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Optimizing R Code with Rcpp

Use C++ to dramatically boost the performance of your R code.

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Course Description

R is a great language for data science, but sometimes the code can be slow to run. Combining the comfort of R with the speed of a compiled language is a great way to reclaim the performance your code deserves. C++ is a modern, high performance language that is simple enough to learn in the context of accelerating R code. With the help of the Rcpp package, C++ integrates very neatly with R. You will learn how to create and manipulate typical R objects (vectors and lists), and write your own C++ functions to dramatically boost the performance of your R code.

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    Writing, benchmarking, and debugging your first C++ code.

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    Welcome to the course
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    Benchmarking with microbenchmark
    100 xp
    Simple C++ Expressions with evalCpp
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    Conversion between numbers using cast
    100 xp
    Inline functions with cppFunction
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    First function
    100 xp
    Euclidean distance from 0
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    Print to the console
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    Error messages
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