Episode 13: Interview With Yihui Xie

It’s an episode of firsts on the R-Podcast! In this episode recorded on location I had the honor and privilege of interviewing Yihui Xie, author of many innovative packages such as knitr and animation. Some of the topics we discussed include: Yihui’s motivation for creating knitr and some key new features, how markdown plays a key role in making reproducible research more accessible, and an innovative approach for publishing and maintaining reproducible statistical results online, and much more on this ‘lucky’ episode 13 of the R-Podcast!
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Show Notes

Resources mentioned during interview with Yihui

R Community Roundup

Package pick

  • Pandoc: Powerful and customizable document conversion

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Guests

Yihui Xie

Yihui Xie

Yihui Xie is a software engineer at RStudio. Yihui got his PhD from the Department of Statistics, Iowa State University. He is interested in interactive statistical graphics, statistical computing, and web applications. He is an active R user and the author of several R packages, such as animation, formatR, Rd2roxygen, and knitr, among which the animation package won the 2009 John M. Chambers Statistical Software Award (ASA). He is also the author of the books “Dynamic Documents with R and knitr” and “bookdown: Authoring Books and Technical Documents with R Markdown”. In 2006 he founded the “Capital of Statistics”, which has grown into a large online community on statistics in China. He initiated the first Chinese R conference in 2008 and has been organizing R conferences in China since then. During his PhD training at the Iowa State University, he won the Vince Sposito Statistical Computing Award (2011) and the Snedecor Award (2012) in the Department of Statistics.

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