Making the leap from Excel to R

  • Event: 2019 CAR Conference
  • Speaker: MaryJo Webster of Star Tribune
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Mar. 7 at 11:30am
  • Location: Salon C
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R might sound intimidating because it’s a programming language, but you might be surprised to learn that the leap from Excel to R isn’t as big as you might think, thanks to the RStudio interface and lots of simple-to-use R packages. We’ll go through the pros and cons between the two software tools and give you tips on how to make the transition as smooth as possible, should you decide to go that route. This will be for those who are comfortable in Excel but have no experience with R and would just like to get a taste of it before diving into a hands-on class.

Speaker Bios

  • MaryJo has been data editor at the Star Tribune in Minneapolis for five years. Previously, she had stints with the St. Paul Pioneer Press, USA Today, Digital First Media and Investigative Reporters and Editors. She started her career as a reporter at small papers in Minnesota and Wisconsin. @MaryJoWebster

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