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By aoriole19
I'm taking a data analysis class at MIT, and we got a project assignment that was really open-ended, so of course I chose roller coasters. I'm going to be doing web scraping in R to get data from rcdb.com and do some kind of interesting analysis, but I haven't decided exactly what I'm going to do.

I considered comparing coasters made by B&M and by Intamin to determine which company made more "thrilling" coasters (comparing measures of height, speed, inversions, and G-forces). I also thought I could compare different states or countries to see which had the best coasters, or even compare the east coast to the west coast.

I'm not sure how profound these findings would be though, because it would take into account the averages, including kiddie coasters, etc. So I'm not sure what kind of test/comparisons would be the most interesting.

Basically, I'm posting this here mostly because I thought you guys would think it was interesting, and also if you have any suggestions or ideas I'd love to hear them! I'll post some updates if I do anything interesting.

PS I am definitely a beginner (I've never used R before this class, and we haven't even used it all that much) so don't expect anything too crazy- just getting the code to gather the data will be a huge accomplishment to me!
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By arby
Sorry, I don't know if I'll be much help. I've never used R (and actually just had to Google it). All my programming is primarily in C# although I do some work with VB.Net and have used C++ and Cobol within the past decade. I also write a lot of scripts in PowerShell although I don't consider that a 'language' per se.

If there is anything I can do to help, just let me know.

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