Blogging Charts!

I like to make charts.

I often post them on Twitter (@bcshaffer). I thought I might start posting some of them on my website as a way for me to (a) learn to use R Markdown and (b) share some of my R code that creates these charts for others who are interested in learning.

Note: Both my R code and especially my nascent R Markdown skills are still rough. I’m sure much of it isn’t “best practice”. Far from it. It’s what I like to call ‘gets it done’ code. So learn what you can, and apologies for creating bad habits!

- Blake


I learned R primarily from Hadley Wickham and Garrett Grolemund’s book: R for Data Science. I highly recommend it. It assumes zero previous R knowledge, even guiding you through where to download the required software, and gets you up and running in no time.

For data visualization tips, I really like Claus Wilke’s online book: Fundamentals of Data Visualization (with code examples!).

Blake Shaffer
Blake Shaffer
Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Policy

My research interests include electricity markets, demand response, electric vehicles, and climate policy