How to Evaluate R Packages

One of the challenges for people learning R is this: there are often many ways to accomplish the same goal. This is, of course, also a benefit (if you don’t like the first approach, just try another one!). But when you’re just starting out and don’t have much experience with R, multiple solutions to a […]

Using Word Reference Documents with RMarkdown to Create Custom Reports

Defaults are the worst. See this plot? If you see a plot that looks like this, you know two things: It’s made with ggplot The person who made it didn’t even take the time to change any of the defaults Don’t settle for defaults! It’s one of the messages I discuss throughout the data visualization […]

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 […]

Data Cleaning Tips in R

I recently came across a set of data cleaning tips in Excel from EvaluATE, which provides support for people looking to improve their evaluation practice. As I looked through the tips, I realized that I could show how to do each of the five tips listed in the document in R. Many people come to […]