A package of functions that I have accumulated through the years and have kept as CommonlyUsedFunctions.R on my hard drive and would use source() to utilize these functions. Finally upgraded to building my CommonlyUsedFunctions.R into a functional package.

Using library(roxygen2) and R-studio “R-package Project” I constructed this package to be shareable amongst collaborators and generally be helpful in day-to-day analyses. Most of these functions are highly specific and constructed in my mind knowing what I knew at the time. Most functions presumably could be optimized, make no sense to others or are redundant with other packages.

Please excuse any grammatical/text errors

AnalystHelper Installation

install.packages("devtools");# if you do not have it installed on your PC

Package contents

This package has several objective includes accessing environmental data, manipulating data and visualizing the data.

Objectives (not all functions are identified here):

  1. South Florida Water Management District Online Environmental Database (DBHYDRO).

    Several functions were developed to directly download data into R from DBHYDRO using URL-based data access (see DBHYDRO User Manual)

    • For water quality, soil, fish and vegetation specific data use DBHYDRO_WQ(). This function requires a date range, Station ID and parameter(s) to be specified. See DBHYDRO User Manual for more information.
    • Daily water water level, discharge and meterolgical specific data use DBHYDRO_daily(). This function requires a date range and site/data-type identifier called a DBKEY (for more information see DBHYDRO User Manual).
    • Breakpoint (typically 15-minute interval) water level, discharge and meterolgical specific data use DBHYDRO_breakpoint(). This function requires a date range and site/data-type identifier called a DBKEY (for more information see DBHYDRO User Manual).
  2. Data manipulation/handling

    Several functions revolve around data screening, calculating or converting data for further evalution.

    • Several of the functions revolve around evaluting dissolved oxygen data including DO.Screening(), DO_PerSat(), DO.Screening() was developed to handle dissolved oxygen and associated data to identify possible erronous data (i.e. date recorded outside the normal range of Dissolved Oxygen, Temperature or time-frame). DO_PerSat() is to convert dissolved oxygen concentration to percent saturation to be used to evalute complaince with established water quality standards. was developed to calculate water quality standards specific to dissolved oxygen for class-III streams in Florida (See ? for more information).
    • A couple of functions were developed to handle salinity and conductance data. and SalinityCalc() were developed to calculate specific conductance and salinity from conductance and temperature.
    • Once function was developed to handle nitrogen data. Total nitrogen is calculated as the sum of Nitrate, Nitrite and Total Kjeldahl Nitrogen. Total Nitrogen can also be directly determined. Therefore TN_Combine() will calculate total nitrogen and if total nitrogen (direct measure) data is present it will combine calculated and direct measure into one field.
  3. Additional basic statistical analyses

    Other basic statsitical functions including standard error (SE()), sample size/count (N()) and coefficient of variation (cv.per()) were developed to help provide statistical summaries of large datasets.

  4. Plotting

    I am partial to plotting using base functions. To reduce the amount of code and optimize data visulaizations several functions were developed.

  5. Date and time functions

    Working with date fields correctly in R can be onerous, therefore a few functions were developed to handle these type of issues. and are the two major date handling functions. Other functions revolving around date fields include WY(),, decimal.WY() and FL.Hydroseason() to calcualte water year, day of water year and wet/dry season respectively.

  6. read.access()

    read.access() streamlines the process of reading MS Access tables into R by using the RODBC package. For some systems, Microsoft Access Database Engine 2010 may need to be install. Here is the link for Redistributable installer.