How to keep yourself updated with the latest R news?

R is evolving rapidly and new code are implemented everyday. See how to keep up to date with the latest R news through several twitter feeds and newsletters.

Antoine Soetewey

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Photo by Nijwam Swargiary

Introduction

At the end of one of the training sessions I gave on R, a student asked me the following question:

How do you keep yourself updated with the latest R news?

It is true that R, being open source (meaning that everyone can contribute), is evolving rapidly. This means that even if I am using R for several years and on a daily basis, I like to stay informed in order to stay up to date with the program and the latest coding practices.

In fact, I learn about new packages, new functions and new features almost everyday. Most of them are not particularly useful for my research or my teaching tasks, but sometimes I discover such a nice package or function that I replace my code with new one.1

The training was an advanced one, so the student had a good knowledge of R and was not looking for more tutorials or courses. She was interested in knowing where to look for updates about current and new R packages and functions.

After sharing my sources with all students following the training, I thought it would be useful to others. In this article, I share my sources — from where I get the latest R updates and news. The sources are divided into two main categories: Twitter and newsletters.

How do I keep track?

Twitter

To be honest, I mostly use Twitter to keep up to date with R news.

Twitter allows me to follow discussions about statistical methods or approaches, and to keep me informed about publications of new blog posts.

What I particularly like with Twitter is that there is a mix between:

  • short messages about new functions or packages (most of the time with an illustration or an example), and
  • announcements of new blog posts that cover specific subjects in details.

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Antoine Soetewey

PhD researcher and teaching assistant in statistics at UCLouvain. Interested in statistics, R, and making them accessible to everyone. Author of statsandr.com.