Sharon Machlis

Executive Editor, Online & Data Analytics

Sharon Machlis is Executive Editor, Online & Data Analytics at Computerworld, where she works on data journalism projects and in-house editor tools in addition to writing and editing. Her tech interests include data visualization and analysis as well as the intersection of journalism and technology. She holds an Extra class amateur radio license and is currently somewhat obsessed with R.

Great R packages for data import, wrangling and visualization

How to create an automatically updating Google spreadsheet

How to create an automatically updating Google spreadsheet

Tired of finding, copying and pasting data into spreadsheets? With just a few lines of code, you can set up a self-updating spreadsheet in Google Docs that fetches and stores data for you, as this Facebook example shows. Update: Due...

6 useful R functions you might not know

6 useful R functions you might not know

One of the best way to find cool, new-to-you R code is to see what other useRs have uncovered. So, I'm sharing a few of mine.

RStudio makes another high-profile hire

RStudio makes another high-profile hire

After Jenny Bryan and Max Kuhn joined the company last fall, Hadley Wickham told me he didn't plan to add to his team "in the near future." It looks like the near future has passed.

10 fun tech ads through the years

10 fun tech ads through the years

80 Mbytes of storage for less than $12,000! boasts one ad. In another, a woman in hot pants touts a modem that's "maybe even sexy." These were too much fun not to share.

Quick hands-on: Tableau adds shapefile, KML & GeoJSON imports for custom maps

Quick hands-on: Tableau adds shapefile, KML & GeoJSON imports for custom maps

You can now use your own geospatial files to create custom choropleth maps in Tableau.

Esri to kick off GIS DevSummit with live stream, new resources

Esri to kick off GIS DevSummit with live stream, new resources

The conference is aimed at developers who want to do robust geographical analysis and add geospatial capabilities to their apps.

Mapping in R just got a whole lot easier

Mapping in R just got a whole lot easier

Thanks to the R simple features project and packages like tmaps that support it, choropleth maps are now a breeze to create with R. I'll walk you through mapping median U.S. wages for IT managers. And don't miss the last step: A tiny...

Facebook releases 'Prophet' -- its free forecasting tools -- for Python and R

Facebook releases 'Prophet' -- its free forecasting tools -- for Python and R

Prophet is aimed specifically at business problems such as computer infrastructure capacity planning.

Create your own Slack bots -- and web APIs -- in R

Create your own Slack bots -- and web APIs -- in R

Make your own API and connect it to a Slack custom slash command -- all in R. This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to find a current stock price, but the basic framework can be used for all sorts of data.

Trump eyes end to an H-1B system that favors largest outsourcers

Trump eyes end to an H-1B system that favors largest outsourcers

The companies most hurt by the random H-1B distribution system are those that submit only a few applications. Many are smaller firms.

Trump's ban becomes an H-1B fight

Trump's ban becomes an H-1B fight

The U.S. technology industry warned President Donald Trump that his immigration order will hurt the U.S. economy by making it more difficult for businesses to attract overseas workers.

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