Let’s tackle some of the biggest questions a person who has never heard of the “tidyverse” might ask.

What is the “tidyverse”?

Literally, it is a set of packages that follow “tidy” data principles. The main packages include ggplot2, dplyr and tidyr. More information can be found at the tidyverse website.

What are “tidy” data principles?

Here’s a quote from the vignette for the tidyr package written by Hadley Wickham, who is the author of several of the tidyverse packages and one of the leaders of the tidyverse “movement”. 1

To help visualize these principles, here’s an image from R for Data Science, a free online book co-authored by Garrett Grolemund and Hadley Wickham.