The furniture package offers simple functions (i.e. pieces of furniture) and an operator that are aimed at helping applied researchers explore and communicate their data as well as clean their data in a tidy way. The package follows similar semantics to the "tidyverse" packages. It contains two main tools (along with an operator):
table1provides a well-formatted descriptive table often seen as table 1 in academic journals (also a version that simplifies the output is available as
washerprovides a simple way to clean up data where there are placeholder values, and
%xt%is an operator that takes two factor variables and creates a cross tabulation and tests for significance via a chi-square test.
Table 1 is the main function in furniture. It is useful in both data exploration and data communication. With minimal cleaning, the outputted table can be put into an academic, peer reviewed journal manuscript. As such, it is very useful in exploring your data when you have a stratifying variable. For example, if you are exploring whether the means of several demographic and behavioral characteristics are related to a health condition, the health condition (i.e. "yes" or "no"; "low", "mid", or "high"; or a list of conditions) as the stratifying variable. With little code, you can test for associations and check means or counts by the stratifying variable. See the vignette for more information.
Note: furniture is meant to make life more comfortable and beautiful. In like manner, this package is designed to be "furniture" for quantitative research.
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