StackOverflow Flash Mob for the R User Community

Moderated by: Michael E. Driscoll
Location: Ballroom A2

In concert with users online across the country, this session will lead a flashmob to populate StackOverflow with R language content.

R, the open source statistical language, has a notoriously steep learning curve. The same technical questions tend be asked repeatedly on the R-help mailing lists, to the detriment of both R experts (who tire of repeating themselves) and the learners (who often receive a technically correct, but terse response).

We have developed a list of the most common 100 technical R questions, based on an analysis of (i) queries sent to the RSeek.org web portal, and (ii) an examination of the R-help list archives, and (iii) a survey of members of R Users Groups in San Francisco, LA, and New York City.

In the first hour, participants will pair up to claim a question, formulate it on StackOverflow, and provide a comprehensive answer. In the second hour, participants will rate, review, and comment on the set of submitted questions and answers.

While Stackoverflow currently lacks content for the R language, we believe this effort will provide the spark to attract more R users, and emerge as a valuable resource to the growing R community.

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Michael Driscoll
07/21/2009 6:39pm PDT

Hi all – We’ll be organizing our Flashmob via - what else? - Twitter. Please follow @rstatsmob to participate. See you tomorrow night!

twitter.com/Rstatsmob

JD Long
07/16/2009 1:16pm PDT

The Chicago Twitternistas will be helping with this effort until the beer runs out (or our wives call).

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