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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Update on My Collaboration with the Census Bureau

In November I announced a new collaboration with the Census Bureau around data science training. Today I’d like to provide an update on this project. I recently presented a draft of my first course for this project internally and it was well received. The working title of this course is Mapping State ACS Data in […]

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R Programmers: What is your biggest problem when working with Census data?

A few weeks ago I announced my latest project: Data Science instruction at the Census Bureau. In addition to announcing the project, I also snuck a bit of market research into the post. I asked people the types of analyses they do when working with Census data. I also asked what packages they use when […]

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New Project: Data Science Instruction at the US Census Bureau!

Today I am delighted to announce an exciting new collaboration. I will be working with the US Census Bureau as a Data Science Instructor! Over the next six months I will be helping Census develop courses on using R to work with Census Data. These courses will be free and open to the public. People […]

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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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Meeting Titans of Open Data

The recent Association of Public Data Users (APDU) Conference gave me the opportunity to meet some people who have made tremendous contributions to the world of Open Data. Jon Sperling One of the most popular R packages I’ve published is choroplethrZip. This package contains the US Census Bureau’s Zip Code Tabulation Area (ZCTA) map, as […]

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