7th Biennial ACSPRI Social Science Methodology Conference

Survey research datasets and R
2020-12-01, 15:00–16:30, Zoom Breakout Room 1

Although R began as a specialist statistical programming language, the R ecosystem has grown wildly over the past few years making it a viable general-purpose research environment across the whole research lifecycle.

Survey research datasets come from a diverse range of sources, often containing richer metadata than your average data frame. This workshop provides a practical demonstration of several packages for accessing and working with survey data, associated metadata and official statistics in R.

We will demonstrate:

  • Working with external data sources from common statistical packages (SPSS, SAS, Stata, Excel) and their quirks

  • Easily working with categorical data in R with the “labelled” R package

  • Accessing external databases in an R native way using DBI and dbplyr

  • Accessing publicly accessible data in R scripts via the web

  • Resources for accessing official statistics data in R

Participants should have a basic working knowledge of R to follow along with examples, but beginners are also welcome.

Accompanying notes:

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