How to Use Git/GitHub with R

Using Git and GitHub alongside RStudio has the power to revolutionize how you work in R. But getting everything set up can be a challenge. Join me as I walk through everything you need to do in order to use Git and GitHub alongside RStudio. But first, some background …

Parameterized Reporting with RMarkdown

Have you ever had to make a set of reports that all look alike? Perhaps you’re making one report for each school in your district. Doing this manually is, I probably don’t need to tell you, a huge pain. Fortunately, R has a solution to this problem: parameterized reporting. Parameterized reporting is

How to Keep Your R Packages Up to Date

A user who recently completed my Getting Started with R course sent me an email to ask a common question for those starting out with R: How do you keep your R software up to date? As far as I know, there are no automatic updates for R, RStudio and packages. And

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

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

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