Yihui Xie
Chinese: 谢益辉

Alma materRenmin University of China (BS)
Iowa State University (PhD)
Known forKnitr
Scientific career
Statistical graphics
Statistical computing
Reproducible research[1]
ThesisDynamic Graphics and Reporting for Statistics (2013)
Doctoral advisorDi Cook
Heike Hofmann[2]

Yihui Xie (Chinese: 谢益辉) is a Chinese statistician, data scientist and software engineer for RStudio.[3][1][4] He is the principal author of the open-source software package Knitr for data analysis in the R programming language, and has also written the book Dynamic Documents with R and knitr.[5]

Early life and education

Yihui Xie graduated from Renmin University of China with a bachelor's degree in Economics[citation needed] and master's degree in Statistics.[when?] He earned his Ph.D from Iowa State University supervised by Di Cook and Heike Hofmann.[2][6]

Career and research

Yihui Xie created the animation package in R which allows animation in graphics through R.[7] He then authored the knitr package which makes reproducible research available from R. Since 2013, he has been working with RStudio, the makers of an Integrated development environment (IDE) for the R programming language.

Awards and honors

Xie was awarded the John M. Chambers statistical software award by American Statistical Association (ASA) in 2009 for the R package animation.[8]


His publications[1][4][9] include:


  1. ^ a b c Yihui Xie publications indexed by Google Scholar Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b Yihui Xie at the Mathematics Genealogy Project Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ "Yihui Xie Interview at UseR". datascience.la. 2014.
  4. ^ a b Yihui Xie publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  5. ^ a b Xie, Yihui (2015). Dynamic Documents with R and knitr (2nd ed.). Boca Raton, Florida: Chapman & Hall/CRC The R Series. ISBN 978-1498716963.
  6. ^ Xie, Yihui (2013). Dynamic Graphics and Reporting for Statistics. iastate.edu (PhD thesis). Iowa State University. doi:10.31274/etd-180810-3256. OCLC 880379367. ProQuest 1500559149.
  7. ^ a b Xie, Yihui (2013). "animation: An R Package for Creating Animations and Demonstrating Statistical Methods". Journal of Statistical Software. 53 (1): 1–27. doi:10.18637/jss.v053.i01.
  8. ^ "John M. Chambers Statistical Software Award". stat-computing.org.
  9. ^ Yihui Xie at DBLP Bibliography Server Edit this at Wikidata
  10. ^ Xie, Yihui; Dervieux, Christophe; Riederer, Emily (2020). R Markdown Cookbook. Boca Raton, Florida: Chapman & Hall/CRC The R Series. ISBN 978-0367563837.
  11. ^ Xie, Yihui; Allaire, J.J.; Grolemund, Garrett (2018). R Markdown: The Definitive Guide. Boca Raton, Florida: Chapman & Hall/CRC The R Series. ISBN 978-1138359338.
  12. ^ Xie, Yihui; Hill, Alison; Thomas, Amber (2017). blogdown: Creating Websites with R Markdown. Boca Raton, Florida: Chapman & Hall/CRC The R Series. ISBN 978-0815363729.
  13. ^ Xie, Yihui (2016). bookdown: Authoring Books and Technical Documents with R Markdown. Boca Raton, Florida: Chapman & Hall/CRC The R Series. ISBN 978-1138700109.