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Decade of Data: Celebrating 10 Years of Innovation at the New York R Conference

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Come celebrate 10 YEARS of the New York R Conference! This year’s conference takes place May 16th & 17th with workshops May 15th. We are taking a trip down memory lane and looking back over the past nine years. Come listen to some of the all-time greats who will be gracing our stage once again, and we’re also adding some fresh and exciting new voices to the mix!

This year’s conference features an a-list lineup of speakers who will be sharing their expertise on a wide range of topics, including data visualization, machine learning, programming, AI and more.

Speakers include:

And more will be announced soon!

There are also interactive workshops available to sharpen your skills and learn new techniques.

Workshops include:

Use promo code RSTATS20 for 20% off conference & workshop tickets (in-person & virtual). To secure your spot and learn more about the speaker lineup and workshops, visit

Also, follow @rstatsai on Twitter to stay up to date with all conference details. 

Be a part of this extraordinary opportunity to acquire new skills, foster growth, and connect with the data science community.

EARL Early Bird Tickets Are Now Available!

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Contributed by Abbie Brookes, Senior Data Analyst at Datacove

Datacove is pleased to announce the availability of tickets for the upcoming EARL (Enterprise Applications of the R Language) conference. 

The EARL conference is a cross-sector event that will be held at the Grand Hotel in Brighton. This venue promises to provide attendees with a blend of Victorian elegance and modern conference facilities over three days, from the 3rd to the 5th of September 2024. The conference schedule includes high-quality workshops on the first day (3rd September) and two days of presentations and talks (4th – 5th September). An evening networking event is planned for the 4th of September at the British Airways i360 venue, offering attendees the opportunity to connect with peers and speakers in a relaxed setting.

We are offering tickets at a reduced early bird rate. Additionally, we provide discounts for government employees, NHS staff, charity workers, academics, and those making bulk purchases. For more detailed information on ticket pricing and discounts, contact Abbie Brookes at

The EARL conference draws attendees from across the globe and from a variety of sectors. Previous participants have included notable organizations such as The Dogs Trust, BBC, Microsoft, Swiss RE, Posit, Sainsburys, and Bupa.  

This year’s keynote speakers include:

Professor Andy Field, known for his contributions to statistics education
Christel Swift, a senior data scientist at the BBC
Hadley Wickham, a key figure in the R community and author of the Tidyverse

In addition to the main conference, a selection of pre-conference workshops will be available, offering in-depth training opportunities. For more information on the conference venue, schedule, and registration, please visit our website. We invite you to join us for what promises to be an informative and engaging event for the R and Python communities

R/Medicine Coming June 10-14, 2024 – Call for Abstracts Open – Keynotes Announced

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The R/Medicine conference provides a forum for sharing R based tools and approaches used to analyze and gain insights from health data. Conference workshops provide a way to learn and develop your R skills. Midweek demos allow you to try out new R packages and tools, and our hackathon provides an opportunity to learn how to develop new R tools. The conference talks share new packages, and successes in analyzing health, laboratory, and clinical data with R and Shiny with a vigorous ongoing discussion with speakers (with pre-recorded talks) in the chat.

Register now!

Stephanie Hicks

Statistical Challenges in Single-Cell and Spatial Transcriptomics

Thursday, June 13


Stephanie Hicks, PhD, MA and Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Biostatistics at Johns Hopkins University, is an applied statistician working at the intersection of genomics and biomedical data science.

Gundula Bosch

Reproducibility in Medical Research

Friday, June 14


Gundula Bosch, PhD, MEd ’16, MS, is a scientist and educator leading global education reform through training programs in critical, broad, and interdisciplinary scientific thinking. She is the director of the R3 Center for Innovation and Science Education at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

Keynote Addresses

Call for Abstracts

R/Medicine is seeking abstracts for:

  • Lightning talks (10 min, Thursday, June 13, or Friday, June 14) Can pre-record so that you can be live on chat to answer questions
  • Regular talks (20 min, Thursday, June 13, or Friday, June 14) Can pre-record so that you can be live on chat to answer questions
  • Demos (1 hour demo of an approach or a package, Wednesday, June 12) Done live, preferably interactive
  • Workshops (2-3 hours per topic, Monday, June 10, or Tuesday June 11, usually with a website and a repo, participants can choose to code along. Usual 5-10 min breaks each hour.
  • Posters for poster session on Wednesday, June 12. Can include live demos of an app or a package.

Confirmed Workshops (Monday, June 10, and Tues, June 11)

Note: Final dates and times TBD. More workshops being added. Check the R/Medicine website for updates.

  • Causal Inference with R – Lucy D’Agostino and Malcolm Barrett
  • Tidying your REDCap data with REDCap Tidier – Stephan Kadauke and Will Beasley
  • Next Generation Shiny apps with bslib – Garrick Aden-Buie

Register here!

The R/Medicine website is being updated as we receive the latest information. Please check in again soon!

Unlocking Financial Insights: Join Us at the R Finance Conference

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Are you ready to delve into the world of finance through the lens of R? Look no further than the R Finance Conference (May 18, 2024,  University of Illinois Chicago) – your gateway to cutting-edge insights, advanced methodologies, and unparalleled networking opportunities. As an enthusiast of data-driven finance or an R programming aficionado, this single-track, one-day event promises to be an enlightening experience. R Finance is the must-attend event in the realm of financial technology.

Registrations are now open! Register here. 

A Glimpse into History

Founded in 2009, the R Finance Conference quickly evolved into the premier event in the financial technology landscape. Originating from the shared enthusiasm of R users in the Chicago financial center, a group of loosely connected enthusiasts was seeking to improve financial analysis. From its humble beginnings to its current stature, it remains committed to fostering knowledge exchange and driving advancements in R-based finance.

Why Choose a Single-Track Event?

One distinctive feature of the R Finance Conference is its single-track format. Unlike multi-track conferences, where attendees must choose between concurrent sessions, a single-track event offers a shared group experience. Single track offers:

Focused Learning:

Attendees can fully immerse themselves in each session without the distraction of conflicting schedules. This focused approach enhances learning and ensures that participants extract maximum value from every presentation.

Enhanced Networking:

The single-track format encourages interaction among attendees as everyone gathers in the same sessions. This facilitates meaningful discussions, idea exchange, and networking opportunities with like-minded professionals, fostering a sense of community and collaboration.

Comprehensive Coverage:

By following a single track, attendees gain exposure to a diverse range of topics and perspectives within the realm of R-based finance. From quantitative modeling and algorithmic trading to risk management and data visualization, each session contributes to a holistic understanding of the subject matter.

Key Highlights of R Finance Conference

  • Expert Speakers: Renowned experts and thought leaders in finance and data science share their insights, best practices, and real-world experiences. In 2022, speakers included Matthew Dixon, Associate Professor, Department of Applied Math and Affiliate Professor, Stuart School of Business, Illinois Tech; Veronika Rockova, Professor of Econometrics and Statistics, University of Chicago, Booth School of Business and James S. Kemper Foundation Faculty Scholar; and Thomas P. Harte, Head of Fixed Income & Liquidity Strats at Morgan StanleyInteractive Workshops: Hands-on workshops provide attendees with practical skills and techniques to implement R-based solutions in their professional endeavors.
  • Networking Opportunities: Engage with industry peers, establish valuable connections, and exchange ideas during networking breaks, social events, and interactive sessions.
  • Exhibition Showcase: Explore cutting-edge technologies, tools, and services offered by exhibitors and sponsors, offering valuable insights into the latest innovations in financial technology.

Join Us at R Finance 2024

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to elevate your finance skills and network with industry leaders at the R Finance Conference 2024. Reserve your spot today and embark on a transformative journey in R-based finance.

For more information and registration, visit R Finance Conference.

Register now!

Join our R/Medicine Webinar: Quarto for Reproducible Medical Manuscripts

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Join the R Consortium for an enlightening webinar on March 20th, 2024, at 4:00 PM ET, featuring Mine Cetinkaya-Rundel, Professor of the Practice of Statistical Science at Duke University. Discover the innovative Quarto tool to streamline the creation of reproducible, publication-ready manuscripts.

Register here!

Key Highlights:

  • Quarto Manuscripts Introduction: Learn how to easily integrate reproducibility into your research with Quarto’s user-friendly features, creating comprehensive bundled outputs ready for journal submission.
  • Interactive Demo: Witness a live demonstration of Quarto in action, showcasing how to enhance your current manuscript preparation process and address common challenges.
  • Expert Guidance: Gain insights from Mine Cetinkaya-Rundel’s extensive experience in statistical science and reproducible research, offering valuable tips for improving your workflow.

Event Details:

When: March 20th, 2024, at 4:00 PM ET

Don’t miss this opportunity to refine your manuscript preparation process with the latest advancements in reproducibility technology.

Register now!

From Vision to Action: Pfizer’s R Adoption Odyssey – Join the Webinar on February 8, 2024

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In the rapidly evolving sphere of pharmaceutical data analysis, a significant transition is taking place – the shift from traditional SAS to the versatile R programming language. Pfizer, a trailblazer in the pharmaceutical industry, is leading this change. We are excited to invite you to an exclusive webinar that will cover details about how Pfizer has succeeded and what the benefits are: “From Vision to Action: The Pfizer R Center of Excellence-led Journey to R Adoption,” scheduled for February 8th, 2024, at 3:00 pm ET.

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Pfizer’s Progressive Shift to R:

At the heart of Pfizer’s data analysis revolution is the adoption of R – a language known for its robust community-driven development and open-source nature. This move is not just about changing tools; it’s about embracing a culture of innovation and collaboration.

The journey began with an internal query at Pfizer: How many of our colleagues are proficient in R? The answer led to the unveiling of a latent community of R users, eager yet unconnected. In 2022, an internal survey highlighted the presence of over 1,500 R users, a clear sign of a burgeoning community within Pfizer.

In response, Pfizer established the R Center of Excellence (CoE) in 2022. This initiative marked a shift from scattered individual efforts to a cohesive, strategic approach to R adoption. The CoE, celebrating its first anniversary in 2023, has become a linchpin in nurturing Pfizer’s vibrant R community.

Webinar Highlights:

This upcoming webinar, hosted by the R consortium, is more than just a case study. It’s a treasure trove of insights for fostering an engaged R community. The session will cover:

  • Pfizer’s journey in building a robust R community.
  • Practical strategies applicable across various industries.
  • Understanding the critical role of an engaged R community in data analysis.

Join Us for the Webinar:

This is an unmissable opportunity for anyone interested in data science, R programming, or community building within large organizations. By attending this webinar, you will gain firsthand insights into how Pfizer successfully integrated R into its data analysis practices and how you can apply these learnings to your organization.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from Pfizer’s experience and expertise. Register now for the webinar on February 8, 2024, at 3:00 pm ET and be a part of the conversation shaping the future of pharmaceutical data analysis.

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Harness the Power of R for Survival Analysis: Join Our {ggsurvfit} Webinar!

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Hello, Data Enthusiasts!

Are you ready to take your data visualization skills to the next level in the fascinating world of survival analysis? We’re thrilled to invite you to our exclusive webinar: “Visualizing Survival Data with the {ggsurvfit} R Package.” Mark your calendars for January 25, 2024, at 7:00 PM Eastern Time (ET)!

Register here! 

Why This Webinar is a Must-Attend

The {ggsurvfit} package is designed for both beginners and seasoned data scientists. It streamlines the process of generating publication-quality, time-to-event, or survival analysis graphs. And the best part? It’s built on the backbone of the beloved {ggplot2} package, marrying simplicity with sophistication.

What You Will Learn

Our interactive session will dive deep into how the {ggsurvfit} functions, like add_confidence_interval() and add_risktable(), seamlessly integrate as {ggplot2} ‘geoms.’ This means you can spruce up your plots using the familiar {ggplot2} toolkit sans the headache of mastering new coding syntax.

It’s not just about learning a new tool – it’s about enriching your data storytelling capabilities.

The Perks of Joining

  • Interactive Learning: Engage with experts and peers in an interactive online setting.
  • Skill Enhancement: Elevate your data visualization prowess, specifically in survival analysis.
  • Network Building: Connect with fellow data enthusiasts and professionals from diverse fields.

Register Now! 

See you there, where data meets innovation!

New R/Insurance Webinar Series: The Journey from Excel to High-Performance Programming in R

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The actuarial profession is on the cusp of a transformation spearheaded by integrating programming into the traditional spreadsheet-based workflow. Georgios Bakoloukas, Head Model and Analytics, Swiss Re and Benedikt Schamberger, Head Atelier Technology & AI Consulting, Swiss Re, are at the forefront of this paradigm shift. 

This blog encapsulates 4 upcoming webinars showcasing the journey from Excel to high-performance programming in R. The webinars are scheduled to be broadcast in January 2024, and you can participate directly. Beginners are welcome.

Webinars by Georgios Bakoloukas:

  1. From Excel to Programming in R

            Date: January 10th, 2023

            Duration: 30 minutes

Georgios will introduce a compelling case for why actuaries should embrace R programming while continuing to use Excel. The session promises to demystify the transition, using insurance industry examples, to demonstrate the benefits of adopting a programming mindset alongside familiar spreadsheet computing.

  1. Putting R into Production

            Date: January 17th, 2023

            Duration: 30 minutes

The follow-up webinar takes the discussion from solving problems in R to sharing these solutions. Georgios will cover documentation, testing, and dissemination using R’s packaging, Web API creation, and GUI generation through Shiny. This practical approach ensures that coding efforts are not siloed but add value across the organization.

Webinars by Benedikt Schamberger:

  1. R Performance Culture

            Date: January 24th, 2023

            Duration: 30 minutes

Benedikt will address the nuances of optimizing code performance in R. Acknowledging that premature optimization might be detrimental, he will provide insights into when and how to refine code. The session includes a look at R’s design philosophy regarding performance and the tools available for tuning.

  1. High-Performance Programming in R

            Date: January 31st, 2023

            Duration: 30 minutes

Continuing the performance theme, Benedikt will delve into the limitations of CSV files and introduce binary formats that bolster efficiency. He will explore the arrow R package and the Parquet file format, demonstrating their potential to reduce time and disk space requirements significantly.


These webinars offer a roadmap for actuarial professionals keen on enhancing their toolkit with programming capabilities. As the industry evolves, the skills taught by Georgios and Benedikt will become increasingly indispensable, marking a step towards a more innovative and efficient actuarial future.

Please join us to learn more about actuarial science here.

Webinar: Use of R in Japan’s Pharma Industry

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The use of the R programming language has seen exponential growth across industries, with its role being especially pronounced in the pharmaceutical sector. Japan stands out in this growth narrative, thanks in part to the initiatives of the Japan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (JPMA). Before diving into the webinar insights, understanding JPMA’s profound influence and contributions is essential.

About JPMA

Established in 1968, JPMA is a voluntary consortium of 71 research-centric pharmaceutical firms. With its core mission of “realizing patient-oriented healthcare,” JPMA has tirelessly worked towards enhancing global healthcare through the formulation of pioneering ethical drugs.

Summary of the Webinar’s Concept

The Adoption of R in Japan’s Pharma Industry talk and panel discussion will be led by key industry experts from the JPMA R Task Force Team. The webinar explores the usage and adoption of the R in the pharmaceutical industry, specifically focusing on the findings of the JPMA Drug Evaluation Committee, R Task Force Team, and the JPMA Report. The report references various open source works and publications, including those from the R Consortium pilot submissions, Package Validation Hub, and webinar training.

Agenda of the Webinar:

  • General Background (10-15 minutes)
    • PMDA: Highlighting the intricacies of submissions with R.
    • JPMA R Task Force: Delving into past activities and shedding light on future initiatives.
  • JPMA Survey Report (15-20 minutes)
    • Background: Understanding the rationale and motivation behind the JPMA survey.
    • Results: Discuss key findings and their implications for the industry.
  • Q&A Session (15 minutes)

Date and Time: Tues, Jan 9, 2024 at 9:00 am JST / Jan 8, 2024 at 4:00 pm PT / 7:00 pm ET


Under the auspices of JPMA’s guiding principles, the webinar will present a comprehensive glimpse into R’s evolving role in Japan’s pharmaceutical landscape. The dedication of JPMA, combined with the increasing relevance of R, signifies an exciting chapter in the pharmaceutical domain’s data-driven journey.

Join the JPMA webinar to learn more about R’s pharmaceutical achievements! 

Register here!

R Validation Hub: Wrapping up 2023 and Welcoming 2024!

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Join us on November 28th for our last Community meeting of 2023. The R Validation Hub’s Executive Committee will summarize this year’s achievements, our presence at conferences and other key moments to celebrate.


  • Looking Back on 2023 (20 minutes): Review the year’s highlights, including conferences and working group summaries.
  • Focus of the Reg R Repo Working Group (20 minutes): Insights into the group’s initiatives and achievements.
  • Open Discussion (20 minutes): An interactive session for feedback and community engagement.


Don’t miss this opportunity to reflect on 2023 and contribute to shaping our direction for 2024. Join us for a session filled with insights, networking, and community spirit.

Join the community call! (Microsoft Teams meeting)