It appears that just days ago, Google Tech Talk released a new, one hour long, video of a presentation (from June 6, 2011) made by one of R’s community more influential contributors, Hadley Wickham.
This seems to be one of the better talks to send a programmer friend who is interested in getting into R.
Data analysis, the process of converting data into knowledge, insight and understanding, is a critical part of statistics, but there’s surprisingly little research on it. In this talk I’ll introduce some of my recent work, including a model of data analysis. I’m a passionate advocate of programming that data analysis should be carried out using a programming language, and I’ll justify this by discussing some of the requirement of good data analysis (reproducibility, automation and communication). With these in mind, I’ll introduce you to a powerful set of tools for better understanding data: the statistical programming language R, and the ggplot2 domain specific language (DSL) for visualisation.
- Hadley’s homepage
- More talks/presentations by Hadley
- The ggplot2 book (sample chapters)
- GGplot2 on CRAN
- Hat (link) tip goes to my good, social media, internet and productivity researcher, friend Eyal Sela – for informing me about this talk.