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Activity Number: 270
Type: Roundtables
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 : 7:00 AM to 8:15 AM
Sponsor: Section on Statistical Education
Abstract - #308167
Title: Using R Markdown for Integrating Reproducibility Tools Into an Introductory Statistics Course
Author(s): Benjamin S. Baumer*+
Companies: Smith College
Keywords: R ; statistical computing ; markdown ; homework ; RStudio ; reproducibility

Work nowadays is done collaboratively and distributed electronically. Statistical processes are more closely tied to complex data and thus often expressed in software, rather than formulas. Given the complexity of many tasks, preserving reproducibility is critical to successful collaboration. To succeed in this environment, students need experience with workflows and documentation that support these contemporary conditions. R Markdown is a simple, easy to learn, open source markup syntax that allows R scripts to be seamlessly woven into annotated technical reports rendered in HTML. In this roundtable, we present observations from integrating R Markdown into statistics courses at Smith College and discuss the benefits and limitations of using this new technology in the classroom.

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