LA East R Users: Teaching ggplot2 with the Periodic Table & Working with YAML

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Talk 1:
Speaker: Donna Wrublewski, CCE & BBE Librarian at Caltech (@CaltechChemLib)
Title: Teaching ggplot2 with the Periodic Table

Abstract:
This talk will walk the audience through an R Markdown notebook designed to give students familiar with R an introduction to making plots with ggplot2. The notebook uses the PeriodicTable package, and takes learners through making a few kinds of plots using the data in the package. Background on the lesson development and the Carpentry program at Caltech (based on https://carpentries.org/) will also be briefly discussed.

Talk 2:
Speaker: Malcolm Barrett, Ph.D. student in Epidemiology at USC (@malco_barrett)
Title: The YAML problem: Writing and working with YAML with ymlthis

Abstract:
R Markdown is an easy-to-learn tool for reproducible research. Many people, however, bump into problems using YAML, the language that specifies metadata for R Markdown documents. ymlthis makes it easy to write valid YAML by handling the syntax and documenting the majority of YAML fields in one place. ymlthis will help you write metadata for R Markdown, bookdown, blogdown, and more. Let the Shiny add-in create a new R Markdown file for you or work with YAML and R Markdown files directly. ymlthis finally gives you a workflow that is better than trying to find and paste the YAML from the last R Markdown document you used.

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