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What’s New in R: April 15, 2024

David Keyes David Keyes
April 15th, 2024

Welcome to this week’s edition of ​What’s New in R​! This week, we’re featuring a video on how a professional baseball team uses R, a package to convert form Google Docs to Quarto, and an analysis that shows R’s continued popularity. Let’s dive in!

How Major League Teams use R to Analyze Baseball Data

If you’ve ever wanted to get a peek behind the curtain and see how an organization uses R, this is a great video! Keith Woolner, principal data scientist for the Cleveland Guardians, shows how that baseball team uses R. Even if you don’t care about baseball, it’s a just a really interesting behind-the-scenes view into R’s value as a tool for data analysis.

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If you work with others who don’t use R, one of the challenging parts can be figuring out how to collaborate. Maëlle Salmon has put together a package that may help. {quartificate} promises to take a Google Doc and convert it into a Quarto book. Way better than manually copying and pasting!

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The RedMonk Programming Language Rankings: January 2024

Mark Sellors recently posted on Mastodon about the release of Redmonk programming language rankings. R comes in at number 12. These rankings are always plagued by methodological challenges, but give a good overall sense of where things stand. And, as is often the case, the analysis itself is done in R (now if we could just get them to apply a theme_minimal() to their plot, that would make them much easier on the eyes).

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