Data and Code Guidance by Data Editors

Guidance for authors wishing to create data and code supplements, and for replicators.

Sample R Configurations

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Single configuration file with relative paths

includes <- file.path(basepath,”includes”) inputdata <- file.path(basepath,”inputdata”) tables <- file.path(basepath,”text/tables”) matsize <- 11000

### Use of relative paths in main program for inclusions


source(“C:\My Documents\yesterdays programs\submodule.do”)

- Encouraged:




### Installing packages in a project-specific directory

- using the `packrat` package
- using `containerit` package
- manually resetting the R library locations in the config file, then installing packages

Install packages locally

.libPaths( c( includes , .libPaths() ) )

You can then create a single dependency file that is run before all others:


run this only when updating the packages

all packages necessary to run the main.R have

been included in this replication package

include “config.R” install.packages(‘rddensity’, lib=libpath, destdir=libpath) install.packages(‘rdrobust’, lib=libpath, destdir=libpath) install.packages(‘gridExtra’, lib=libpath, destdir=libpath) install.packages(‘ggplot2’, lib=libpath, destdir=libpath)

and in your main program

basepath = rprojroot::find_root(rprojroot::is_git_root) source(file.path(basepath,”config.R”)) library(rdrobust) library(rddensity) library(gridExtra) library(ggplot2) ``` will always work, because it no longer requires download, and fixes the version of the packages used.