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Dirk Eddelbuettel is a Canadian statistician, data scientist and researcher. He is the author of the open-source software package Rcpp,[1] written in the R programming language, and has also written the textbook Seamless R and C++ Integration with Rcpp[2] on the topic.[3] He is co-founder of the R In Finance Conference. In addition, he has contributed to many packages in R as well as the Debian project. He is also a co-creator of the Rocker Project bringing Docker to R.

Early life and education

Eddelbuettel has an M.Sc in Industrial Engineering (Comp.Sci./OR) from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany. He received an M.A. and a PhD in Financial Econometrics from the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences (EHESS) in France.[4]


has been a contributor to CRAN for over a decade. He is the co-author/maintainer of more than sixty packages.[5] He is also the Debian/Ubuntu maintainer for R and other quantitative software, editor of the CRAN Task Views for Finance and High-Performance Computing, co-founder of the annual R/Finance conference, and an editor of the Journal of Statistical Software.[6] He is a member of the R Foundation.[7] and contributed to R-Hub.[8]

Eddelbuettel has been interviewed by Data Science Los Angeles and others.[9][10] He frequently gives talks to the R community.[11][12][13]

He worked as a senior quantitative analyst from 2008 to 2012, and as a senior financial engineer from 2012 to 2018.[14] Currently he is working as a principal software engineer in Chicago.[15]

Eddelbuettel joined University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2018. He works as a (adjunct) Clinical Professor in Statistics where he created and teaches STAT 447: Data Science Programming Methods. He is known to be kind and helpful toward his students.[16]


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  2. ^ "Seamless R and C++ Integration with Rcpp | Dirk Eddelbuettel | Springer". Retrieved 2016-01-13.
  3. ^ "Rcpp book: Seamless R and C++ Integration with Rcpp". Retrieved 2016-01-13.
  4. ^ "Seamless R and C++ Integration with Rcpp | Dirk Eddelbuettel | Springer". Retrieved 2016-01-13.
  5. ^ "Cran Project, Maintainer". Archived from the original on 2008-05-11.
  6. ^ "Seamless R and C++ Integration with Rcpp | Dirk Eddelbuettel | Springer". Retrieved 2016-01-13.
  7. ^ "New leadership of the R Foundation". Retrieved 2016-01-13.
  8. ^ "R Consortium funds first community project, accepting proposals for more | inside-R | A Community Site for R". Retrieved 2016-01-13.
  9. ^ "The R-Files: Dirk Eddelbuettel". Retrieved 2016-01-13.
  10. ^ "Dirk Eddelbuettel, the useR! 2014 Interview | Data Science Los Angeles". DataScience.LA. Retrieved 2016-01-13.
  11. ^ "How to call C++ from R with ease". Retrieved 2016-01-13.
  12. ^ "Google TechTalk on integrating R". Retrieved 2016-01-13.
  13. ^ "Talks". Retrieved 2016-01-13.
  14. ^ Reed Albergotti (25 August 2013). "Indictments Expected in Alleged Trading Code Theft". WSJ. Retrieved 13 January 2016.
  15. ^ "Linkedin: Dirk Eddelbuettel". Archived from the original on 2021-07-27. Retrieved 2021-08-09.
  16. ^ "University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, profile". Archived from the original on 2020-05-29. Retrieved 2021-08-09.