A new tool to make it easier to work with ABS data

This post will only be of interest to people who work with ABS time series data in R. To use most time series data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics you need to click around on their website – with your hands, like an animal – and download a spreadsheet, like it’s the 90s or something. Horrifying stuff. Even worse, once you’ve got the spreadsheet you’ll find the data is formatted in a way that makes it hard to work with in statistical software. Building on earlier work by Zoe Meers and Jaron Lee, I’ve written an R package called readabs that makes it easier to work with ABS time series data. The package has one key function, read_abs(), which will download, import, and tidy ABS time series data for you. The messiness of ABS time series If you want to visualise or analyse data in R, you will often need to tidy it first. In tidy data: Each variable

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