Introducing workloopR - an R package for muscle physiology data
I haven’t written here in a few months, largely because I have been writing & sharing code elsewhere. It is my pleasure to share that one of these projects has now been published.
workloopR is an R package that is now available through rOpenSci. As I explain in this post on the rOpenSci Blog, studies of muscle physiology have long relied on closed-source, proprietary software for data analyses. This raises the same issues as any other black-box situation: it’s hard to know how analyses are performed or whether things are working properly. To give muscle physiologists a set of tools to help perform reproducible research, workloopR is designed to handle the import, transfomation, and analysis of data from three types of experiments: twitch, tetanus, and of course, work loops.
After writing the package with my lab mate, Shree Senthivasan, all code and documentation was peer-reviewed via rOpenSci. We also wrote a short accompanying paper that has now been published in the Journal of Open Source Software, available here: https://doi.org/10.21105/joss.01856
The package is available on GitHub via rOpenSci: https://github.com/ropensci/workloopR.
I also recommend seeing our documentation site, which includes vignettes: https://docs.ropensci.org/workloopR.