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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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“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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New Version of ggplot2

I just received a note from Hadley Wickham that a new version of ggplot2 is scheduled to be submitted to CRAN on June 25. Here’s what choroplethr users need to know about this new version of ggplot2. Choroplethr Update Required The new version of ggplot2 introduces bugs into choroplethr. In particular, choroplethr does not pass […]

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My Proposal to the R Consortium

I recently submitted a Proposal to the R Consortium. I decided to share this proposal on my blog for two reasons: To raise awareness of an opportunity I see in the R ecosystem. To raise awareness of the R Consortium as a funding source for R projects. I first learned about the R Consortium when […]

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Update: “Difficult to Reproduce Choroplethr Bug” Isolated and Fixed

Yesterday I wrote that I’ve received a number of choroplethr bug reports recently that I simply cannot reproduce. Due to a large number of people replying with their system information, along with whether or not they were able to reproduce the bug, I was able to track it down. Thank you to everyone who helped! […]

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