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Base R vs the tidyverse


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The tidyverse is a set of R packages that have become extremely popular in recent years. Instead of adding functionality as packages often do, they provide an alternative grammar to most of the Base R functions in an easier, more predictable, and more consistent fashion. This workshop provides an overview of the tidyverse, and some of the key differences between Base R and the tidyverse. 

By the end of the workshop you will be able to:

  • find valuable open resources to learn R with the tidyverse   
  • use tibbles and explain their differences with classic data frames
  • use the pipe function

Participants need to bring a laptop with R and RStudio installed, and the latest version of the tidyverse package. Download R from and install the tidyverse package by running install.packages("tidyverse") in R.

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