(This post is by Jonah) Last week I postedÂ here about the release of version 2.0.0 of the loo R package, butÂ there have been a few other recent releases and updates worth mentioning. At the end of the post I also include some general thoughts on R package development with Stan and the growing number of […]

**tools**

## ShinyStan v2.0.0

For those of you not familiar with ShinyStan, it is a graphical user interface for exploring Stan models (and more generally MCMC output from any software). For context, here’s the post on this blog first introducing ShinyStan (formerly shinyStan) from earlier this year. ShinyStan v2.0.0 released ShinyStan v2.0.0 is now available on CRAN. This is […]

## More data tools worth using from Google

Speaking of open data and google tools, see this post from Revolution R: How to use a Google Spreadsheet as data in R.

## Google Refine

Tools worth knowing about: Google Refine is a power tool for working with messy data, cleaning it up, transforming it from one format into another, extending it with web services, and linking it to databases like Freebase. A recent discussion on the Polmeth list about the ANES Cumulative File is a setting where I think […]

## RStudio – new cross-platform IDE for R

The new R environment RStudio looks really great, especially for users new to R. In teaching, these are often people new to programming anything, much less statistical models. The R GUIs were different on each platform, with (sometimes modal) windows appearing and disappearing and no unified design. RStudio fixes that and has already found a […]