How R Has Been Used to Look at Issues of Race and Policing

The last few weeks have brought global protests over police violence against black people and other people of color. These protests have sprung up in response to the death of George Floyd, but their size shows that they are about more than the brutal killing of one man. The breadth and depth of a complex […]

Why I’m Donating 1% of Sales to Important Causes

For a while now, I’ve been considering donating revenue from my business to support groups working for social justice. The murder of George Floyd and the protests that have sprung up in its aftermath have convinced me that it is time to do this.  Starting today, I’m donating 1% of all sales of online courses to groups working to […]

How to Add Color to Titles Using the ggtext Package

If you read experts on data visualization, you’ll start to see some common suggestions. One of these is use titles not just to describe your chart, but to explain your findings. Instead of generic titles like “Change in Math Scores, 2017-2018 to 2018-2019,” they suggest, try something like, “Most Students Improved Their Math Scores From […]

How to Download Data in R

When you work with most data analysis tools, the first step in any project is to download your data. Your workflow might look something like this: Go to the website where the data is located Find the data you need Download the data to your computer Copy the data to where you need to in […]

Analyzing the R for the Rest of Us Audience Survey

In February, I asked you to help me figure out what to do next with R for the Rest of Us. As I wrote at the time: Moving forward, I want to focus my efforts on the types of learning that resonate with you. I’m also thinking about offering opportunities to learn about particular topics […]

R is Not Just for Big Data

“Oh yeah, I thought about learning R, but my data isn’t that big so it’s not worth it.”  I’ve heard that line more times than I can count. There is a common perception among non-R users that R is only worth learning if you work with “big data.” It’s not a totally crazy idea. R […]