The ten(ish) steps of learning to use a new R package

Step 0: Excitement

We’ve all been there.

You’ve got your hands on some shiny new data. You’ve got a research question. You’re more excited than a small child at Christmas. You’re going to discover something totally new. Life is wonder!

You just need to learn about that new technique you’ve read about in that paper.

Step 1: Initial Joy

So, that new technique…. oh look, there’s an R package for it. That’s convenient. That’s brilliant in fact. I can’t wait to get started. I love being a scientist. Sure, I have no money and no one understands me, but I’m about to embark on a voyage of discovery.

I’ll just download the reference manual from CRAN.

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