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Mapping Geographic Data Using R

R is a powerful, open source statistics package, essential for the modern data scientist. R also comes with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) packages to allow users to interact with geographic data. This allows for seamless integration of statistical analysis, data visualization, and any spatially-dependent analysis of data. I will introduce the basics of how to use these packages and interact with common data types.

Topics will include:

• How to download and access shape files and raster files-Different types of files (e.g. shape file and a raster file)

• How to plot geographic data nicely

• How to alter, save, and create data files

• How to combine with demographic data

I'm trying to keep this fairly basic, but let me know if there are particular topics you'd like to see covered.

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  • B. H.

    The talk was a great introduction to geodata using R. I enjoyed it.

    December 16, 2013

  • Amol

    Couldnt make it in traffic from the eastside, but would be interested in the slides n demo

    December 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can't make it, sprained my foot.

    December 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    That's my wife's b-day. See ya next time.

    December 12, 2013

  • Nathalie S.

    Nice, that's also going to be much closer for me :)

    1 · December 4, 2013

  • Solbrig

    We have a location! Tableau, my employer, has agreed to host the meeting. Sorry that it is far from Bellevue, but it's going to be a lot easier for me. Also, the Tableau head quarters are really cool. I'll post more information later in the week. Looking forward to seeing you all!

    1 · December 4, 2013

  • Solbrig

    My qualifications: In my master's thesis I was exploring the mathematical aspects of gerrymandering, so I use R to analyze congressional districts and implement automatic redistricting algorithms. I had a lot of fun learning how to use these packages, and thought it would make a good tutorial. As an instructor, I also spent the past 2 years working as a TA while earning my master's degree, and before that I spent 2 years as the training supervisor at the Reed Research Reactor.

    November 30, 2013

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