Category Archives for Open Source

“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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New Version of Choroplethr.com!

Last year I decided to take out the domain Choroplethr.com. I used it to host information about Choroplethr, my suite of R packages for mapping demographic statistics. A year and a half later, I’ve made the first significant change to the site! The old version of Choroplethr.com was structured as a series of essays that […]

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Choroplethr v3.6.2 is now on CRAN

A new version of Choroplethr is now on CRAN! You can get it by typing the following from the R Console:

I encourage all Choroplethr users to install this new version! Overview A new version of ggplot2 will be released shortly. This new version of ggplot2 introduces many new features. These new features, however, […]

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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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Difficult to Reproduce Choroplethr Bug: Can You Help?

Since November 2017 I have received three bug reports from users who see this error when running any command in the choroplethr package:

Normally when someone reports a choroplethr bug that I cannot reproduce I recommend they do the following: Update to the latest version of R and RStudio. Type “update.packages(ask=FALSE)” to get the […]

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Free Software Foundation “Social Benefit” Award Nominations

Ezra Haber Glenn, the author of the acs package in R, recently posted about the Free Software Foundation’s “Social Benefit” Award on the acs mailing list: acs.R Community: The Free Software Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2017 “Project of Social Benefit Award,” presented to the project or team responsible for applying free software, […]

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Upcoming talk at the Association of Public Data Users (APDU) Conference

On Thursday, September 14th I will be giving a lightning talk at the Association of Public Data Users (APDU) Conference in Alexandria, Virginia. The talk will be on choroplethr, my suite of R packages for mapping open datasets. This talk is part of my effort to bridge the worlds of free analytical software (e.g. R) […]

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Recording of my Talk at the ACS Data Users Conference

I recently had the honor of speaking at the 2017 American Community Survey (ACS) Data Users Conference. My talk focused on choroplethr, the suite of R packages I’ve written for mapping open datasets in R. The ACS is the one of the main surveys that the US Census Bureau runs, and I was honored to […]

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