What is the meaning of the website name?

Why is this website called R Is My Hammer?  Simple really.  There is a colloquialism called Maslow's Hammer:  When you are a hammer, everything looks like a nail.  Through the years, this has morphed into several versions:

  1. To a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
  2. If your only tool is a hammer then every problem looks like a nail.
  3. Give a young boy a hammer, and he will treat everything as a nail.

No one is certain of the origins of these sayings.

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In my case, I use R for everything in data science.  It was the tool I selected from the beginning.  OK, I did not really choose it.  The first data science certification course I took was the Johns Hopkins Data Science Specialization Certification hosted on Coursera.  One of the first courses of 10 was an introduction to R.  Since then, I have programmed nearly everyday using R.  R is the only tool I use.  R provides all the tools to collect and tidy data, to perform statistical analysis and create machine learning algorithms and lastly provide a rich environment to develop reproducible research and interactive visualizations. At work I often comment to developers I can perform the same task faster and with much fewer lines of code.  If it is data related, R is an excellent choice. Are there other data science tools?  Of course there are.  The primary alternative to R is Python.  I'll save that discussion for a later entry.

Why do I have this website?

There are two primary reasons I have this website:

  1. I want to spread the love for R.  If I am an R enthusiast, I want others to join me.  (And we number in the millions.)
  2. Change the trajectory of my career.
I think by now you know I love the R language.  It fits my needs and aspirations perfectly.  It can do anything required in the field of data science.  (If you disagree, let me know.  I love a spirited discourse.  I'll setup a wiki for this and other discussions.) While I have decades of experience using data to drive decisions, I have not been formally titled as a BI Specialist, a data analyst, or a data scientist.  I could argue that I have always performed these functions honestly but that does not get me a role as a data scientists.  I have been a product manager, program manager, VP, Director IT and others.  However, none of this impresses employers or provides evidence of my skills and interests. So, to help promote the skills I do have, I plan to begin publishing my R code and related articles to prove I have the skills - and desire - to modify my future so that I can live in R, develop innovative machine learning algorithms and help change the world.  I hope you will join me on this journey.