R Weekly 2017 Issue 10


R in the Real World

Gender gap in Swedish mortality

Success rates of appeals to the Supreme Court by Circuit

US Babyname Collisions 1880-2014

Mapping San Francisco home prices using R

How to create correlation network plots with corrr and ggraph

  • Disney Names - My goal is to analyse how frequency of names found among Disney female characters changed over time in the US.


R Internationally

R in Organizations


Giving a Thematic Touch to your Interactive Chart

Videos and Podcasts


New Packages and Tools

  • kableExtra - Construct Complex Table with knitr::kable() + pipe


  • ccafs – client for CCAFS General Circulation Models data

  • RSurvey - A geographic information system (GIS) graphical user interface (GUI) that provides data viewing, management, and analysis tools.

  • presidencyproject - Code to scrape and parse documents in The American Presidency Project

  • rcanvas - R Client for the Canvas LMS API

  • rperseus - R package to get primary texts from the Perseus Digital Library. English translations from the Greek and Latin available.

  • scimple - ➖➖➖🔶➖➖ Tidy Simultaneous Confidence Intervals for Multinomial Proportions

New Releases

  • forecast 8.0 - Forecasting Functions for Time Series and Linear Models

  • ggedit 0.1.1 - Shiny module to interactvely edit ggplots within Shiny applications

  • d3r 0.6.2 - d3.js helpers for R


R Project Updates

Updates from R Core:

  • grep(perl = TRUE) and friends set a maximal recursion limit, taking into account R’s estimate of the remaining C stack space. This reduces the chance of C stack overflow, but because it is conservative may return a non-match with a warning in examples that succeeded before.

  • The deprecated support for PCRE versions older than 8.20 will be removed in R 3.4.1. (Versions 8.20-8.31 will still be accepted but deprecated.)

  • getGraphicsEvent() now works on X11(type="cairo") devices. Thanks to Frederick Eaton (for reviving an earlier patch).

  • There is a new argument onIdle for getGraphicsEvent(), which allows an R function to be run whenever there are no pending graphics events. This is currently only supported on X11 devices. Thanks to Frederick Eaton.

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.

  • useR! 2017 July 4, 2017
    The annual useR! conference is the main meeting of the international R user and developer community.

More past events at R conferences & meetups.

Quotes of the Week