R Weekly 2017-18 OpenVisConf, 100k stories mining, emo😘


R in the Real World

Perceptions of Probability and Numbers

Using pandoc from R + A Neat Package For Reading Subtitles

Population Lines: How and Why I Created It

Creating an animated world map of life expectancy changes from 1950 to 2100 in R

The daily grind

Videos and Podcasts


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Which are the popular languages for Data Science

R in Organizations

New Packages

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  • emo - πŸ˜πŸ˜˜πŸ˜™πŸ˜šπŸ˜» Easily insert emoji into RMarkdown

  • errors - Error Propagation for R Vectors

  • greta - Fast and easy statistical modelling in R

  • aws.s3 - Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) API Client

  • flexdashboard-poster - Minimal template for preparing a conference poster using rmarkdown


  • twidlr - data.frame-first formula-second modelling



Order Type and Parameter Optimization in quantstrat

More cartograms of New Zealand census data (district and city level)!

Hacking maps with ggplot2

Package Releases

  • RcppTOML 0.1.3 - TOML is a configuration file grammar for humans.

  • plotly 4.6.0 - Create interactive web graphics from R via plotly’s JavaScript graphing library

R Project Updates

Updates from R Core:

  • file.mtime() no longer returns NA on Windows when the file or directory is being used by another process.

  • New askYesNo() function and "askYesNo" option to ask the user binary response questions in a customizable but consistent way.

  • Vignettes listed in .Rbuildignore were not being ignored properly.

  • tempdir(check=TRUE) recreates the tmpdir() if it is no longer valid.

  • R CMD Sweave again returns status = 0 on successful completion.

  • installed.packages() on Windows would fail when file.mtime() (?) returned NA.

Upcoming Events

  • R/Finance 2017 May 19 and 20, 2017
    From the inaugural conference in 2009, the annual R/Finance conference in Chicago has become the primary meeting for academics and practioners interested in using R in Finance.

  • R in Insurance 2017 June 8, 2017
    This one-day conference will focus on applications in insurance and actuarial science that use R, the lingua franca for statistical computation.

  • CSAMA 2017 June 11 - 16, 2017
    Statistical Data Analysis for Genome-Scale Biology teaches statistical and computational analysis of multi-omics studies in biology and biomedicine. Practical hands-on exercises are based on the R / Bioconductor environment.

  • angletR 2017 June 28 - 30, 2017
    angletR aims to provide a national forum to exchange and share ideas on the use of R in different subjects such as visualisation, applied statistics, biostatistics and bioinformatics, Bayesian statistics, data analysis, Big Data, modelling, machine learning, high performance computing, etc.

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