Yihui Xie

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Yihui Xie (Chinese: 谢益辉) is a Chinese statistician and data scientist . He is the main author of the open-source Knitr package for data analysis in the R programming language, and has also written the book Dynamic Documents with R and knitr. He works as a software engineer for RStudio.

Early life and education[edit]

Yihui Xie graduated from Renmin University of China with a bachelor's degree in Economics and master's degree in Statistics. He has a Ph.D from Iowa State University with advisors Di Cook and Heike Hofmann.


Yihui Xie created the animation package in R which allows animation in graphics through R.[1] He then authored the knitr package which makes reproducible research available from R. Since 2013, he has been working with RStudio, the makers of the RStudio IDE for the R programming language.


He has been awarded the John M. Chambers Statistical Software Award, ASA, 2009 (for the R package animation).[2]



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