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The R-Podcast’s coverage of rstudio::conf 2019 wraps up in this episode, featuring a comprehensive conversation with RStudio software engineer Max Kuhn! We discuss his vision for the tidymodels ecosystem of modeling packages, lessons learned from continued development of the caret package, and candida advice for how the life sciences industry can utilize R effectively in new workflows. Plus I share some of my favorite gems from the excellent array of conference talks and posters. Thank you so much for listening and hope you enjoy this episode! Read More

Episode 7: Best Practices for Workflow Management

Posted on Monday, May 28, 2012

Hello everybody, I am finally back with a new episode! In this episode: Hardware issues, major update to RStudio, new forums, and discussion on managing your workflow for projects. I discuss useful functions for executing R scripts and saving/loading R objects for future sessions, and summarize different solutions for organizing R code based on task and via the ProjectTemplate package, along with the importance of version control. Please check out the new forums and let me know what you think! If you are interested in providing a listener tip about R, please call the voicemail hotline at +1-269-849-9780 or record a short mp3 or ogg audio clip and send it to theRcast(at)gmail.com . As always I welcome any other feedback you have. Thanks for listening! P.S. From our Google Plus page, Darren pointed out that I switched forward slashes with backward slashes in my discussion about file paths in Episode 6. Thanks Darren!

Episode 6: Importing Data from External Sources

Posted on Sunday, Apr 29, 2012

In this episode: Listener feedback and importing data from external sources into R. We dive into the basics of importing delimited textfiles using read.table and its varients. We also discuss recommendations for importing MS Excel spreadsheet files, relational databases such as MySQL, data from HTML tables, and files produced by other statistical computing packages. If you are interested in providing a listener tip about R in audio format, please call the voicemail hotline at +1-269-849-9780 or record a short mp3 or ogg audio clip and send it to theRcast(at)gmail.com . Hope you enjoy the episode!

Episode 5: Basic Package Management

Posted on Sunday, Apr 15, 2012

After a brief delay here’s episode 5 of the R-Podcast. In this episode: R 2.15.0 released, listener feedback, and discussion on basic package management. I discuss helpful resources for finding packages,installation procedures, and how to determine what packages are installed in your R system, among other considerations. If you are interested in providing a listener tip about R in audio format, please call the voicemail hotline at +1-269-849-9780 or record a short mp3 or ogg audio clip and send it to theRcast(at)gmail.com . Hope you enjoy the episode!

Episode 4: Data Structures - Introduction

Posted on Sunday, Mar 25, 2012

In this episode: Site updates, additional screencasts about R from other sites, listener feedback, and discussion on the fundamental data structures for R: vectors, matrices, lists, and data frames. The R code discussed in this episode is available in our GitHub repository, see the show notes for details. Leave us a voicemail a +1-269-849-9780, or send an email or audio comment to theRcast[at]gmail.com. Thanks for listening!

Episode 3: Basic Interaction with R

Posted on Sunday, Mar 11, 2012

In this episode: New versions of R and ggplot2 available, listener feedback, and an interactive session with R. The R code discussed in this episode will be available in our GitHub repository, see the show notes for details. There will be a companion screencast to accompany this episode which will be posted shortly. As always, please provide your feedback via email or audio comment to theRcast[at]gmail.com or leave us a voicemail at 1-269-849-9780.