Most of the coding effort that went into the Neandertal paper was focused on combining those pre-existing datasets I mentioned and finding certain things within those datasets. I've been splitting each of the steps I accomplished into "tasks" that I've been sharing with a few members of the Perry lab who wished to sharpen their R skills (see left). I've attempted to keep descriptions for each task detailed yet vague - a bit of struggle is good for learning how to write code :)
We've been using a shared Dropbox folder to assign each task and disperse all necessary files, and after a couple of days we meet to discuss outcomes. We chat about how each of them completed the task, and then about how I had originally worked through it. I think every single meeting we've come up with different ways for achieving the same result, but like I mention earlier in my disclaimer, that's what this whole tutorial was about.