R Markdown: Integrating A Reproducible Analysis Tool into Introductory Statistics

Journal Article

Nolan and Temple Lang argue that "the ability to express statistical computations is an essential skill." A key related capacity is the ability to conduct and present data analysis in a way that another person can understand and replicate. The copy-and-paste workflow that is an artifact of antiquated user-interface design makes reproducibility of statistical analysis more difficult, especially as data become increasingly complex and statistical methods become increasingly sophisticated. R Markdown is a new technology that makes creating fully-reproducible statistical analysis simple and painless. It provides a solution suitable not only for cutting edge research, but also for use in an introductory statistics course. We present evidence that R Markdown can be used effectively in introductory statistics courses, and discuss its role in the rapidly-changing world of statistical computation.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Baumer, B; Cetinkaya-Rundel, M; Bray, A; Loi, L; Horton, NJ

Published Date

  • February 8, 2014

Published In

  • Technology Innovations in Statistics Education, 8(1), 2014