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An R package that provides access to the code and data sets published by FiveThirtyEight Note that while we received guidance from editors at 538, this package is not officially published by 538.


Get the latest released version from CRAN:


Or the development version from GitHub:

# If you haven't installed the remotes package yet, do so:
# install.packages("remotes")
remotes::install_github("rudeboybert/fivethirtyeight", build_vignettes = TRUE)



# Load the bechdel data set. Note that all data in the fivethirtyeight package
# is lazy-loaded, so one can also access this data without running data(bechdel).

# If using RStudio:

To see a detailed list of all 127 datasets, including information on the corresponding articles published on, click here.

Article in “Technology Innovations in Statistics Education”

The fivethirtyeight package was featured in The fivethirtyeight R Package: “Tame Data” Principles for Introductory Statistics and Data Science Courses by Kim, Ismay, and Chunn (2018) published in Volume 11, Issue 1 of the journal “Technology Innovations in Statistics Education”.

Abstract: As statistics and data science instructors, we often seek to use data in our courses that are rich, real, realistic, and relevant. To this end we created the fivethirtyeight R package of data and code behind the stories and interactives at the data journalism website After a discussion on the conflicting pedagogical goals of “minimizing prerequisites to research” (Cobb 2015) while at the same time presenting students with a realistic view of data as it exists “in the wild,” we articulate how a desired balance between these two goals informed the design of the package. The details behind this balance are articulated as our proposed “Tame data principles for introductory statistics and data science courses.” Details of the package’s construction and example uses are included as well.

Data Analysis Examples in Vignettes

For some data sets, there are user-contributed example analyses in the form a package vignette. For example, look at “Bechdel analysis using the tidyverse based on the bechdel dataset used in the article The Dollar-And-Cents Case Against Hollywood’s Exclusion of Women. For a complete list of vignettes run

vignette("user_contributed_vignettes", package = "fivethirtyeight")

More Information

  • Andrew Flowers gave a great demonstration of the package and the bechdel vignette during his rstudio::conf talk in Orlando, Florida in January. The video of his talk is available here.
  • Click this Google Sheet for a master spreadsheet connecting
    1. the original 538 data on GitHub with
    2. the data frames in the package with
    3. information on the corresponding article
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