Age-graded track performance in #rstats – Carolina Godiva Track Club Part 2

Using Excel (.xls) files containing World Masters Athletics age-graded track tables on Howard Grubb’s website (, I have an R data frame that stores age-graded track performances for this year’s Carolina Godiva Track Club Summer Track Series track meets. These are all-ages, all-abilities races hand-timed by volunteers and often begun by our fearless, ear-protecting, honorable […]

Openxlsx column width setting using pmax() and apply() when “auto” truncates (#rstats)

I use the R package openxlsx, by Sydney’s Alexander Walker,  a few times per week. When professional stakeholders love Microsoft Excel, we give them the .XLSX workbooks that they seek. Using setColWidths (…, widths = “auto”)usually works to widen columns based on the values present in the workbook. However, I experienced earlier today a failure of this auto-widening feature. […]

Play by play: Updating documentation for RLadies meetupr package (A Github Experience)

[Mara Averick (@dataandme) of #DataScience Twitter fame is keynoting Analytics>Forward 2018 in Durham, North Carolina on March 10, 2018. I hope to see you there!] Introduction I call this series “Play by play” because unlike a tutorial, I am documenting most mistakes, success, and discoveries rather than designing this writing as an explicit guide. I aim this […] “YES” RSVP graphing (fun with httr package and RLadies meetupr)

Attending data science networking / training events consistently triggers me to learn stuff I otherwise would not have, regardless of what material is available online. The following use of R (#rstats) to download “YES” RSVPs  for the past four years’ Analytics Forward was greatly inspired by hearing RTP actuarial expert, Brian Fannin, present “Go Ape for […]