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Teaching Quickly


Teaching Quickly

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Hi, Steve. Thanks for very interesting post.

Highly recommended for learning R right to read awesome free ebook: Efficient R programming (by Colin Gillespie, Robin Lovelace)
Because in my opinion main advantage of R language - its high performance. And this book learn you how to write efficiency , fast and structured R code. Dont spent time for tutorials and simple demo, this book very easy to read and learn. Number one.

Recommended spend 2 days to learn RStudio (the best free idea for R): https://bookdown.org/chesterismay/rbasics/3-rstudiobasics.html

Also you maybe will find some useful info in my favorite list R ebooks: https://github.com/ktaranov/AwesomeR#r-books (also awesome list here)
Nice online courses: https://www.datacamp.com/

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Such a buzz kill today Steve. That's the joy of being an experienced hand, being able to wax nostalgic about how hard it was for us when we had to learn stuff from like paper books and MAGAZINES gold darn it. You don't know how easy you got it these days etc etc.What's that, no-one cares? Mumble, mumble, bah.
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It seems from a quick read of this article that R may be better suited to your style.

https://qz.com/1063071/the-great-r-versus-python-for-data-science-debate/
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Python is polled as the most popular language and growing. I personally like it better.

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It is frustrating when you join an organization and everything is disorganized and chaotic. And you improve it substantially and make everything simpler & easier and remove the cruft. And then someone new comes along, and to them it's all disorganized and chaotic. And you just want to be like "Listen, I know there's some improvements that could still be made, but it's come a long way from when I started and you had to..."

So point taken Steve. Smile

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Well, when I was a kid....

This topic reminds me of week 1 of Calculus when we were forced to solve derivatives by hand. After hours of painful calculations, they show you the shorthand way of doing it that can be done in your head. Then, in the real world you use a calculator! Smile

That said, sometimes learning the hard way does help build important foundations of understanding the concepts at hand.
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When writing articles or even presentations, I've found that demonstrating a "bad" way saves on a huge number of questions (and, contrary to popular belief, there is such a thing as a bad question). It also causes people to sit up and pay attention because, a lot of times, I've done enough research to know what the most common bad ways of doing things are. It first captures the attention of people that use the bad way and it also kills their thoughts of "Well... we've always done it this way" or "Well... we've never done it that way before".

It's good for me, too! It keeps me from exploding when someone feels compelled to interrupt with a question wanting to know why I'm not using the "Best Practice" of using something like an rCTE to count.

One of the measures of a successful presentation seems to be "interaction from the class". I learned a long time ago that if that interaction is in the form of questions, then you might not actually be doing a good job as a teacher. That frequently means teaching the bad along with the good because <drumroll please>, much of the "class" is already using the bad methods and, even if they don't realize it, they're there to learn a better way. If they're a total newbie at what you're trying to teach, then they have also been educated as to what to watch for as a bad method in the future and can help spread the knowledge more quickly than any of us could ever do alone.

Heh... sometimes you do have to teach that the pan is hot and do it without burning the student.

--Jeff Moden

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