Posts tagged "R"

R growth on StackOverflow reigns supreme

Joshua Kunst did a quick analysis on tag usage on StackOverflow, the question and answer site for programming. The R tag isn't the top of course, but it is growing in usage the quickest, based on slope. This is good news for two reasons. The first of course is that R usage is growing. The second is that we can spend less time in archived R email threads, which tend...

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Tufte style charts in R

Lukasz Piwek is chipping away at a collection of Tufte-style charts using R, along with the code snippets. Fittingly, the project is called Tufte in R. The Tufte stuff is nice and all, but that's not why I like this project. Two reasons. The first is that there's a misconception that R charts have to look a certain way. I already showed how that's not the case, and it's nice...

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R Consortium for further development of community

The Linux Foundation announced the R Consortium to provide support to the R Foundation and to organizations developing the language. "Millions of data scientists and academic researchers use R language every day and want to collaborate with their peers to share visualization and analysis techniques," said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation. "The R Consortium will promote the sharing of ideas and accelerate findings that make R even...

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Working with R at the New York Times

Amanda Cox from the New York Times was on the Data Stories podcast. You should listen. She talks about how she uses R, workflow at the New York Times, and some of her favorite projects. I listened while picking up my son from daycare. I hope some of it seeps into his consciousness through osmosis. One note. In the beginning Amanda talks a little bit about how she got started....

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R is quirky, flawed, and an enormous success

Most people who use R on the regular learned the language in the context of a subject outside of programming. They learned R as they learned statistical methods, or they picked up bits of R as they learned about visualization. However, if you learn R purely as just a language — without the domain-specificity — or you already program in a different language, R might seem strange at times. In...

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Length of the average master’s thesis

A while back beckmw found the average length of a dissertation for various fields of study, based on digital archives at the University of Minnesota. Here's a follow-up to that data scrape with average lengths of masters' theses, again for various fields. Medical Chemistry wins this round. By the way, the colors don't mean anything. They're just there for flourish. On the upside, the R code for scraping along with...

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A Course for Visualization in R, Taking You From Beginner to Advanced

It's the fourth year of running memberships on FlowingData (whoa). With at least one tutorial per month since the beginning, I've worked up a pretty good collection, mostly in R. Each tutorial is self-encapsulated. Download the source and follow the steps. You don't have to work through other tutorials for one to be useful. This is good if you already have a project in mind and want to put something...

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htmlwidgets: Create interactive web charts in R

If you don't want to bother with JavaScript but want to publish interactive graphics for the web or use interaction to explore your data, htmlwidgets might be for you. HTML widgets work just like R plots except they produce interactive web visualizations. A line or two of R code is all it takes to produce a D3 graphic or Leaflet map. HTML widgets can be used at the R console...

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R site updated

The R site has a new face. It looked dated for years — maybe decades — so I'm glad it got a refresh (with further updates in the coming months I assume). I felt like the old look was such a turn off that I had to reassure newcomers that even though the site looks like crap, the computing language itself is in fact not crap. At the same time...

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rvest: R package to scrape web data

Inspired by the Python libraries RoboBrowser and BeautifulSoup, the rvest package by Hadley Wickham helps you scrape web data via R in a similar way. Parse tables into data frames, navigate around a website, and of course, extract bits from a page. I'll stick to BeautifulSoup, but I'm saving this for later. I'm sure it'll come in handy sooner rather than later. Tags: R

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