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.
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).
Projects often require a range of skills. I partner with talented R users to get the job done.
Crystal is a US-based consultant with a background in education research data management who enjoys working on problems others may find mundane. She is happiest spending her time wrangling messy data into useable formats, documenting data processes, and improving data management workflows.
Joscelin is a US-based consultant with a background in cognitive development research. She strongly advocates for open science and making the process of acquiring programming skills more accessible for people from minoritized groups. She enjoys learning new data cleaning and visualization skills in R and sharing that knowledge with others.