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Using world economic data to learn R and Tableau

I decided I needed to up my game in data analysis. These days, knowing Stata and SAS just don’t seem to be where it’s at. In so many job descriptions, employers want to see that you have some exposure and proficiency in R and Tableau. Well, I get that.

I teach and learn on the regular. I’m interested in returning to teaching at the college level and would like to expose my students to these analysis packages, so I need to learn them myself. After going to the Tableau site to see how much it was going to set me back, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it could be free for students and teachers. I need to look into that. For now, I am starting with the free trial. I plan to start it right after I finish this introductory post.

First, I need some really good and interesting data. So, I went to the United Nations Development Programme’s Human Development Reports Data tab and downloaded some data. You can do the same! Here’s the link: http://hdr.undp.org/en/data

It comes to you as an excel file. You’ll get the HDI rank for each country from 1990 through 2017. If you don’t know what that is, you can learn about it here: http://hdr.undp.org/en/content/human-development-index-hdi

Next step: import into R. Or,maybe clean it up, then put it into R…

I did a quick search and found a good article at DataCamp about importing from excel to R: https://www.datacamp.com/community/tutorials/r-tutorial-read-excel-into-r

Now I’m going to do that and add more to this post later…..