Founded by Josh Reich and Drew Conway, the New York Open Statistical Programming Meetup started as the New York R Meetup with a handful of people in an office at Union Square Ventures. Since then it has grown to over 8,000 members and has been hosted at NYU, Columbia, AOL, iHeartRadio, eBay, Work-Bench and other locations.

Our mission is to spread knowledge of statistical programming techniques in open-source languages such as R, Python, Julia and Go, and data science in general. Another important aspect is community building and socializing. The meetups start with pizza, followed by a 45-90 minute talk, ending with a trip to the local bar.


To attend please visit the meetup page.

Presentations and Videos

Whenever possible we make presentations available at the Presentations page.

We now stream and host videos of meetups on Facebook and YouTube and older videos are scattered on a variety of services. They are also listed on the Presentations page.


Job openings and other announcements are on the meetup discussion board.

Upcoming Meetup

Whose Line Graph is it Anyway? Improvising an Exploratory Data Analysis with R

April 29, 2019 06:30:00 PM

This month marks the tenth anniversary of the meetup! We've grown from 21 people to over 10,000 in that time.

To celebrate we will have a series of events in the coming weeks, including meetups, workshops and the Fifth Annual New York R Conference (

First up we have David Robinson.

About the Talk:
The best approach to a technical presentation is careful planning and preparation. But where's the fun in that?

In this talk, I'll demonstrate an exploratory data analysis in R on a dataset I've never seen in advance, and which was chosen by a friend for its novelty value. I'll demonstrate the use of tools such as dplyr and ggplot2 for data transformation and visualization, as well as other packages from the tidyverse as they're needed. I'll narrate my thought process to show how a data scientist thinks through a problem, and take suggestions from the audience at key points.

About David:
David Robinson is the Chief Data Scientist at DataCamp. He has previously worked as a data scientist at Stack Overflow and received his PhD from Princeton University. He is the co-author with Julia Silge of the tidytext package and the O’Reilly book Text Mining with R, as well as the author of the broom and fuzzyjoin R packages and of the e-book Introduction to Empirical Bayes. He writes about R, statistics and education on his blog Variance Explained, as well as on Twitter as @drob. This talk is inspired by his experience sharing screencasts of improvised data analyses on YouTube.

Pizza ( begins at 6:30, the talk starts at 7, then after we head to the local bar.


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