When trying to solve a problem, part of the process is to research what attempts have been made by others. The most common form of research is to query a search portal. One downside to this approach is that each search portal has its own set of operators or query phrasing that will yield relevant content. As a result, those that have domain knowledge are able to format the search query in a way that is better. Still many queries are not constrained enough to the programming language being used. The goal of
searcher is to attempt to address both needs by providing a convenient pre-specified search interface that tailors the results to R.
To begin using
searcher, first install the package from CRAN.
# Install the searcher package if not already installed install.packages("searcher")
Once installed, searching with
searcher is done by using one or more of the
search_*() functions. To access these functions, either use a namespace function call of
searcher::search_*() or load the
searcher package and, then, call the function.
# Loads the searcher package library("searcher") # Searches using Google for `tips` search_google("tips")
searcher package, each
search_*() function has the parameter of
rlang = TRUE. By default, this enforces a search that guarantees R-specific results. If
rlang = FALSE, then the results are generalized.
"r programming"to the end of the query to constrain the results to be R-specific.
"r programming"was selected because it performed best when compared to
"r language"on Google Trends.
To improve your R-related search query, it has been suggested to use:
"r how to do <x>"
"r how to remove legends in ggplot"
"<package name> <problem>"
"ggplot2 fix x-axis labels."
rand instead focusing on the package name at the start of the query.
"r <package-name> <problem> <year> site:<specific-site>
"r ggplot2 center graph title 2018 site:stackoverflow.com