Using R to Automate Survey Administration

Do you conduct surveys? If so, you likely know the pain of having to continually remind people to complete your survey? What if you could automate this process so that you don’t have to keep track of anything? In this video tutorial, I give an example of how you can use R to automate survey […]

A short overview of the grammar of graphics

One of the things I’ve had most trouble explaining to folks learning R is the grammar of graphics. It’s the theoretical underpinnings of the ggplot2 package, which is used to make all sorts of graphics. In general, I try to avoid being too theoretical in my courses and workshops, but the grammar of graphics is […]

My R Journey: Alex Michel

Alex Michel recently graduated from the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health in Portland, Oregon with a Master of Public Health. She’s worked in science communication and science writing for about 10 years and hopes to continue to use R to improve public access and engagement with research. Why did you decide to learn R? I first […]

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 […]