Chapter 2 of Data Visualization walks you through setting up an R Project, and takes advantage of R Studio’s support for RMarkdown templates. That is, once you’ve created your project in R Studio, can choose File > New File > R Markdown, like this:
And then choose “From Template” on the left side of the dialog box that pops up, and select the “Data Visualization Notes” option on the right:
Unfortunately, this option isn’t showing up for some users, due to a now-fixed error in the
socviz library. If you run
install_github("kjhealy/socviz") again from the console, you will get the newer version that fixes this issue.
There’s also an alternative and very quick way to get a project and notes files up and running. From the console, first make sure the
socviz package is loaded:
Then, do this:
This will copy and unzip a folder to your Desktop containing an R project with a set of Rmarkdown files that are ready to be used to take notes with. You’ll get a message that looks something like this:
Copied dataviz_course_notes.zip to /Users/kjhealy/Desktop and expanded it into /Users/kjhealy/Desktop/dataviz_course_notes
Your user name will most likely be different, and the destination shown may be different also depending on what kind of computer you are using.
Once it has been created, you can navigate to that
dataviz_course_notes folder and open it. Inside will be a
dataviz folder that looks like this:
Double-click on the
dataviz.Rproj file and you should be good to go.
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