R Tutorial by Hasse Walum and Desirée de Leon

The landing page for Teacups, Giraffes, & Statistics by Hasse Walum and Desirée de Leon. There is white text that reads "Welcome to the Wonderful World of Teacups, Giraffes, & Statistics" and the background features a thin cartoon giraffe centered between two tree trunks with other plants interspersed.

I came across this truly delightful introduction to R and summary statistics tutorial while reminding myself how to write functions in R. I was impressed by how Teacups, Giraffes, & Statistics covers R basics with clarity and specificity while being incredibly endearing.

A screenshot from Teacups, Giraffes, & Statistics that shows the interactive R windows. The user demonstrated adding 2 and 3, saving a 5-number vector, and summarizing the vector.

This was the first place I’ve seen interactive R windows on websites, and it’s great. Instead of having to open Rstudio on my own computer to use the example code, I ran code chunks on the website itself. In the example to the left, the authors provided 2+3 in the calculator window. I added the next two lines of code and clicked the green “Run Code” button, and my R output was displayed! I also really liked their variance and standard deviation comparisons in the “The Spread of the Data” module.

Whether you’re looking for a charming resource for new R users or just want to see an excellent tutorial example, I highly recommend Teacups, Giraffes, & Statistics by Hasse Walum and Desirée de Leon.

PS: I’m always looking for great beginner-friendly R and QGIS guides– drop links to your favorites in the comments section!

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