Sharon Machlis

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About Sharon Machlis

Sharon is an award-winning journalist and data analyst who is equally at home analyzing data, coding tools for journalists, and covering technology. She is currently director of editorial data & analytics at Foundry (an IDG Inc. company), which publishes tech Web sites including Computerworld, CIO, PCWorld, and Macworld; and author of InfoWorld's Do More With R series .

Her book, Practical R for Mass Communication and Journalism, is available from publisher CRC Press and Amazon (you can see Six chapters free online).

Sharon is well known in the R community. She has taught workshops at ProPublica, and Investigative Reporters and Editors conferences and keynoted the 2020 European R User Meeting.

Sharon received an ASBPE national gold award for impact/investigative online excellence (see story) and two ASBPE national golds for best how-to article (see 2014 and 2017 winners) She was also named the Digital Analytics Association's top practitioner in 2021 for her work analyzing data at her job and in her community.

Sharon holds an Extra-class ham radio license and was honored by the Association of Radio Amateurs of Bosnia & Herzegovina "for extraordinary contribution to transmitting humanitarian messages of the citizens of Bosnia-Herzegovina" during the 1992-95 war.

Sharon's other hobbies include photography, travel, hiking, snowshoeing, and classical piano. And, she's somewhat obsessed with the R programming language.

You can follow Sharon on Mastodon at and her searchable app with her Mastodon posts, as well as on LinkedIn. (She is not currently active on Twitter, but you can see her prior tweets at @sharon000.)

Sharon's Recent InfoWorld and Computerworld Articles

5 easy ways to run an LLM locally 2024-02-15

How to run R in Visual Studio Code 2024-02-15

Posit lays off R Markdown, knitr creator Yihui Xie 2024-01-05

8 ChatGPT tools for R programming 2023-12-21

Anthropic's Claude 2.1 LLM turbocharges performance, offers beta tool use 2023-11-21

Anthropic's Claude 2.1 LLM turbocharges performance, offers beta tool use 2023-11-21

Sharon's Data-Related Mastodon Posts

{ggplot2} version 3.5.0 is now on CRAN. “In addition to rewriting the guide system, we made progress supporting newer R graphics capabilities, re-purposed the use of I(), and introduce an improved polar coordinate system, along with other improvements,” according to a blog post by @teunbrand

@rstats (2024-02-24 12:42:23)  >>

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Video of @PipingHotData ‘s presentation on Debugging in R is now live on YouTube 🎉
Posit cloud
@rstats (2024-02-23 10:48:02)  >>

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The {workflowr} 📦 “helps researchers organize their analyses in a way that promotes effective project management, reproducibility, collaboration, and sharing of results.
“Workflowr combines literate programming (knitr and rmarkdown) and version control (Git, via git2r) to generate a website containing time-stamped, versioned, and documented results. Any R user can quickly and easily adopt workflowr.”
By John Blischak & others

@rstats (2024-02-23 10:34:13)  >>

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uv is “an extremely fast Python package installer and resolver, written in Rust. Designed as a drop-in replacement for pip and pip-compile. uv is backed by Astral, the creators of Ruff.” - 📦 website

“The company’s benchmarks show uv to be 8x to 10x faster than pip and pip-tools without caching, and 80x to 115x faster when running with a warm cache.” - InfoWorld

@python (2024-02-23 10:20:10)  >>

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