John Burn-Murdoch
+ Your AuthorsArchive @jburnmurdoch Stories, stats & scatterplots for @FinancialTimes | Daily updates of the coronavirus trajectory tracker | [email protected] | #dataviz Oct. 05, 2020 1 min read

The clear lesson of this whole débacle:

Everyone still using Excel needs to learn to use R.

Not saying throw out Excel — keep using it for data entry or anything non-quant-facing — but please bring in R or Python for the important stuff 🤓🙏

Start here:  https://www.tidyverse.org/learn/ 

And to be clear, when I say "by all means keep using Excel for data entry" I don’t mean manually entering or combining more than 1 million rows of data. That is just ... wild.

The very idea of handling huge files like that brings me out in a cold sweat 😅😅

To be fair I should also note that if — like me — you are a reckless and impatient coder, you can still trip up with R...


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