Learning R and Building Community

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Redfin Headquarters

1099 Stewart St #600 · Seattle, WA

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Redfin is located on the 6th floor.

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Mark your calendars! This month we will hear from 3 people about their pathways to learning R and the great community-building that happened along the way. Redfin has kindly offered to host us in their space in downtown Seattle.

* Stefanie Butland, Community Manager at rOpenSci
* Malisa Smith, Bioinformatician at University of Washington
* Pamela Moriarty, Data Scientist at zulily

Stefanie Butland:
I am the Community Manager for an organization of R practitioners...but I am not an R practitioner. For the first 1.5 years in my job, this was a feature, but lately it has felt more like a bug. In this talk I will introduce rOpenSci, our packages, and our system for transparent software peer review, and then share my story of starting to learn R by (not so) passive absorption of information and best practices from R-Ladies, rOpenSci, and the broader R world.

Malisa Smith:
Flow cytometry is commonly used by biologists to measure the abundance of specific molecules in millions of cells, while retaining information at the single-cell level. The resulting high-dimensional, high-throughput datasets have led to the development of unique software for analyzing flow cytometry data. I will talk about how I learned to use open source R packages for analyzing flow data, and I hope that my experience will help other people navigate the landscape of flow cytometry analysis tools and online software resources in general.

Pamela Moriarty:
My entry into the world of R, which also served as my introduction to coding, was headfirst and unplanned. While some aspects of my approach had advantages, it also made for a very...bumpy...road. Taking advantage of hindsight, I'll focus on how to make your path to learning R smoother than mine was.