Exploring the Demographics of US Congressional Districts in R

I recently created a few datasets to facilitate analyzing the interaction between demographics and political party affiliations of US Congressional Districts. My goal was to create this graph: I added this data to Choroplethr and pushed the new version to CRAN. This post walks you through using these datasets, the analysis I did, and the […]

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Choroplethr v3.6.4 is now on CRAN (and the Future of Choroplethr)

Choroplethr v3.6.4 is now on CRAN. This is the first update to the package in two years, and was necessary because of a recent change to the tigris package, which choroplethr uses to make Census Tract maps. I also took this opportunity to add new example demographic data for Census Tracts. Quick Demo The first […]

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Using Python to Cheat at Scrabble

My New Year’s Resolution was to learn Python. After taking a few online courses, I became comfortable enough with the language to tackle a small side project. Side projects are great for learning a language because they let you “own” a project from start to finish as well as solve a problem that is of […]

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Free Training: Mastering Data Structures in R

Next week I will be delivering a free online R training. This is a new course I’ve created called Mastering Data Structures in R. This course is for you if:You are new to R, and want a rigorous introduction to R as a programming languageYou know how to analyze data in R, but want to […]

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Behind the Scenes of an R Consortium Project

Next Tuesday (September 3) I will be giving a talk at the Bay Area R User Group titled¬†Behind the Scenes of an R Consortium Project. This will be my first time speaking about my work with the R Consortium, and I encourage you to attend! Over the last few years the R Consortium has emerged […]

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Notes on Becoming an RStudio Certified Trainer

I recently became an RStudio Certified Trainer, and thought that it might interest the broader R Community to learn about this new program. For those who don’t know, RStudio has recently put together a process to independently verify that R trainers (a) are proficient with the Tidyverse and (b) know modern teaching pedagogy. Certified trainers […]

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New Resource for Learning Choroplethr

Last week I had the honor of giving a 1 hour talk about Choroplethr at a private company. When this company reached out to me about speaking there, I originally planned to give the same talk I gave at CDC two years ago. But as I reviewed the CDC talk, I realized two things: My […]

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Bug when Creating Reference Maps with Choroplethr

Last week the Census Bureau published a free course I created on using Choroplethr to map US Census Data. Unfortunately, a few people have reported problems when following one of the examples in the course. This post describes that issues and provides instructions for working around it. Where does the bug occur? The bug occurs […]

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New Free R Course on Census.gov!

Today I am happy to announce that a new free course on Choroplethr – Mapping Census Bureau Data in R with Choroplethr¬†– is available on Census Academy, the US Census Bureau’s new training platform! (Choroplethr is a suite of R packages I created for mapping demographic statistics).This course is a more in-depth version of Learn […]

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Free Course: Help Your Team Learn R!

Today I am happy to announce a new free course: Help Your Team Learn R! Over the last few years I’ve helped a number of data teams train their analysts to use R. At each company there was a skilled R user who was leading the team’s effort to adopt R. Each of these internal […]

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