Analyses as Packages

TL;DR Instead of writing an analysis as a single or set of R scripts, use a package and include the analysis as a vignette of the package. Read below for the why, the how is in the next post. Analyses and Reports As data science or statistical researchers, we tend to do a lot of analyses, whether for our own research or as part of a collaboration, or even for supervisors depending on where we work.

Creating an Analysis as a Package and Vignette

Following from my last post, I am going to go step by step through the process I use to generate an analysis as a package vignette. This will be an analysis of the tweets from the 2012 and 2014 ISMB conference (thanks to Neil and Stephen for compiling the data). I will link to individual commits so that you can see how things change as we go along. Setup Initialization To start, we will initialize the package.