Grow your data science skills at posit::conf(2024)

August 12th-14th in Seattle

Our biostatistics group has historically utilized SAS for data management and analytics for biomedical research studies, with R only used occasionally for new methods or data visualization. Several years ago and with the encouragement of leadership, we initiated a movement to increase our usage of R significantly. Multiple steps were taken to achieve this goal including: the introduction and training of RStudio, creation of new R functions and packages that mimic locally written SAS macros, and education for current and new staff. Critical to our current success has been a team of R enthusiasts who have become resources for different aspects of R. This presentation will highlight how we as a biomedical research institute were able to transition from SAS to R, lessons learned along the way, and current struggles.

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