A tutorial on tidy cross-validation with R
Analyzing NetHack data, part 1: What kills the players
Analyzing NetHack data, part 2: What players kill the most
Building a shiny app to explore historical newspapers: a step-by-step guide
Classification of historical newspapers content: a tutorial combining R, bash and Vowpal Wabbit, part 1
Classification of historical newspapers content: a tutorial combining R, bash and Vowpal Wabbit, part 2
Curly-Curly, the successor of Bang-Bang
Dealing with heteroskedasticity; regression with robust standard errors using R
Easy time-series prediction with R: a tutorial with air traffic data from Lux Airport
Exporting editable plots from R to Powerpoint: making ggplot2 purrr with officer
Fast food, causality and R packages, part 1
Fast food, causality and R packages, part 2
For posterity: install {xml2} on GNU/Linux distros
Forecasting my weight with R
From webscraping data to releasing it as an R package to share with the world: a full tutorial with data from NetHack
Get text from pdfs or images using OCR: a tutorial with {tesseract} and {magick}
Getting data from pdfs using the pdftools package
Getting the data from the Luxembourguish elections out of Excel
Going from a human readable Excel file to a machine-readable csv with {tidyxl}
Historical newspaper scraping with {tesseract} and R
How Luxembourguish residents spend their time: a small {flexdashboard} demo using the Time use survey data
Imputing missing values in parallel using {furrr}
Intermittent demand, Croston and Die Hard
Looking into 19th century ads from a Luxembourguish newspaper with R
Making sense of the METS and ALTO XML standards
Manipulate dates easily with {lubridate}
Manipulating strings with the {stringr} package
Maps with pie charts on top of each administrative division: an example with Luxembourg's elections data
Missing data imputation and instrumental variables regression: the tidy approach
Modern R with the tidyverse is available on Leanpub
Objects types and some useful R functions for beginners
Pivoting data frames just got easier thanks to `pivot_wide()` and `pivot_long()`
R or Python? Why not both? Using Anaconda Python within R with {reticulate}
Searching for the optimal hyper-parameters of an ARIMA model in parallel: the tidy gridsearch approach
Some fun with {gganimate}
Statistical matching, or when one single data source is not enough
The best way to visit Luxembourguish castles is doing data science + combinatorial optimization
The never-ending editor war (?)
The year of the GNU+Linux desktop is upon us: using user ratings of Steam Play compatibility to play around with regex and the tidyverse
Using Data Science to read 10 years of Luxembourguish newspapers from the 19th century
Using a genetic algorithm for the hyperparameter optimization of a SARIMA model
Using cosine similarity to find matching documents: a tutorial using Seneca's letters to his friend Lucilius
Using linear models with binary dependent variables, a simulation study
Using the tidyverse for more than data manipulation: estimating pi with Monte Carlo methods
What hyper-parameters are, and what to do with them; an illustration with ridge regression
{disk.frame} is epic
{pmice}, an experimental package for missing data imputation in parallel using {mice} and {furrr}
Building formulae
Functional peace of mind
Get basic summary statistics for all the variables in a data frame
Getting {sparklyr}, {h2o}, {rsparkling} to work together and some fun with bash
Importing 30GB of data into R with sparklyr
Introducing brotools
It's lists all the way down
It's lists all the way down, part 2: We need to go deeper
Keep trying that api call with purrr::possibly()
Lesser known dplyr 0.7* tricks
Lesser known dplyr tricks
Lesser known purrr tricks
Make ggplot2 purrr
Mapping a list of functions to a list of datasets with a list of columns as arguments
Predicting job search by training a random forest on an unbalanced dataset
Teaching the tidyverse to beginners
Why I find tidyeval useful
tidyr::spread() and dplyr::rename_at() in action
Easy peasy STATA-like marginal effects with R
Functional programming and unit testing for data munging with R available on Leanpub
How to use jailbreakr
My free book has a cover!
Work on lists of datasets instead of individual datasets by using functional programming
Method of Simulated Moments with R
New website!
Nonlinear Gmm with R - Example with a logistic regression
Simulated Maximum Likelihood with R
Bootstrapping standard errors for difference-in-differences estimation with R
Careful with tryCatch
Data frame columns as arguments to dplyr functions
Export R output to a file
I've started writing a 'book': Functional programming and unit testing for data munging with R
Introduction to programming econometrics with R
Merge a list of datasets together
Object Oriented Programming with R: An example with a Cournot duopoly
R, R with Atlas, R with OpenBLAS and Revolution R Open: which is fastest?
Read a lot of datasets at once with R
Unit testing with R
Update to Introduction to programming econometrics with R
Using R as a Computer Algebra System with Ryacas

This short blog post illustrates how easy it is to use R and Python in the same R Notebook thanks to the
`{reticulate}`

package. For this to work, you might need to upgrade RStudio to the current preview version.
Let’s start by importing `{reticulate}`

:

`library(reticulate)`

`{reticulate}`

is an RStudio package that provides “*a comprehensive set of tools for interoperability
between Python and R*”. With it, it is possible to call Python and use Python libraries within
an R session, or define Python chunks in R markdown. I think that using R Notebooks is the best way
to work with Python and R; when you want to use Python, you simply use a Python chunk:

```
```{python}
your python code here
```
```

There’s even autocompletion for Python object methods:

Fantastic!

However, if you wish to use Python interactively within your R session, you must start the Python
REPL with the `repl_python()`

function, which starts a Python REPL. You can then do whatever you
want, even access objects from your R session, and then when you exit the REPL, any object you
created in Python remains accessible in R. I think that using Python this way is a bit more involved
and would advise using R Notebooks if you need to use both languages.

I installed the Anaconda Python distribution to have Python on my system. To use it with `{reticulate}`

I must first use the `use_python()`

function that allows me to set which version of Python I want
to use:

```
# This is an R chunk
use_python("~/miniconda3/bin/python")
```

I can now load a dataset, still using R:

```
# This is an R chunk
data(mtcars)
head(mtcars)
```

```
## mpg cyl disp hp drat wt qsec vs am gear carb
## Mazda RX4 21.0 6 160 110 3.90 2.620 16.46 0 1 4 4
## Mazda RX4 Wag 21.0 6 160 110 3.90 2.875 17.02 0 1 4 4
## Datsun 710 22.8 4 108 93 3.85 2.320 18.61 1 1 4 1
## Hornet 4 Drive 21.4 6 258 110 3.08 3.215 19.44 1 0 3 1
## Hornet Sportabout 18.7 8 360 175 3.15 3.440 17.02 0 0 3 2
## Valiant 18.1 6 225 105 2.76 3.460 20.22 1 0 3 1
```

and now, to access the `mtcars`

data frame, I simply use the `r`

object:

```
# This is a Python chunk
print(r.mtcars.describe())
```

```
## mpg cyl disp ... am gear carb
## count 32.000000 32.000000 32.000000 ... 32.000000 32.000000 32.0000
## mean 20.090625 6.187500 230.721875 ... 0.406250 3.687500 2.8125
## std 6.026948 1.785922 123.938694 ... 0.498991 0.737804 1.6152
## min 10.400000 4.000000 71.100000 ... 0.000000 3.000000 1.0000
## 25% 15.425000 4.000000 120.825000 ... 0.000000 3.000000 2.0000
## 50% 19.200000 6.000000 196.300000 ... 0.000000 4.000000 2.0000
## 75% 22.800000 8.000000 326.000000 ... 1.000000 4.000000 4.0000
## max 33.900000 8.000000 472.000000 ... 1.000000 5.000000 8.0000
##
## [8 rows x 11 columns]
```

`.describe()`

is a Python Pandas DataFrame method to get summary statistics of our data. This means that
`mtcars`

was automatically converted from a `tibble`

object to a Pandas DataFrame! Let’s check its type:

```
# This is a Python chunk
print(type(r.mtcars))
```

`## <class 'pandas.core.frame.DataFrame'>`

Let’s save the summary statistics in a variable:

```
# This is a Python chunk
summary_mtcars = r.mtcars.describe()
```

Let’s access this from R, by using the `py`

object:

```
# This is an R chunk
class(py$summary_mtcars)
```

`## [1] "data.frame"`

Let’s try something more complex. Let’s first fit a linear model in Python, and see how R sees it:

```
# This is a Python chunk
import numpy as np
import statsmodels.api as sm
import statsmodels.formula.api as smf
model = smf.ols('mpg ~ hp', data = r.mtcars).fit()
print(model.summary())
```

```
## OLS Regression Results
## ==============================================================================
## Dep. Variable: mpg R-squared: 0.602
## Model: OLS Adj. R-squared: 0.589
## Method: Least Squares F-statistic: 45.46
## Date: Sun, 10 Feb 2019 Prob (F-statistic): 1.79e-07
## Time: 00:25:51 Log-Likelihood: -87.619
## No. Observations: 32 AIC: 179.2
## Df Residuals: 30 BIC: 182.2
## Df Model: 1
## Covariance Type: nonrobust
## ==============================================================================
## coef std err t P>|t| [0.025 0.975]
## ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
## Intercept 30.0989 1.634 18.421 0.000 26.762 33.436
## hp -0.0682 0.010 -6.742 0.000 -0.089 -0.048
## ==============================================================================
## Omnibus: 3.692 Durbin-Watson: 1.134
## Prob(Omnibus): 0.158 Jarque-Bera (JB): 2.984
## Skew: 0.747 Prob(JB): 0.225
## Kurtosis: 2.935 Cond. No. 386.
## ==============================================================================
##
## Warnings:
## [1] Standard Errors assume that the covariance matrix of the errors is correctly specified.
```

Just for fun, I ran the linear regression with the Scikit-learn library too:

```
# This is a Python chunk
import numpy as np
from sklearn.linear_model import LinearRegression
regressor = LinearRegression()
x = r.mtcars[["hp"]]
y = r.mtcars[["mpg"]]
model_scikit = regressor.fit(x, y)
print(model_scikit.intercept_)
```

`## [30.09886054]`

`print(model_scikit.coef_)`

`## [[-0.06822828]]`

Let’s access the `model`

variable in R and see what type of object it is in R:

```
# This is an R chunk
model_r <- py$model
class(model_r)
```

```
## [1] "statsmodels.regression.linear_model.RegressionResultsWrapper"
## [2] "statsmodels.base.wrapper.ResultsWrapper"
## [3] "python.builtin.object"
```

So because this is a custom Python object, it does not get converted into the equivalent R object. This is described here. However, you can still use Python methods from within an R chunk!

```
# This is an R chunk
model_r$aic
```

`## [1] 179.2386`

`model_r$params`

```
## Intercept hp
## 30.09886054 -0.06822828
```

I must say that I am very impressed with the `{reticulate}`

package. I think that even if you are
primarily a Python user, this is still very interesting to know in case you need a specific function
from an R package. Just write all your script inside a Python Markdown chunk and then use the R
function you need from an R chunk! Of course there is also a way to use R from Python, a Python library
called `rpy2`

but I am not very familiar with it. From what I read, it seems to be also quite
simple to use.

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