Kangjie Zhang

Beyond the Comfort Zone: Traditional Statistical Programmers Embrace R to Expand their Toolkits

In the pharmaceutical industry, traditional statistical programmers have long relied on proprietary software to perform data analysis tasks. However, in recent years, there has been a growing interest in open-source tools like R, which offer a range of benefits including flexibility, reproducibility, and cost-effectiveness.

In this presentation, we will explore the ways in which statistical programmers in the pharmaceutical industry are embracing R to expand their toolkits and improve their workflows, including data visualization and the generation of Analysis Data Model (ADaM) datasets.

One key challenge in using R to generate ADaM is bridging the gap between open-source R packages (e.g., admiral, metacore, metatools, xportr from Pharmaverse) and the company's internal resources. We will discuss strategies for overcoming this challenge and how it can be integrated into a company's existing infrastructure, e.g., including the development of in-house R packages and provide internal template scripts/use cases.

Overall, this presentation will provide examples of how R can be used as a powerful complement to traditional statistical programming languages, such as SAS. By embracing R, statistical programmers can expand their toolkits, collaborate across the industry to tackle common issues, and most importantly, provide value to their organizations/industry.

Vancouver, BC, Canada
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