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R Tip: Check What Repos You are Using

In a lot of our R writing we casually say “install from CRAN using install.packages(‘PKGNAME’)” or “update your packages by using update.packages(ask = FALSE, checkBuilt = TRUE) (and answering ‘no’ to all questions about compiling).” We recently became aware that for some users this isn’t complete advice.

Programming Over lm() in R

Here is simple modeling problem in R. We want to fit a linear model where the names of the data columns carrying the outcome to predict (y), the explanatory variables (x1, x2), and per-example row weights (wt) are given to us as string values in variables.

Data Manipulation Corner Cases

Let’s try some "ugly corner cases" for data manipulation in R. Corner cases are examples where the user might be running to the edge of where the package developer intended their package to work, and thus often where things can go wrong. Let’s see what happens when we try to […]

Very Non-Standard Calling in R

Our group has done a lot of work with non-standard calling conventions in R. Our tools work hard to eliminate non-standard calling (as is the purpose of wrapr::let()), or at least make it cleaner and more controllable (as is done in the wrapr dot pipe). And even so, we still […]

R Tip: Be Wary of “…”

R Tip: be wary of “…“. The following code example contains an easy error in using the R function unique(). vec1 <- c("a", "b", "c") vec2 <- c("c", "d") unique(vec1, vec2) # [1] "a" "b" "c" Notice none of the novel values from vec2 are present in the result. Our […]