About Joseph Rickert

Joseph Rickert, RStudio’s “Ambassador at Large” for all things R, is the chief editor of the R Views blog. He works with the rest of the RStudio team and the R Consortium to promote open source activities, the R language and the R Community. Joseph also represents RStudio on the R Consortium board of directors.

January New Data Packages

by Joseph Rickert As forecast, the number of R packages hosted on CRAN exceeded 10,000 in January. Dirk Eddelbuettel, who tracks what's happening on CRAN with his CRANberries site, called hurricaneexposure the 10,000th package in a tweet on January 27th. hurricaneexposure was one of two hundred and six new packages that arrived on CRAN in [...]

Some Notes on the Cauchy Distribution

by Joseph Rickert I have always been attracted to the capricious. So, it was no surprise that I fell for the Cauchy distribution at first sight. I had never seen such unpredictability! You might say that every distribution has its moments of unpredictability, but the great charm of Cauchy is that it has no moments. [...]

Three Tips for Training Excel Users in R

by Merav Yuravlivker, CEO of Data Society “I’m not a coder” or “I was never good at math” is a frequent refrain I hear when I ask professionals about their data analysis skills. Through popular culture and stereotypes, most people who don’t have a background in programming automatically underestimate their ability to create amazing things [...]

The R Formula Method: The Good Parts

by Max Kuhn Introduction The formula interface to symbolically specify blocks of data is ubiquitous in R. It is commonly used to generate design matrices for modeling function (e.g. lm). In traditional linear model statistics, the design matrix is the two-dimensional representation of the predictor set where instances of data are in rows and variable [...]

Introducing sparklyr to the Madrid R User Group

by Carlos Ortega In the last meeting of 2016, the 40th in Madrid’s R Users Group five-year history, we had the opportunity to listen (via Skype) to a very interesting talk by Javier Luraschi, the main author of the package sparklyr. In our previous meeting, a colleague of the Community (José Luis Cañadas) made a [...]

Some R News

by Joseph Rickert Here are a few things of some interest in the R world: The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation has joined the R Consortium! This is a very positive development for the R Consortium and the R Community in general. The Moore Foundation has been a positive force for supporting technology that can [...]

December 2016 Package Picks

by Joseph Rickert Last month, 217 new packages were submitted to CRAN. By my count this was the highest monthly value recorded for the past nine years. Below, are brief descriptions of fifty-two of these new-for-December packages grouped into six categories: Data, Data Science, Financial Analysis, Statistics, Utilities and Visualizations. The Financial Analysis category is [...]

10,000 CRAN Packages

by Joseph Rickert The R package system continues to expand as the number of packages on CRAN is about to blow through the 10,000 mark sometime soon. This is astonishing! Not only are new packages arriving at a rate of about 190 per month, but CRAN itself continues to tick along like a well-oiled machine, [...]

Interview with Joe Cheng

by Joseph Rickert Recently, I had the opportunity to interview RStudio’s Joe Cheng. Joe, the inventor and lead developer for Shiny, was the first person that J.J. Allaire invited to join the RStudio IDE project. We talked about those early days, how Shiny got started, Joe’s background as a software developer, his take on the [...]

Get Ready for RStudio::Conf

by Joseph Rickert The 2017 R Conference season will get off to an early start on January 13th and 14th with RStudio::Conf 2017 in Orlando, Florida. The schedule promises an intense but collegial experience with plenty of hands-on practice working with R and the RStudio tool chain of packages and products. To prepare for the [...]

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