Honors Program

University Honors

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Matthew T. McBee

Thesis Professor Department


Thesis Reader(s)

C. Allen Gorman


Accessibility and usability of software define the programs used for both professional and academic activities. While many proprietary tools are easy to grasp, some challenges exist in using more technical resources, such as the statistical programming language R. The creative project tidyTouch is a web application designed to help educate any user in basic R data visualization and transformation using the popular ggplot2 and dplyr packages. Providing point-and-click interactivity to explore potential modifications of graphics for data presentation, the application uses an intuitive interface to make R more accessible to those without programming experience. This project is in a state of continual development and will expand to cover introductory data science topics relevant to academics and professionals alike. The code for tidyTouch and this document can be found at https://github.com/devaneyJE/tidyTouch_thesis (see ui.R and server.R files for application code).


East Tennessee State University

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Open Access

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License.

ui.R (8 kB)
UI script necessary to run app locally

server.R (37 kB)
Server script necessary run app locally


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