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Is there an R package for accessing the StackOverflow questions, answers, user profiles, badges, etc. through an API? I would like to make a word cloud of popular tags and other such plots.

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You mean an API for Stack Exchange Data Explorer ? – AsheeshR Apr 3 '13 at 14:00
You would probably have the most luck downloading a StackExchange query into a CSV file, and then reading it from there into R – David Robinson Apr 3 '13 at 14:07
Doesn't appear to exist yet - but the methods you want for what you describe are very easy to use. Data dumps might be more useful for you - I'm not overly familiar with R. – Tim Post Apr 3 '13 at 14:08
Using a RESTful Web Service to grab the Stack Exchange Data Explorer collections and converting them locally to CSV's should do the job. No extra API's needed. – mate64 Apr 3 '13 at 14:36
I've duplicated this thread on the regular StackOverflow page, so for those interested, check it out, too: – Glenn Strycker Apr 3 '13 at 15:01
@GlennStrycker That question is not constructive. Please don't ask questions of that nature on the main site. – casperOne Apr 3 '13 at 15:07
Ugg, someone deleted it. There were useful links and posts there, too. – Glenn Strycker Apr 3 '13 at 15:27
link one link two link three link four – Won't Apr 3 '13 at 16:59
up vote 8 down vote accepted

There have been several attempts at providing such access to the API from R :

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This package might serve your purpose - stackr: an R package for connecting to the Stack Exchange API .

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