using R

Importing fixed-width files with {palmerpenguins}

Gentoo penguins in Antarctica, walking along a “penguin highway”, a path that joins the sea and their nesting area on a rocky outcrop. Who doesn’t like penguins? They have a quirky charm, and are an amazing demonstration of the power of evolution: they fly but only underwater, and are adapted to thrive in some of the harshest climates on Earth. The {palmerpenguins} R package contains data collected at the Palmer Station on Anvers Island in the Antarctic.

Data Science with R

An incomplete compendium of resources that cover data science topics.

Same name, different bird

Originally posted to, 2019-06-02 What do we mean when we see a bird and say that it’s a robin? A simple description would be a small brownish bird with a red breast. But that’s a superficial description, and when we say “robin” what we mean depends on your location; you don’t have to look very closely to see that the European and American robins are fundamentally different. The European robin (Erithacus rubecula, pictured above) is an Old World flycatcher, catching insects on the wing.

Overcoming gravity & achieving escape velocity

Before BC Stats could start using R, significant enablers in the operating environment had to be in place.

Data analytics using R—The BC Stats experience (so far)

An overview of why and how BC Stats has been using R.