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The forwards package provides anonymized data from surveys conducted by Forwards, the R Foundation taskforce on women and other under-represented groups.


You can install forwards from GitHub with:

# install.packages("devtools")


The package currently contains a single dataset, useR2016, with anonymized results from a survey of participants at the useR! 2016 conference. The questions and form of responses are described in the help file (?useR2016).

The dataset is lazy loaded, so after loading the forwards package, the useR2016 data frame is available for use. For example the following code cross-tabulates respondents’ age and length of time using R:

xtabs(~ Q3 + Q11, data = useR2016)
#>              Q11
#> Q3            < 2 years 2-5 years 5-10 years > 10 years
#>   > 35               22        27         54         92
#>   35 or under        45        80         72         20

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Please note that this package is released with a Contributor Code of Conduct. By participating in this project you agree to abide by its terms.