# How the New York Times uses R for Data Visualization

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The New York Times introduced R to the world with a feature article in 2009, and has been using R for many years to support its pioneering presentation data analysis and visualization, under the direction of graphics editor Amanda Cox.

Last week, the New York R User Group's featured speaker was Amanda Cox, where she presented

… how R is used in the news cycle at the The *New York Times* to crunch data and prepare graphics before they go to print or online. She will also discuss some of the problems facing the *New York Times* ongoing basis, including how to represent uncertainty in an accessible way, and how to move beyond “Here is some data:” toward something closer to inference.”

Video from Amanda's talk on R at the New York Times is now available, which you can see at Drew Conway's blog — it's great to hear how R is put to practical use to such great ends.

By the way, if you haven't seen it yet, the Times has a incredible (in the literal sense) and sobering visualization of before-and-after effects of the Japan tsunami disaster.

Zero Intelligence Agents: Amanda Cox on How The New York Times Graphics Department Uses R

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