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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A “Pre-Training” R Survey

Recently I’ve been working with a client to help their analysts improve their proficiency with R. A major challenge in engagements like this is figuring out the needs of the analysts, as well as their general attitude to the training. To address this I created a “Pre Training Survey” to use with my client. The […]

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Datasets for Building a Data Analysis Portfolio

I recently had the pleasure of attending the 2017 Association of Public Data Users (APDU) Conference. My favorite part of the conference was talking to people who work with federal data on a daily basis. Overall I found people to be passionate about their work and eager to share information about it. I know many of […]

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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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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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Upcoming Talk at the Bay Area R Users Group (BARUG)

Next Tuesday (August 8) I will be giving a talk at the Bay Area R Users Group (BARUG). The talk is titled Beyond Popularity: Monetizing R Packages. Here is an abstract of the talk: This talk will cover my initial foray into monetizing an open source R package. In 2015, a year after publishing the initial […]

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