Reproducible Research and Reports with R Markdown
How to Streamline Your Reporting Workflow in R
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: May 2016
Run time: 2 hours 9 minutes

R Markdown does three main things pretty close to magic. First, it lets you make a completely reproducible, parameter-set and automatable R report. Second, it lets you export that report into a multitude of formats (HTML, Word, .js slide show, interactive web app, etc.). Third, it does the first two things really fast. Wishing for a way to document your code so it still makes sense to you or somebody else six months down the road? Presto! R Markdown does that. Hoping for a button you could click to reproduce your entire analysis with a new data set or parameter? Shazaam! R Markdown does that. Sick of having to copy and paste your results? Poof! R Markdown takes the pain away. If you’re an analyst, scientist, actuary, statistician, or a programmer familiar with R, you should add this package to your bag of tricks.

  • Learn to create parameter-set reports that are fully reproducible and automatable
  • Master knitr – the syntax used to embed R code and other languages into reports
  • Discover how to export reports into HTML, PDF, Word or .js slideshows
  • Learn techniques that improve the look of tables, slides, and visual themes in reports
  • Combine R Markdown and Shiny to create interactive reports that update in real time
  • Speed up your mastery of R Markdown using the R Markdown cheatsheet

Garrett Grolemund is a Data Scientist with RStudio, one of the largest contributors of content and software related to the open source R language. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Shiny development center at shiny.rstudio.com. He wrote the popular lubridate R package; the R focused O'Reilly Media titles Hands-On Programming with R, R for Data Science (co-author), and Expert Data Wrangling with R.

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5.0

Good kick start using R Markdown

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    Comments about oreilly Reproducible Research and Reports with R Markdown:

    If you want to begin getting up to speed using R Markdown this is a must have video. Having applied the lessons in the video to a work project, it took a few hours to build my first report. The next report completed in minutes using the first report as a template.

     
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    Good, but currently a little rough

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      Comments about oreilly Reproducible Research and Reports with R Markdown:

      As usual with Grolemund's videos, this one was full of valuable information that can be put to use right away. And the course clearly presents the hows and whys of Rmarkdown, which is (mostly) a joy to use.

      I have the feeling that this course was rushed to publication, though. Here are some of the problems I encountered:
      -Not a problem with the course per se, but on my system (and apparently at least some others), knitr version 1.13 doesn't process the code chunks correctly. This, of course, makes R markdown documents considerably less interesting. The fix I found after some googling is to revert to knitr version 1.12. I know this is a temporary problem, but it wasn't an auspicious beginning.
      -Possibly there is something I don't understand, but on my system, if you "knit" the document before saving it for the first time, the original R markdown source goes away and is replaced by the knitted source (HTML or whatever.) This seems to have bitten some of the files in the exercises and demo directories supplied by O'Reilly--they are knitted HTML rather than Rmarkdown source. This should really be fixed.
      -Some useful information (say, about how to make breaks for slides when headers alone won't do) wasn't quite complete.

      Despite these issues, though, I learned a lot. If you are willing to do a small amount of research on your own when things don't work as expected, I definitely recommend this course.

       
      4.0

      Great overview of creating reproducible reports

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          Comments about oreilly Reproducible Research and Reports with R Markdown:

          We have started to use RMarkdown to submit reports at University and this is an excellent overview.

          I had started to use RMarkdown a few weeks ago but nothing beats proper instruction on the ins and outs of how to use it properly. Unlike the other reviewer I found easily the instructors github account and his example files.

          Great for people who are regularly writing reports or presentations using R and looking for a way for these docs to be dynamic and update when the data or analysis updates or changes.

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