Webscraping with tidyverse Packages in R
The RStudio blog describes the 'tidyverse' as "a set of packages that work in harmony because they share common data representations and API design." These packages focus on human readability of R code, and working with data and doing analyses in a tidy way (Wickham 2014). We will work primarily with the R package 'rvest' (written by ISU alum Hadley Wickham) for webscraping to read data from the web into R, and then work with some of the other tidyverse packages to perform analyses on the data. The data we'll analyze will be of general interest, and not focused in one particular discipline, so all who attend will find the material engaging!