Chapter 1 About this book

This book is an open source document. The book is built using the bookdown package (Xie 2019) in R, and pandoc.

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1.1 Contributors

This project is coordinated by Andrew Apostoli, and Adam Martin. Our two laboratory technicians, Tom Meulendyk and Chai Chen, have provided us with great feedback and suggestions. This book is the successor to the 2015-2018 lab manuals that were written by Carl Mitchell and Keane Tirona.

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Xie, Yihui. 2019. Bookdown: Authoring Books and Technical Documents with R Markdown.