SimpleR tricks and tools

Prof Rob J Hyndman has used R and its predecessors (S and S+) almost every working day (and some weekends) for the past 25 years. He thought it might be helpful to discuss some of what he has learned and the tricks and tools that he uses. Topics to be discussed will possibly include:

  • Finding the right R function or package. With more than 4000 R packages now on CRAN, it can be hard to find what you want.
  • Getting R help
  • Debugging R functions
  • R style guides
  • Making good use of Rprofiles.
  • Having a good R workflow
  • Version control facilities
  • Using R with LaTeX (without using sweave or knitr)
  • Turning functions into packages

Rob J Hyndman is Professor of Statistics at Monash  University and Director of the Monash University Business and Economic Forecasting Unit. He completed a science degree at the University of Melbourne in 1988 and a PhD on nonlinear time series modelling at the same university in 1992. He has worked at the University of Melbourne, Colorado State University, the Australian National University and Monash University. Rob is Editor-in-Chief of the “International Journal of Forecasting” and a Director of the International Institute of Forecasters. He has written over 100 research papers in statistical science. In 2007, he received the Moran medal from the Australian Academy of Science for his contributions to statistical research. Rob is co-author of the well-known textbook “Forecasting: methods and applications” (Wiley, 3rd  ed., 1998) and of the book “Forecasting with exponential smoothing: the state space approach” (Springer, 2008). He is also the author of the widely-used “forecast” package for R. For over 25 years, Rob has maintained an active consulting practice, assisting hundreds of companies and organizations on forecasting problems. His recent consulting work has involved forecasting electricity demand, tourism demand and the Australian government health budget.  More information is available on his website at robjhyndman.com.

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  • Rob H.

    My slides are now available at http://robjhyndman.com/research...­

    November 21, 2012

  • Surinder

    Thanks Rob, I enjoyed your talk yesterday. It was quite informative for me. Thanks again.

    November 21, 2012

  • Daniel M.

    This was habit forming. Very useful stuff for any level of expertise.

    November 20, 2012

  • John

    I don't think there will be enough room for 101 people.

    November 15, 2012

    • Jeromy A.

      Hi John, based on past experience , the room should be fine. We've always had spare seats. We have a very large room. Also 101 RSVPs does not mean 101 attendees. Presumably, given the free nature of these events and the time between RSVPing and attending, attendance for 100 RSVPs is between 40 and 70.

      November 15, 2012

  • Tommy O.

    Hi all! I'll be over from Perth for the Stephen Few course that's on Mon-Wed that week, and what luck, you guys are having an R meetup! Are any of you guys and gals also going to be at the Few course? Guess I'll find out soon!

    November 12, 2012

    • Yuval M.

      Hi Tommy, I reckon you're going to be our first WA attendee! Unfortunately I can't make it but I'm sure the rest of the group will make you feel welcome! Sounds like you're going to have a very full-on few days here (pardon the pun). There's also an IAPA event on the Wednesday night that week that you might like to go to (unfortunately can't make it to that either...) Details here:
      http://www.iapa.org.a...­

      November 13, 2012

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