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Field Guide to the R Ecosystem

R data structures for Excel users
Introducing yourself to R as an Excel user can be tricky, especially when…

12 Days of ChaRtmas
As everyone has already checked out for the rest of the year, I’m going to mess around with R to the tune of The Twelve Days of Christmas and nobody can stop me.

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How to Make a State Map Grid with Small Multiples in R
Combining small multiples with the grid layout can make for an intuitive geographic reference.

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Compact Ways to Visualize Distributions in R
For when you want to show or compare several distributions but don’t have a lot of space.

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Getting Started with Network Graphs in R
Add the vertices. Connect them with edges. Repeat as necessary.

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How to Make (and Animate) a Circular Time Series Plot in R
Also known as a polar plot, it is usually not the better option over a standard line chart, but in select cases the method can be useful to show cyclical patterns.

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How to Make a Semicircle Plot in R
It’s the half cousin of the bubble plot with less overlap and more straight edges.

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How to Make a State Grid Map in R
Something of a cross between a reference table and a map, the state grid provides equal space to each state and a semblance of the country to quickly pick out individual states.

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How to Make Animated Line Charts in R
Sometimes it’s useful to animate the multiple lines instead of showing them all at once.

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How to Make a Multiline Step Chart in R
For the times your data represents immediate changes in value.

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Symbolsbased Unit Charts to Show Counts in R
Add visual weight by using individual items to show counts.

R programming with Minecraft
The new R package miner is an interface to Minecraft via some simple…

Introducing a Course for Mapping in R
Mapping geographic data in R can be tricky, because there are so many…

Scrabble data and analysis
Looking for some data to play with? James P. Curley compiled Scrabble data…

Easily download largeish survey datasets
Many government organizations release microdata for surveys every year. It comes as anonymized…

R for Excel users
For Excel users getting started with R, pain oftentimes finds its way into…

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How to Edit R Charts in Adobe Illustrator
A detailed guide for R users who want to polish their charts in the popular graphic design app for readability and aesthetics.

Now over 10,000 packages in R
There are a lot of R packages, which is why before I implement…

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How to Make an Animated Map in R, Part 4
In the the last part of the fourpart series, you make a longer animation with more data and annotate.