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Goodbye, gather and spread; Hello pivot_long and pivot_wide

John Mount covers a change in tidyr which mimics Mount and Nina Zumel’s pivot_to_rowrecs and unpivot_to_blocks functions in the cdata package:

If you want to work in the above way we suggest giving our cdatapackage a try. We named the functions pivot_to_rowrecs and unpivot_to_blocks. The idea was: by emphasizing the record structure one might eventually internalize what the transforms are doing. On the way to that we have a lot of documentation and tutorials.

This is your regular reminder that the Tidyverse is very useful, but it is not the entirety of R.