R in Africa


R is used around the world and yet, in English-speaking media at least, we tend to hear most about what is happening in North America, Europe, and Australasia. So we would like to highlight some recent initiatives in the R community from other regions of the world, with this first post in the series focusing on R in Africa.


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Girls Coding Workshop, Melbourne


The first girls R coding workshop was held at the Kathleen Symes library in Melbourne, Nov Oct 28, 2017. The girls learned about tidy data concepts, wrangling data tools, and built a shiny app to explore standardised test data from the 2015 OECD Programme for International Student Achievement. One of the apps developed can be viewed at https://t.co/zlw3HGzOaR. And we had lamingtons, upside down R cupcakes (R downunder) for morning tea, and pizzas for lunch.

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useRs Participation in the R Community


In our first and second posts on the useR! 2016 survey we discussed the responses from the demographic and programming sections. The main findings were: The useR! 2016 attendees were predominantly men, typically under 40, White/Caucasian and employed full-time. Women attendees tended to be younger, with less programming experience and lower involvement in package development. Most useRs had a generally positive view of R, finding it fun to use, but women were less likely than men to code recreationally.

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useRs Relationship with R


In our first post on the useR! 2016 survey we discussed the responses from the demographic section, finding in particular that: The useR! 2016 attendees were predominately men, typically under 40, White/Caucasian and employed full-time. Women attendees tended to be younger and less advanced in their careers. Non-Asian minority races and LGBT individuals were under-represented. Approximately a quarter of attendees were caregivers. We now turn to look at useRs relationship with R: what experience do they have in using R and what do they think of R?

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Emily Robinson, from Social Scientist to Data Scientist

Maëlle Salmon, a Forwards collaborator, got the chance to interview Emily Robinson, who recently became a data analyst at Etsy. A very inspiring R-Lady!


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