A Guide to R for Excel Users

Many of the clients I work with are coming from Excel. When I teach them R, I try to relate new information to things they are already familiar with. In that spirit, I’ve put together a short video that shows some key functions (select, mutate, filter, summarize, group_by, and arrange) from the dplyr package in […]

How teaching second graders helps me teach R

From 2005 to 2007, I was a second grade teacher at Bel Pre Elementary School in Silver Spring, Maryland. It was the hardest job I’ve ever done. But I learned so much about teaching during that time (as well as my education master’s program) that it was anything but a waste. Recently, I’ve been reflecting on ways […]

What is a Tidyverse-centric approach?

I describe my Fundamentals of R course as taking a “Tidyverse-centric approach.” If you’re new to R, you might be wondering what the heck I’m talking about. Here’s my explanation as to what the Tidyverse is and why I use it to teach R. The Tidyverse is described as: … an opinionated collection of R packages designed for data […]

Is R just for data scientists?

Take a look at most R courses and they’re pitched to aspiring data scientists. They say things like, “learn R and you can get a great job working at one of the many companies that use it to do data science.” Take a look at the bios of many of the most prominent R users and you’ll […]

My R Journey: Steve Richard

Steve Richard works as a data analyst at the Joint Office of Homeless Services (JOHS) in Multnomah County, Oregon. JOHS is an office that was created through an inter-governmental agreement between the city of Portland, Oregon and the County to allocate funds to and manage contracts for social services agencies serving the homeless population in the County. […]

Lessons for Learning R

This post comes from the R for the Rest of Us newsletter. If you want to get more content like this delivered to your inbox, sign up today. Last week I published the latest post in the My R Journey series. It is with Rika Gorn, Director of Data Analytics & Reporting at Covenant House International. I’ve followed Rika for […]

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