CUB #7: The Cape R User Group

New Beginnings for the Cape R Community

(Written by Anelda van der Walt)

 The first official Cape R User Group event were hosted last night at “The Lab” on UCT Upper Campus and what a turnout! Thanks to the sponsors – Revolution Analytics – there were free beers for the first 20 people and two beautiful R t-shirts up for grabs during a lucky draw (run in R!).

The speakers did a great job of convincing R novices of the usefulness of R for their research, whilst the more experienced R folks had an opportunity to share advice and ideas and discuss best practices.

Jean-Baka Domelevo Entfellner, originally from Rennes (France) but now a postdoctoral research fellow at the South African National Bioinformatics Institute, currently works on an NIH funded project known as H3Africa – specifically H3ABionet.  During his talk, Jean-Baka gave a comprehensive overview of rworldmap and showed how they are plotting bioinformatics capacity at H3A nodes in Africa with this function.

Jean-Baka talking about rworldmap used in the H3ABionet project

Jean-Baka talking about rworldmap used in the H3ABionet project

Maia Lesosky, senior lecturer and biostatistician at UCT Department of Medicine, took us for a whirlwind tour of the Hadleyverse and couldn’t hide her love for R.

Hands up - who uses R regularly?

Hands up – who uses R regularly?

There were a total of 37 participants!  Really a fun event to be part of and gauging from the happy faces and the excited buzz throughout the evening, definitely an event that I would highly recommend for CUB-ers interested in meeting others working in R.  See you at the next event in Stellenbosch!