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.

“Do More with R” video tutorials

Get API data with R

Get API data with R

No R package for the API you want? It’s easy to write your own function with the httr and jsonlite packages.

How to write your own ggplot2 functions in R

How to write your own ggplot2 functions in R

You no longer have to worry about quoted and unquoted column names when using ggplot2, thanks to the latest version of the rlang package

How to use .SD in the R data.table package

How to use .SD in the R data.table package

See how to use data.table's special .SD symbol to perform calculations and other tasks by group

How to calculate month-over-month changes in R
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How to calculate month-over-month changes in R

See how to generate weekly and monthly reports in R including month-over-month, week-over-week, and year-over-year changes

How to Slack from R

How to Slack from R

See how to send text messages and files directly from an R script to Slack with the slackr package

How to send email from R and Gmail
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How to send email from R and Gmail

See how to automate sending email with the R language, a Gmail account, and the gmailr R package

How to use RStudio code snippets
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How to use RStudio code snippets

Save time by storing your best and most-used code in RStudio snippets

Turn an R Markdown document into an interactive experience
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Turn an R Markdown document into an interactive experience

Supercharge your R code's interactivity with R Markdown and runtime Shiny

Tidy eval in R: A simple example

Tidy eval in R: A simple example

Do you want to use ggplot2, dplyr, or other tidyverse functions in your own functions? This easy example shows how

How to write an R package

How to write an R package

R packages are great for organizing your own work, not only sharing with others. See how to create an R package in a few simple steps, thanks to packages like devtools, usethis, and roxygen2

How to run Python in R

How to run Python in R

Learn how to run Python code inside an R script using the reticulate R package

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