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# R for the Rest of Us Blog

## What’s New in R: April 15, 2024

Welcome to this week’s edition of ​What’s New in R ​! This week, we’re featuring a video on how a professional baseball team uses R, a package to convert form Google Docs to Quarto, and an analysis that shows R’s continued popularity. Let’s dive in! How Major League Teams use R to Analyze Baseball Data If you’ve ever wanted to get a peek behind the curtain and see how an organization uses R, this is a great video! Keith Woolner, principal data scientist for the Cleveland Guardians, shows how...

## How to separate a single column into multiple ones

Every now and then it happens that a lot of information is crunched into one column. For example, take a look at this data about board games from tidyTuesday . Notice how the column of boardgamecategory contains a lot of labels. These labels represent all of the different categories a board game can fall into. Now, if we wanted to visualize the most popular board game categories, we might make a chart like this: But the question becomes: How do we count the board game categories if all of...

## What's New in R: April 8, 2024

Welcome to this week’s edition of ​What’s New in R ​! This week, we’re featuring a guide to integrating Tableau and Quarto, an interview with Camila Saez, and tips on making attractive PDFs from Quarto. Let’s dive in! R to Tableau, then show it in Quarto One of the benefits of Quarto is that it can work with many different tools. If you’ve ever wanted to embed a Tableau dashboard into your Quarto, you can! This tutorial by Gregers Kjerulf Dubrow shows how he uses R to source and clean data,...

## How to Use the Scales Package in R for European-style Number Formatting

Hello, my European friends! Ever read the number 123.45 (formatted in the American style where the period is the decimal point) and wish you could easily convert this to a European-style 123,45 (where the comma is the decimal point). You can! In this R in 2 Minutes video, I show you how to use the scales package in R for European-style number formatting.

## What's New in R: April 1, 2024

Welcome to this week’s edition of ​What’s New in R ​! This week, we’re featuring tips to make interactive data viz without Shiny, recordings of talks from one of the biggest R events of the years, and some great materials on Quarto. Let’s dive in! Creating interactive visualizations with {ggiraph} (with or without Shiny) When people think interactive data viz in R, they often think Shiny. While Shiny can be great in certain cases, it’s not always necessary to make your charts interactive. In...

## Let the {styler} package help you reformat your code

The tidyverse style guide offers many helpful suggestions for how to write your code. Of course, the style guide is very opinionated as all style guides usually are. Still, in our R courses we try to adhere to the tidyverse style guide as much as possible because we believe that this makes for pretty legible code. Now, even as seasoned tidyverse users, we sometimes mess up our code structure. This is just a normal thing that happenes to everyone. So to save some time trying to fix the...

## What's New in R: March 25, 2024

Welcome to this week’s edition of ​What’s New in R ​! This week, we’re featuring a book that collects R books (so meta), a set of workshop materials on making your own R package, and a presentation of making. Your code more beautiful. Let’s dive in! Big Book of R at 400 Read More → R package workshop There are many benefits to making your own R package. But making a package is complicated. There are some great resources out there: the R Packages book by Hadley Wickham and Jenny Bryan is...

## R for the Rest of Us Podcast Episode 13: Ahmadou Dicko

In this episode, I talk with Ahmadou Dicko, a statistician based in Senegal working with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Ahmadou shares insights on utilizing data-driven approaches to address development obstacles, especially within humanitarian settings. He explores the innovative packages and strategies developed by his team using R for data management, analysis, and communication. Among these innovations is robotoolbox , an extensive R package designed for...

## What's New in R: March 18, 2024

Welcome to this week’s edition of ​What’s New in R ​! This week, we’re featuring a tutorial on making beautiful maps to print, a book on the fundamentals of telling stories with data, and examples of how to automate data quality checks. Let’s dive in! Making Circular Maps in ggplot I love when people use R to make things in real life. That’s exactly what Meghan Harris did last year, when she created a map for her best friend’s wedding. In this blog post, she goes step-by-step through the...

## How to know if your data is tidy

One of the most frequent questions we get when we teach R is “How do I know if my data is in a tidy format?” Rightfully so. Tidy data is a powerful concept and I remember asking myself the exact same questions when I first learned about tidy data. So to help you answer this question, let me give you an answer to this question that eventually helped me and made my life easier. But beware: You might find the answer a little bit unintuitive at first. Forget about tidy data Yup, that’s right....