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Function of the day

Construct the path to a file from components in a platform-independent way.

Package of the day

This package implements a data structure similar to hashes in Perl and dictionaries in Python but with a purposefully R flavor. For objects of appreciable size, access using hashes outperforms native named lists and vectors.

Question of the day

On general request, a community wiki on producing latex tables in R. In this post I'll give an overview of the most commonly used packages and blogs with code for producing latex tables from less straight-forward objects. Please feel free to add any I missed, and/or give tips, hints and little tricks on how to produce nicely formatted latex tables with R.

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In case you missed the news last week, the R Consortium was announced. This new non-profit trade group will work with the R Foundation to support the R Community and the R Project generally. As you might expect, the announcement generated quite a bit of news in the press. Here are links to some of the coverage:
3 days 15 hours ago
Here's a quick quiz: what rule is behind the number sequence: 2, 4, 8? This New York Times interactive lets you try to solve the puzzle yourself, and you can also see members of the public try to solve the problem in the Veritasium video below. If you want to see what the answer is, proceed below the fold...
4 days 1 hour ago
The latest worldwide R user conference has just wrapped up in Aalborg, Denmark and useR! 2015 was the best yet. A hearty round of applause to the organizers for a smoothly run, informative and fun event. To the organizers of next year's event in the Stanford, California: the bar has been raised.

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The following list of data sources has been modified as of 3/18/14. Most of the data sets listed below are free, however, some are not.