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Excel for Managing Research: Learn How to Use Microsoft Excel as a Research Management Tool

I have used Excel for managing research since the early 1990s, when I was mentored by a grants administrator who took me under her wing. She showed me how to use abstract deadline grids, grant submission grids, and action item grids to manage research activities. Now, I’ve made these skills available to you through my online course, “MS Excel for Managing Research”!

Excel for Managing Research is a short, practical course that will give you the skills you need to run research teams and activities using this simple, flexible tool!

Free Learning Resources Online for the Do-it-Yourself Data Scientist

Do you like to learn new programming languages on your own? Then you will enjoy using our free online learning resources for data science.

Free learning resources for data scientists are available online on my blog and YouTube channel! Try my free online courses, and subscribe to my weekly e-newsletter!

Coloring Plots in R using Hexadecimal Codes Makes Them Fabulous!

You do not need to use the default R colors on your plot. You don't even need to limit yourself to named colors on cheat sheets.

Recoloring plots in R? Want to learn how to use an image to inspire R color palettes you can use in ggplot2 plots? Read my blog post to learn how.

Time Series Plots in R Using ggplot2 Are Ultimately Customizable

Time series plots can be customized if you use package ggplot2 in R. You can place labels and configure axes.

Time series plots in R are totally customizable using the ggplot2 package, and can come out with a look that is clean and sharp. However, you usually end up fighting with formatting the x-axis and other options, and I explain in my blog post.

Paid Mentoring for Data Science: Is it Worth the Cost?

If you are wondering if you should set up a paid mentoring relationship with a data science mentor, you definitely want to read this. You want to make sure you get your money's worth.

Paid mentoring for data science can be worth the cost in certain circumstances – but not others. My blog post provides guidance on hiring a paid mentor.

Confused when Downloading BRFSS Data? Here is a Guide

You can download public data from health surveillance surveys. However, you have to know how to locate it on the web site.

I use the datasets from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS) to demonstrate in a lot of my data science tutorials. The BRFSS are free and available to the public – but they are kind of buried on the web site. This blog post serves as a “map” to help you find them!

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