Sharon Machlis

Executive Editor, Data & Analytics

Sharon Machlis is Director of Editorial Data & Analytics at IDG, where she works on analyzing data (both for IDG Enterprise Web sites and journalism projects) and in-house editor tools in addition to writing and editing. Her tech interests include data visualization and analysis as well as the intersection of journalism and technology. She holds an Extra class amateur radio license and is currently somewhat obsessed with R. Her book Practical R for Mass Communication and Journalism was published in December 2018.


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140 Characters Twitter conference highlights

Intriguing nuggets from the conference that bills itself as "The State of Now."

What's your cell phone's maximum radiation level? Interactive database

Find out the maximum radiation absorption levels from various mobile phone handsets, using this searchable database. Or view and sort the full table of 1,300+ models.

DO NOT POST WORKING UPDATE for R articles

Update of 22 free dataviz tools

Advanced beginner's guide to R

Advanced beginner's guide to R

So you've gone through the Computerworld Beginner's Guide to R and want to take some next steps in your R journey? In this advanced beginner's guide, you'll learn data wrangling, best packages to use for different tasks, how to...

Map test

Here is a test of map code. There is a LOT of code here, not sure if we can extract some out into separate files?  The test includes several files that I've uploaded JUST AS A TEST to my own server. We'd need to upload them as...

Sample story map

This sample story map is part of the slideshow Vacation locations: How to make a 'story map' with photos, text & map

PDF to Excel conversion: Your ultimate guide to the best tools

PDF to Excel conversion: Your ultimate guide to the best tools

Need to extract data from PDF files into a spreadsheet so you can analyze it? Find out how seven PDF to Excel conversion tools fared in head-to-head tests with increasingly complex data sources.

Beginner's guide to R: Syntax quirks you'll want to know

Beginner's guide to R: Syntax quirks you'll want to know

Why x=3 doesn't always mean what you think it should, about data types and more.

Great R packages for data import, wrangling, and visualization

Great R packages for data import, wrangling, and visualization

Here are my go-to R packages — in a handy searchable table.

Top resources to improve your R language skills

Top resources to improve your R language skills

From online tutorials to videos to interactive courses, here are plenty of ideas to learn R or burnish your R skills.

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