Episode 22: Diving in to Drake With Will Landau

Posted on Sunday, Mar 26, 2017 | Category: Podcast
In this episode of the R-Podcast I have a conversation with my colleague Will Landau about his new R package drake that provides a powerful build system for analysis pipelines. In addition we have a fun R community roundup, listener feedback, and a couple of package picks to give you a gentle nod and a fun way to explore interpolation. If you have ideas for topics, questions, or other types of feedback, get in touch with me by heading over to the R-Podcast site at r-podcast.org, sending a note to thercast[at]gmail.com, or contacting me at @thercast on Twitter. As always thanks for tuning in and I hope you enjoy episode 22 of the R-Podcast!

Show Notes

R Community Roundup

Listener Feedback

Package Picks

  • remindR: In code text reminders to aid code development by Bert Gunter
  • fluidSpine: Htmlwidget that allows users to interact with locations of points on a plot by Jonathan Sidi (@yoniceedee)


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Music Credits


Will Landau

Will Landau

Will Landau is a research scientist in the life sciences industry. Will likes to solve scientific problems from a statistician’s perspective, and likes to build tools for data analysis. He develops and maintains some R packages on CRAN, including drake and downsize. Will is also a minimalist, a sailor (wind-powered, not military), a climber, a CrossFitter, and a martial artist.


Eric Nantz

Eric Nantz

Eric Nantz is a principal research scientist at a large life sciences company, creating innovative analytical pipelines and capabilities supporting study designs and analyses. Outside of his day job, Eric is passionate about connecting with the R community as the creator/host of the R-Podcast, Shiny Developer Series, and a curator / podcast host for the R Weekly project. Plus, he likes to share his adventures with R and general computing on Twitch livestreams at twitch.tv/rpodcast.