My R journey has had many bumps along the way

I first used R in 2015 at a workshop at the American Evaluation Association conference. I was intrigued, but, since my co-workers at the time used Excel and SPSS, I let my newly learned skills lapse.

In 2016, entering the world of consulting, I decided to give R another shot. I jumped back in, using free online resources to restart my R journey. I taught myself enough that I decided to give R a shot on a project I was working on. I got a few steps in, hit a roadblock, and had to go back to Excel.

A few weeks later, I tried R again on another project. Same result. I followed this pattern for several months, optimistically thinking I was ready to use R for a project, only to find my skills weren’t quite there yet.

It’s a common story among those of us who teach ourselves R. Without a guide, we waste time going down the wrong path without realizing where we’re going.

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Why R for the Rest of Us?

As I moved forward on my journey, I came to realize how powerful R is. I also realized how few non-hardcore quants use it .

I started R for the Rest of Us to bring R to folks who do not yet use it. Folks who are good with data, but need a helping hand with this software. Folks who have used SPSS, SAS, Stata, or other data analysis software and have considered trying R, but haven’t know where to start. R for the Rest of Us is my attempt to demystify R so that others can embrace its power.

I also want to make the community around R for the Rest of Us welcoming to all R learners. I’ve developed a code of conduct that provides a set of behavior guidelines to ensure that this is possible. I invite you to take a look at it and let me know what you think.

David Keyes

Hi, I'm David

Think you know what an R user looks like? I'm probably not what you have in mind.

I'm not a hardcore quant (my PhD is in anthropology). I'm not a coder ready to jump on you for any small mistake.

I want to help others avoid the pain that I went through learning R.

A teacher at heart (shoutout to my former second grade students), I make R less scary and more fun (yes, fun).

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