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acs v2.1.1 is now on CRAN

A new version of the acs package is now on CRAN. I recommend that all users of choroplethr update to this version. Here is how to do it: As a reminder, after updating the acs package you might need to reinstall your Census API key with ?api.key.install. New Performance Issue Internally, choroplethr uses the acs package […]

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Choroplethr v3.6.0 is now on CRAN

Choroplethr version 3.6.0 is now on CRAN. This version adds functionality for getting and mapping demographics of US Census Tracts. You can install it from the R console as follows: install.packages(“choroplethr”) packageVersion(“choroplethr”) [1] ‘3.6.0’ To use this functionality you will need an API key from the US Census Bureau. You can learn more about that […]

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Live Presentation: Kyle Walker on the tigris Package

Next Tuesday (April 4) at 9am PT I will be hosting a webinar with Kyle Walker about the tigris package in R. In addition to creating the Tigris package, Kyle is also a Professor of Geography at Texas Christian University. If you are interested in R, Mapping and US Census Geography then I encourage you to […]

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Upcoming Talk: 2017 ACS Data Users Conference

My abstract was recently accepted for the 2017 ACS Data Users Conference, and on May 12 I will be giving a talk titled Mapping ACS Data in R with Choroplethr. I am looking forward to attending the conference! For those who don’t know, ACS stands for American Community Survey. If you have taken Learn to Map Census Data in R, […]

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Slides from my Talk at the CDC

Two weeks ago I had the honor of giving a talk about my open source work at the CDC. Last week I gave the talk again as an open-enrollment webinar. In case you missed that talk, you can view the slides here. You can also download the slides by entering your email below. [content_upgrade cu_id=”5296″]Download […]

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Live Presentation: My Talk at the CDC

Last Thursday I had the honor of giving a talk about my open source work to the CDC’s R Users Group. A big thank you to the CDC for having me! As the creator of a software package that maps open data, it was wonderful to speak at the CDC: not only do they publish […]

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New Facebook Group: Profitable Portfolios Community

Today I am happy to announce a new Facebook group: The Profitable Portfolios Community. This group is anyone who wants to create a portfolio of data science projects. Creating a portfolio is one of the best things that I’ve done for my career: it’s allowed me to explore projects I care about in depth, and has connected […]

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Learn Shiny in an Afternoon!

Today I am happy to announce my newest course: Create a Census Explorer with Shiny and Choroplethr! To learn more, watch this video: Shiny has revolutionized the way that I view data analysis. Instead of creating a static report, I can now create a web app that lets users explore datasets on their own. Learning to create […]

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Want to learn how to make maps in R?

Once upon a time I wrote an open source package that makes it easy to create choropleth maps in R. I called the package choroplethr. Then I created a free email course to teach people how to use the software. That course is called Learn to Map Census Data in R, and has been taken by thousands […]

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Results from the R Shapefile Contest!

Today I am happy to announce the results from the R Shapefile Contest. The contest was an incredible success – there were 19 entries that covered a range of topics. Each entry was well thought out, and I encourage you to read each of them. Here are the entries, in order of submission: [content_upgrade cu_id=”3205″]Bonus: […]

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