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How did Axios rectangle Trump's PDF schedule? A try with R

Last week, Axios published a very interesting piece reporting on Trump’s private schedule thanks to an insider’s leak. The headlines all were about Trump’s spending more than 60% of his time in “executive time” which admittedly was indeed the most important aspect of the story. I, however, also got curious about Axios’ work to go from the PDF schedules to the spreadsheet they made public. In this post, I’ll have a got at using rOpenSci’s Jeroen Ooms’ pdftools package and some data-wrangling stubborness of mine to try and rectangle Trump’s PDF schedules.

Your and my 2019 R goals

Here we go again, using a Twitter trend as blog fodder! Colin Fay launched an inspiring movement by sharing his R goals of 2019.

It’s been quite interesting reading the objectives of other tweeps: what they want to learn, make, how they want to get involved in the community, etc. As Mike Kearney, rtweet’s maintainer, underlined, it is excellent reading material!

… but also blogging material! Let me fetch and tokenize these tweets to summarize them!

Disclaimer: I later saw that Jason Baik got the same idea and was faster than I, find the analysis here.

Advent of Code: Most Popular Languages

You might have heard of the Advent of Code, a 25-day challenge involving a programming puzzle a day, to be solved with the language of your choice. I’ve noted the popularity of this activity in my Twitter timeline but also in my GitHub timeline where I’ve seen the creation of a few advent-of-code or so repositories.

If I were to participate one year, I’d probably use R. Jenny Bryan’s tweet above inspired me to try and gauge the popularity of languages used in the Advent of Code. To do that, in this post, I shall use the search endpoint of GitHub V3 API to identify Advent of Code 2018 repos.