[R] RMarkdown vignettes v. Jupyter notebooks?

Hadley Wickham h@w|ckh@m @end|ng |rom gm@||@com
Thu Oct 11 14:43:00 CEST 2018

I'd highly recommend Yihui's extensive write up:

On Thu, Oct 11, 2018 at 4:08 AM Spencer Graves
<spencer.graves using effectivedefense.org> wrote:
> Hello:
>        What are the differences between Jupyter notebooks and RMarkdown
> vignettes?
>        I'm trying to do real time monitoring of the broadcast quality of
> a radio station, and it seems to me that it may be easier to do that in
> Python than in R.[1]  This led me to a recent post to
> "python-list using python.org" that mentioned "Jupyter, Mathematica, and the
> Future of the Research Paper"[2] by Paul Romer, who won the 2018 Nobel
> Memorial Prize in Economics only a few days ago.  In brief, this article
> suggests that Jupyter notebooks may replace publication in refereed
> scientific journals as the primary vehicle for sharing scientific
> research, because they make it so easy for readers to follow both the
> scientific and computational logic and test their own modifications.
>        A "Jupyter Notebook Tutorial: The Definitive Guide"[3] suggested
> I first install Anaconda Navigator.  I got version 1.9.2 of that.  It
> opens with options for eight different "applications" including
> JupyterLab 0.34.9, Jupyter Notebook 5.6.0, Spyder 3.3.1 (an IDE for
> Python), and RStudio 1.1.456.
>        This leads to several questions:
>              1.  In general, what experiences have people had with
> Jupyter Notebooks, Anaconda Navigator, and RMarkdown vignettes in
> RStudio, and the similarities and differences?  Do you know any
> references that discuss this?
>              2.  More specifically, does it make sense to try to use
> RStudio from within Anaconda Navigator, or is one better off using
> RStudio as a separate, stand alone application -- or should one even
> abandon RStudio and run R instead from within a Jupyter Notebook? [I'm
> new to this topic, so it's possible that this question doesn't even make
> sense.]
>        Thanks,
>        Spencer Graves
> [1] If you have ideas for how best to do real time monitoring of
> broadcast quality of a radio station, I'd love to hear them.  I need
> software that will do that, preferably something that's free, open
> source.  The commercial software I've seen for this is not adequate for
> my purposes, so I'm trying to write my own.  I have a sample script in
> Python that will read a live stream from a radio tuner and output a
> *.wav of whatever length I want, and I wrote Python eight years ago for
> a similar real time application.  I'd prefer to use R, but I don't know
> how to get started.
> [2] 2018-04-13:
> "https://paulromer.net/jupyter-mathematica-and-the-future-of-the-research-paper".
> This further cites a similar article in The Atlantic from 2018-04-05:
> "www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/04/the-scientific-paper-is-obsolete/556676".
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