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July 24, 2009


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I'm glad you liked the Triple J Hottest 100 charts. I've now followed it up with some charts based on the Guardian's "1000 songs to hear before you die" list. Again, light on analysis, but a bit of fun. As usual, everything is done using R.

This post makes a great point. Self-directed learning benefits greatly when you are interested in the topic at hand. However, do you have any recommendations for public data sets to start with for people who aren't in a position to have their own to work on but still want to learn R?

James: funny you should ask that, I've recently begun compiling a wiki page of publically available economics and finance data. In you have any interest in that sort of data, feel free to sign up to pworks (free) and help contribute.

Another good place to look around for interesting data is the Guardian's DataStore.

I should probably also add that many of the posts on my blog involves charts produced using R and publicly available data.

Totally agree with you! The best way to learn R is finding some funny data to examine. But it is sometime difficult...

That's sort of like saying the best way to learn to play an instrument is to get a piece and then learn the technique required to play each measure. Perhaps the best way to learn a language (on a reading level only) is to get a paper and translate each sentence. As you encounter each new point of grammar, you would then look it up and apply it in the context of translating yoru paper.

Yes, it's possible in theory. but some time spent with the fundamentals would be time well spent.

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