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Tomorrow, 10AMPT: Live webinar on "checkpoint" package

March 23, 2015
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A quick heads-up that tomorrow (Tuesday) at 10AM Pacific Time I'll be giving a live (and free) webinar: Reproducibility with Revolution R Open and the Checkpoint Package. I'll show you how to use the latest version of the checkpoint package to write R scripts without having to worry about unexpected package updates on CRAN. Here's the full abstract: Good...

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NYC is a city that does sleep, a bit

March 20, 2015
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NYC is a city that does sleep, a bit

The On Broadway project collected more than 600,000 photographs taken near Broadway in New York City during a six-month period in 2014. If you're in New York, you can explore the images in an interactive installation at the New York Public Library though the end of this year. You can also explore them in your browser using this online...

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Updated checkpoint package: faster reproducibility with more feedback

March 18, 2015
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A new version of the checkpoint package for R has just been released on CRAN. With the checkpoint package, you can easily: Write R scripts or projects using CRAN package versions from a specific point in time; Share R scripts with others that will automatically install the appropriate package versions (no need to manually install CRAN packages); Write R...

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The impact of open source software on the data science revolution

March 16, 2015
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It's hard to overstate the role of open-source software in the data science revolution. Tools like Hadoop, Spark, R, and Python are essential parts of the modern data science toolkit. These tools are likewise part of the solutions built by the Consulting Services group at Revolution Analytics. Our VP of Professional Services, Neera Talbert, shares her view on the...

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New Whitepaper: Connect R to other applications with DeployR

March 13, 2015
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New Whitepaper: Connect R to other applications with DeployR

DeployR is a server-based framework that provides simple, secure R integration for application developers. It's available in two editions: DeployR Open, which is free and open-source; and Revolution R Enterprise DeployR, which adds a scalable grid framework and enterprise authentication features for production applications integrated with R. If you're looking for an overview of what DeployR is and how...

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In case you missed it: February 2015 roundup

March 11, 2015
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In case you missed them, here are some articles from February of particular interest to R users. The John M. Chambers Statistical Software Award announcement for 2015. The new R package "distcomp" allows researchers to collaborate on data spread across multiple sites. David Smith's interview with theCUBE on R, data science, and Microsoft's acquisition of Revolution Analytics. R is...

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R 3.1.3 now available

March 9, 2015
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R 3.1.3, the final update in the R 3.1 series, has been released. As of this writing only the source distribution is currently available, but expect binary builds for Windows, Mac and various Linux platforms to appear soon on your local CRAN mirror. As has become usual in March, this release is primarily for minor bugs and improvements in...

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Welcome to the Hadleyverse

March 6, 2015
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It's fair to say that Hadley Wickham, chief scientist at RStudio and a new member of the R Foundation, has made great contributions to the R community. Not only is he the author of several R-related books including Advanced R, Hadley is also the author of dozens of R packages which have transformed the way that data scientists work...

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Color extraction with R

March 4, 2015
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Color extraction with R

Given all the attention the internet has given to the colors of this dress, I thought it would be interesting to look at the capabilities for extracting colors in R. R has a number of packages for importing images in various file formats, including PNG, JPG, TIFF, and BMP. (The readbitmap package works with all of these.) In each...

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ComputerWorld’s R for Beginners Hands-On Guide

March 2, 2015
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Computerworld's Sharon Machlis has done a great service for the R community — and R especially novices — by creating the on-line Beginner's Guide to R. You can read our overview of her guide from 2013 here, but it's been regularly updated since then. As an added bonus, the guide is now available as a downloadable PDF for your...

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