April 1, 2017
R rusergroup japan

Today I had the opportunity to meet many awesome data scientists and R-users in Tokyo. I had the idea of attending a programming meeting during my holidays a few weeks ago and reached out to the Tokyo.R-community. I was very lucky becaused they scheduled a meeting and agreed to hold the presentations in english language. It was not easy to prepare the presentation during the holiday, because there was always something else going on. But I think it went well and we all had a very good time, which is the most important thing, right?

As a topic I chose blogdown (“How to blog using R language”), because this is what I am doing at the moment and it’s also a interesting, new software. What can I say: the meeting was held in 41st floor of a skyscraper close to Tokyo Station. So I could finally get a very good view of the city and also easily catch a Shinkansen to Osaka, where I am headed next. There were some very interesting topics in the presentations today and I also learned about some new R-packages and resources. I also learned that the #globaltokyor-community is not that much different from our communities in Hamburg or Munich e.g. And I saw some good japanese humor, which I enjoyed a lot. “No package? Go develop it!!” :)

As of today, I have one more week in Japan. I will spend some more time in Kansai, visit a few more temples and will try to go to Hiroshima. The Rail Pass will make this possible, I hope. But if it doesn’t work out, than it’s also okay. I want to enjoy my time in this very special country and I have a feeling, that I might come here again anyway.

Domo arigato gozaimasu!



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