Review of
"Does ethnic density influence community participation in mass participation physical activity events?"

Review of "Does ethnic density influence community participation in mass participation physical activity events?"

Submitted by PatriZa  

Nov. 10, 2022, 2:05 p.m.

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Did you manage to reproduce it?
Partially Reproducible
Reproducibility rating
How much of the paper did you manage to reproduce?
7 / 10
Briefly describe the procedure followed/tools used to reproduce it

We used R studio to reprocude the results and followed the steps mentioned at the webpage:


Install rStudio
Clone this repository git clone
Open DoPE_Public.Rproj in rStudio
Run install.packages("renv") in the R terminal
Run renv::restore() in the R terminal

Running the code

    R\src1_data_proc.R Purpose: To clean data ready for analysis Outputs: a single .csv file.
    R\src2_analysis.R Purpose: Undertake statistical analysis
    Outputs: Regression tables and visuals


Stargazer gave the usual error message and we and tried to use the workaround at but that did not work. However, the stargazer function worked when we defined the df outside of it.

The remainder of the code worked well but we got different numbers in the descriptions statistics and regression outputs than presented in the paper. For example, number of finishers was 34,753 instead of 32,844.

Briefly describe your familiarity with the procedure/tools used by the paper.

We were very familiar with R studio and the methods used in the paper except with the "renv"-package.

Which type of operating system were you working in?
Windows Operating System
What additional software did you need to install?


What software did you use


What were the main challenges you ran into (if any)?

When installing the packages with "renv," the "terra"-package led to an error. We solved this problem by deleting it from "renv.lock".

We also tried to reproduce the findings in MacOS 12.6, but there the installation procedure was even more difficult. The problem was solved by building the project anew and not cloning it from Github. (Which was easy.) The other problems were the same as for Windows except there was no error message shown in stargazer.

What were the positive features of this approach?

R is an amazing software to reproduce the results. The codes were easy to understand.

Any other comments/suggestions on the reproducibility approach?


Documentation rating
How well was the material documented?
10 / 10
How could the documentation be improved?

The documentation was good enough. Maybe one could describe how "renv" works, but one can also easily google that information.

What do you like about the documentation?

The documentation was easy to understand and follow.

After attempting to reproduce, how familiar do you feel with the code and methods used in the paper?
10 / 10
Any suggestions on how the analysis could be made more transparent?


Reusability rating
Rate the project on reusability of the material
10 / 10
Permissive Data license included:  
Permissive Code license included:  

Any suggestions on how the project could be more reusable?

Licence for data was only mentioned on the website but not on Github.

Any final comments

(1) On the website The link in "Software availability: Source code available from: bitowaqr/DoPE" does not work, because there is a space in it.

(2) On It is said: "Run install.packages("renv") in the R terminal" However, that's a command that you run in the console.

(3) Warning for future: library(rgdal) gives the warning message "Please note that rgdal will be retired during 2023, plan transition to sf/stars/terra functions using GDAL and PROJ"