Sharon Machlis

Executive Editor, Data & Analytics

Sharon Machlis is Director of Editorial Data & Analytics at IDG, where she works on analyzing data (both for IDG Enterprise Web sites and 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. Her book Practical R for Mass Communication and Journalism was published in December 2018.

Great R packages for data import, wrangling and visualization

DataCamp CEO steps down indefinitely in wake of 'inappropriate behavior'

DataCamp CEO steps down indefinitely in wake of 'inappropriate behavior'

Following an uproar in the R community over what was seen as an inadequate response by the company — including increasing calls to avoid the platform — the CEO and its board spoke out today.

R community blasts DataCamp response to exec's 'inappropriate behavior'

R community blasts DataCamp response to exec's 'inappropriate behavior'

RStudio, satRdays, and some instructors themselves are cutting ties with the online education company because they say DataCamp's response to the incident has been inadequate.

4 data wrangling tasks in R for advanced beginners

4 data wrangling tasks in R for advanced beginners

R is mighty, but it can be complex for data tasks. Learn how to get summaries, sort and do other tasks with relative ease. (Now updated with dplyr examples.)

Google will shut down Fusion Tables

Google will shut down Fusion Tables

After more than a decade in service, Google's easy-to-use cloud visualization service is being shuttered.

Useful R functions you might not know

Useful R functions you might not know

One of the best way to find cool, new-to-you R functions is to see what other useRs have uncovered. Here are some of mine -- and yours.

Top R language resources to improve your data skills

Top R language resources to improve your data skills

From books to videos to online tutorials -- most free! -- here are plenty of ideas to burnish your R knowledge.

These R packages import sports, weather, stock data and more

These R packages import sports, weather, stock data and more

Want to look at salary trends? Check a stock's price history? Look at the performance of your favorite sports team? Here's how to easily pull publicly available data into R.

RStudio cloud service in the works?

RStudio cloud service in the works?

An official RStudio cloud service appears to be under development

Create maps in R in 10 (fairly) easy steps

Create maps in R in 10 (fairly) easy steps

Use the R programming language to turn location-based data into interactive maps

Bonus downloads: How to make color-coded thematic maps in R

These files will help you follow our R language tutorial, "How to create maps with R in 10 (fairly) easy steps."

Beginner's guide to R: Syntax quirks you'll want to know

Beginner's guide to R: Syntax quirks you'll want to know

Why x=3 doesn't always mean what you think it should, about data types and more.

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