Web scraping is one of the most useful and least understood methods for journalists to gather data. It’s the thing that helps you when, in your online research, you come across information that qualifies as data, but does not have a handy “Download” button. Here’s your guide on how to get started — without any coding necessary.
Data structures in R are quite different from most programming languages. Understanding them is a necessity, because they define the way you’ll work with your data. Problems in understanding data structures will probably also produce problems in your code.
In this crash course section, we’ll talk about importing all sorts of data into R and installing fancy new packages. Also, we’ll learn to know our way around the workspace.
Your workspace in R is like the desk you work at. It’s where all the data, defined variables and other objects you’re currently working with are stored. Like with a desk, you might want to clean it every once in a while and throw out stuff you don’t need any more. There’s a few useful commands to help you do that. Take a look and try them out: