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Let's meetup for an informal get-together to establish the group

Let's get together to establish the group and sketch out ideas for future meet ups.

Things to think about:

- Locations for future meetings. Ideally some where with a screen and projector.

- When and how often we'd like to meet. Once a month? Every 3rd Thursday?

- Presentation ideas and themed meetings. We'll need volunteers to present (even just for a few minutes). Some other groups give their meetings a theme, so that presentations are on a similar topic.


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  • Chris L.

    Is it possible to become an 'R Jesus' in a mere 30 days?

    June 3, 2014

    • Ellis V.

      Hey Chris, this is a great question. My answer is: it depends. For most people, I would say probably not – although it is possible to learn a lot about R in 30 days. I suppose if someone had a strong background in statistics and other programming languages (e.g. Python, C) and put in some time and effort, then he/she could become a strong R programmer quickly. I know we have a lot of newcomers to R, so am going to post a discussion page with resources for getting started.

      June 3, 2014

    • Milan S.

      I think having some programming background is very helpful for learning R (as opposed to SAS) - R control structures are pretty familiar - really C like.

      June 27, 2014

  • Chris L.

    Ellis, I'm under no illusions about R's steep learning curve. My first attempt to conquer its treacherous slopes was inconclusive, at best.

    June 3, 2014

  • Jeff S.

    Came across this link to create your own R package, either for keeping your own functions together for easier reuse, or to share with others. Haven't tried to do this, but it looks very straightforward.

    http://hilaryparker.com/2014/04/29/writing-an-r-package-from-scratch/

    June 26, 2014

  • mike

    great!

    June 24, 2014

  • Thomas K.

    If anybody is looking to get oriented to R, I found this tutorial http://cran.r-project.org/doc/contrib/Torfs+Brauer-Short-R-Intro.pdf to be supremely helpful. Short and to the point. It's Windows-y when talking about installing, paths, etc., but that's a minor quibble.

    1 · June 19, 2014

  • Thomas K.

    Great meeting tonight! I'm looking forward to the July gathering and hope that I can both learn from and contribute to the group.

    By the way, since it came up tonight, here's some more info on Nerd Nite - http://annarbor.nerdnite.com/

    June 19, 2014

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