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.
Hi, I’m David
Think you know what an R user looks like? I’m probably not what you have in mind.
I started R for the Rest of Us to be that guide. Yes, you can learn R on your own. But working with me will help you go from novice to expert much, much faster than you could on your own.
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).