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Jenny Bryan: How to find the business end of an R package and improve it

September 14, 2017 @ 6:30 pm UTC+0

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It can be hard to make your first contribution to open source software. Both for technical and social reasons. This will be a very hands-on session where we learn a bit about the moving parts in an R package and how the R community conducts itself on GitHub. We’ll poke around some popular R packages on GitHub and go over how to create a high quality issue, e.g. a feature request or bug report. We’ll walk through the process of bringing a package into your local environment, making a small change, and sending a pull request. You’re encouraged to bring a laptop that’s ready for work with R, RStudio, Git, and GitHub (basically this: 


). If that’s too daunting, don’t be discouraged. Come as you are and you can watch me and a friendly neighbor walk through the steps.

Speaker: Jenny Bryan

Bio: Jenny is a recovering biostatistician who takes special delight in eliminating the small agonies of data analysis. Specific tools and mental models can make it easier for a data analyst to settle into a productive, alpha-to-omega workflow. She’s been using R/S for over 20 years and is an Ordinary Member of the R Foundation. Jenny is working as a developer for RStudio and is Associate Professor of Statistics (on leave) at the University of British Columbia. She serves in the leadership of rOpenSci and Forwards.

Venue: Room TBC

Sponsor: TBD (want to sponsor this meetup? Contact us!)


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September 14, 2017
6:30 pm
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St Mary’s Campus, Paddington – Imperial College London
Norfolk Place, W2 1PG
London, GB


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