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In praise of syntactic sugar

There has been some talk of adding native pipe notation to R (for example here, here, and here). And even a tidyeval/rlang pipe here. I think a critical aspect of such an extension would be to treat such a notation as syntactic sugar and not insist such a pipe match […]

Evolving R Tools and Practices

One of the distinctive features of the R platform is how explicit and user controllable everything is. This allows the style of use of R to evolve fairly rapidly. I will discuss this and end with some new notations, methods, and tools I am nominating for inclusion into your view […]

magrittr’s Doppelgänger

R picked up a nifty way to organize sequential calculations in May of 2014: magrittr by Stefan Milton Bache and Hadley Wickham. magrittr is now quite popular and also has become the backbone of current dplyr practice. If you read my last article on assignment carefully you may have noticed […]