Teaching data science with puzzles

Of the many coding puzzles on the web, few focus on the programming skills needed for handling untidy data. During my summer internship at RStudio, I worked with Jenny Bryan to develop...

Teaching data science with puzzles

January 25, 2019

Of the many coding puzzles on the web, few focus on the programming skills needed for handling untidy data. During my summer internship at RStudio, I worked with Jenny Bryan to develop a series of data science puzzles known as the "Tidies of March." These puzzles isolate data wrangling tasks into bite-sized pieces to nurture core data science skills such as importing, reshaping, and summarizing data. We also provide access to puzzles and puzzle data directly in R through an accompanying Tidies of March package. I will show how this package models best practices for both data wrangling and project management.

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About the speaker

Irene Steves

This summer I was an intern at RStudio, where I worked with Jenny Bryan to develop a series of coding challenges to cultivate and reward the mastery of R and the tidyverse. I was previously a Data Science Fellow at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), where I reviewed data submissions to a national repository for completion, clarity, and data management best practices. As a fellow, I also collaborated on a number of open science projects to improve access to Ecological Metadata Language (EML) and datasets in the DataONE network (see metajam, dataspice).