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RStudio for R Statistical Computing Cookbook by Andrea Cirillo

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Writing modular code in RStudio

Using modular code is a best practice of computer programming. It basically involves dividing your code into independent pieces, where one module takes as an input the output of another one.

This recipe implements modular programming by leveraging the + function, which lets you execute R scripts from another script (or from the R terminal session itself) by collecting it in the local environment code output.

The advantage of modular code lies in the orthogonality principle: two pieces of code are orthogonal to each other if changing the first has no effect on the other.

Take, for instance, two pieces of code: the first one gives as an output a ZIP code from an address, and the second one takes that ZIP code and calculates ...

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