## 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 […]

## R Tip: use isTRUE()

R Tip: use isTRUE(). A lot of R functions are type unstable, which means they return different types or classes depending on details of their values. For example consider all.equal(), it returns the logical value TRUE when the items being compared are equal: all.equal(1:3, c(1, 2, 3)) # [1] TRUE […]

## R Tip: Use Slices

R tip: use slices. R has a very powerful array slicing ability that allows for some very slick data processing.

## Neglected R Super Functions

R has a lot of under-appreciated super powerful functions. I list a few of our favorites below. Atlas, carrying the sky. Royal Palace (Paleis op de Dam), Amsterdam. Photo: Dominik Bartsch, CC some rights reserved.

## R Tip: Think in Terms of Values

R tip: first organize your tasks in terms of data, values, and desired transformation of values, not initially in terms of concrete functions or code. I know I write a lot about coding in R. But it is in the service of supporting statistics, analysis, predictive analytics, and data science. […]

## R Tip: Use Named Vectors to Re-Map Values

Here is an R tip. Want to re-map a column of values? Use a named vector as the mapping.

## R Tip: Use let() to Re-Map Names

Another R tip. Need to replace a name in some R code or make R code re-usable? Use wrapr::let().

## R Tip: Use stringsAsFactors = FALSE

R tip: use stringsAsFactors = FALSE. R often uses a concept of factors to re-encode strings. This can be too early and too aggressive. Sometimes a string is just a string. It is often claimed Sigmund Freud said “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.”

## R Tip: Use the vtreat Package For Data Preparation

If you are working with predictive modeling or machine learning in R this is the R tip that is going to save you the most time and deliver the biggest improvement in your results. R Tip: Use the vtreat package for data preparation in predictive analytics and machine learning projects. […]