R is a Workflow Tool (That Also Does Some Stats)

I get asked this question a lot: is the work I do too basic to take advantage of R? It’s a reasonable question given R’s reputation as a tool for the extremely quantitatively inclined. But R can do a ton for you even if your statistical analysis needs are simple. I only ever use R for descriptive stats, and I […]

My R Journey: Sharla Gelfand

In choosing subjects for My R Journey interviews, I tend to stay away from statisticians. My mission with R for the Rest of Us is to demonstrate ways of using R that go beyond how many people expect R to be used (e.g. complex statistical models). But, if you know Sharla Gelfand, you know that […]

Setting Up Projects and Importing Data in R

Setting up projects and getting data into R can be really hard when you’re just starting! Learn how to do both in this short article (with video walkthrough!).

Themes to Improve Your ggplot Figures

The default look and feel of figures made with ggplot leaves something to be desired. See that default gray background and you know the figure was made in ggplot, just as a 3D pie chart could only mean Excel. Fortunately, though, changing how your ggplot figures look is incredibly simple. In fact, it’s usually just […]

My R Journey: Adrienne Zell

Adrienne Zell wears many hats. She is an Assistant Professor in the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) – Portland State University (PSU) School of Public Health. She is also the Director and co-founder of the OHSU Evaluation Core, an Assistant Director for the Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute (OCTRI), and the Director of the OCTRI Office of […]

If You Care About Equity, Use R

If you care about issues of equity and you work with data, you should use R. Yes, a humble data analysis tool can play a small, if important, role in creating a more equitable society. The first way that you may connect R and equity is with who uses it. Proprietary software like SPSS, SAS, […]