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COINr is a high-level R package which is the first fully-flexible development and analysis environment for composite indicators and scoreboards. The main features can be summarised as features for building, features for analysis and features for visualisation and presentation.

Building features:

Analysis features:

Visualisation and presentation:

COINr also allows fast import from the COIN Tool and fast export to Excel.

In short, COINr aims to allow composite indicators to be developed and prototyped very quickly and in a structured fashion. As of v1.0 it has support for panel data.


COINr is on CRAN and can be installed by running:

# Install released version from CRAN

The development version, which may be slightly more up-to-date, can be installed from GitHub:

# Install development version from GitHub

This should directly install the package from Github, without any other steps. You may be asked to update packages. This might not be strictly necessary, so you can also try skipping this step.

Getting started

COINr needs a little reading and learning to understand properly. But once you have done that, it can be very powerful for developing composite indicators.

A good place to get started is COINr’s “Overview” vignette. Try vignette("overview").

The most thorough documentation is available at COINr’s website (developed using pkgdown). This contains all package documentation in an easy-to-navigate format. All documentation available here is also available by browsing COINr vignettes: see vignette(package = "COINr").

Recent updates

COINr has been recently updated to v1.0, skipping a few version numbers. This has brought in many new features, some discarded features, less dependencies and more robust underlying code. The syntax has also been changed to make the package more consistent. See vignette("v1") to learn about these changes if you were using COINr prior to v1.0.

COINr documentation was previously contained in an online book. This is still available, and although the principles of composite indicators there are still all valid, the code refers strictly to COINr < v.1.0.

If you prefer to roll back to the old COINr, you can still install it as a separate package called “COINr6”. This is available on GitHub: