LeaRning Out Loud


Slides from my keynote at EARL Boston on contributing to the R community by learning data science ‘out loud.’


Mara Averick


Nov 3, 2017

I was surprised (and delighted) when asked to give a keynote at Boston’s 2017 edition of “Enterprise Applications of the R Language”—better known as EARL1.

Though the slides are unlikely to stand on their own, I’ve included them below. We are, after all, learning out loud! A higher resolution version with working links can be found at https://bit.ly/mara-earl.


Post Script

For the 📷 POIDH2 crowd, here’s proof positive from Angela Li (now @angela@fediscience.org).

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  1. Alas, the link to the conference site is now defunct, since its former host, Mango Solutions, was acquired by Ascent in 2020.↩︎

  2. The frequent Internet demand that there must be “pictures or it didn’t happen.”↩︎



BibTeX citation:
  author = {Averick, Mara},
  title = {LeaRning {Out} {Loud}},
  date = {2017-11-03},
  url = {https://dataand.me/talks/2017-11_learning-out-loud-earl},
  langid = {en-US}
For attribution, please cite this work as:
Averick, Mara. 2017. “LeaRning Out Loud.” November 3, 2017. https://dataand.me/talks/2017-11_learning-out-loud-earl.