to easily download data from a bunch of surveys. He calls the site Analyze Survey Data...

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R for Excel users

For Excel users getting started with R, pain oftentimes finds its way into the learning process. Gordon Shotwell feels your pain and provides a primer to shifting to a different approach to your data. At the beginning, when you are trying to accomplish simple things like balancing a budget or entering some data by hand, R is definitely harder to learn than Excel. However, as the task gets more complex,...

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Members Only: How to Edit R Charts in Adobe Illustrator

A detailed guide for R users who want to polish their charts in the popular graphic design app for readability and aesthetics. Read More

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Now over 10,000 packages in R

There are a lot of R packages, which is why before I implement any chart type myself, I look to see if someone already did it. Recently, the official R package repository surpassed the 10,000 mark. Why so many packages? R has a very active developer community, who contribute new packages to CRAN on a daily basis. As a result, R is unparalleled in its capabilities for statistical computing, data...

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Members Only: How to Make an Animated Map in R, Part 4

In the the last part of the four-part series, you make a longer animation with more data and annotate. Read More

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