R Weekly 2017-28 UseR! 2017


UseR! 2017


R in the Real World

Reproduce and animate the Wall Street Journal measles vaccination incidence chart using R

R in Academia

Videos and Podcasts

  • NSSD 42 - One Piece PJs - Hilary and Roger discuss the paradigm-shifting Echo Show, whether we need explainable AI or not, and how lessons from DevOps could be useful in analysis development.

R in Organizations


New Packages

๐Ÿ“ฆ Go Live for More New Pkgs ๐Ÿ“ฆ

  • mindr - R package which converts markdown files into mindmaps


  • shinysense - A bunch of shiny modules that let shiny sense the world around it.

  • shiny.collections - Google Docs-like live collaboration in Shiny

  • aargh - Easily Expose R Functions to Command Line Arguments.

  • fcuk - A package designed to help people with clumsy fingers

A package designed to help people with clumsy fingers

  • ggplot2 explorer - undestand how to use the most popular vizualization package ggplot2.

  • auk - eBird Data Extraction and Processing

Package Releases

R Internationally


Family violence and economic deprivation in New Zealand

Accelerating ggplot2: use a canvas to speed up rendering plots

Gist & Cookbook

R Project Updates

Updates from R Core:

  • CRAN Policy Change new rev3695

  • regexec(pattern, text, *) now also applies as.character(.) to its first two arguments, as documented.

  • The list method of within() gets an option keepAttrs = FALSE for speed up.

  • system and system2 now allow to specify a timeout (this feature is currently experimental and subject to change).

  • The version of LAPACK included in the sources has been updated to 3.7.1, a bug-fix release.

  • write.table() and related functions, writeLines(), and perhaps other functions writing text to connections did not signal errors when the writes failed, e.g. due to a disk being full. (PR#17243)

  • debug() supports debugging of methods on any "genericFunction", including group generics.

  • The default for tools::write_PACKAGES(rds_compress=) has been changed to "xz" to match the compression used by CRAN.

Upcoming Events

  • useR! 2018 July 10, 2018
    The annual useR! conference is the main meeting of the international R user and developer community.

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