All posts by Ari Lamstein

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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“A Guide to Working With Census Data in R” is now Complete!

Two weeks ago I mentioned that I was clearing my calendar until I finished writing A Guide to Working with Census Data in R. Today I’m happy to announce that the Guide is complete! I even took out a special domain for the project: RCensusGuide.info. The Guide is designed to address two problems that people who […]

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Update on the R Consortium Census Working Group

It’s been a while since I shared any information about the R Consortium’s Census Working Group. Today I’d like to share an update on three projects which the group is involved in. The project which you might already be familiar with is the “Guide to Working with Census Data in R”. This is my survey […]

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Update on R Consortium Census Guide

As I mentioned in July, my proposal to the R Consortium to create a Guide to Working with Census Data in R was accepted. Today I’d like to share an update on the project. The proposal breaks the creation of the guide into four milestones. So far Logan Powell and I have completed two of those milestones: […]

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Notes from the 2018 APDU Conference

I recently attended the 2018 Association of Public Data Users (APDU) conference. This was my second time attending the conference, and I enjoyed learning more about how other people use federal statistics. Some of my favorite presentations were: Julia Lane on her experience teaching Big Data to social scientists and government workers. The Bureau of […]

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R Consortium Proposal Accepted!

Today I am happy to announce that my proposal to the R Consortium was accepted! I first announced that I was submitting a proposal back in March. As a reminder, the proposal has two distinct parts: Creating a guide to working with US Census data in R. Creating an R Consortium Working Group focused on […]

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