At the end of April, SQL South West (a SQL user group for the South West of England) hosted Data in Devon 2019. The event was open to all data professionals in the South West and featured a range of talks on topics including: SQL, Power BI, machine learning and Microsoft Azure.
Select were pleased to attend the conference and our Senior Consultant and Acting MD, Sarah, was delighted to be asked to present at the event, holding a session on ‘What is R and Why Should You Use It?’.
In her talk, Sarah discussed the value of using R for data analysis. R is a programming language, specifically designed for statistical computing and graphics and is both free and open source.
R has been developed with visualisation in mind – there’s a huge range of different types of charts, graphs and plots available. Analyses conducted in R can also be turned into dynamic and interactive web applications using the package Shiny, which Sarah demonstrated during her talk.
With R, all the different processes required to turn data to insights – from data processing and manipulation to complex statistical analyses to visualisations and creating interactive dashboards – can be accommodated within a single platform.
We really enjoyed attending the event and it was a great opportunity to promote the benefits of R to other data professionals in the South West!