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Introducing the Microsoft Data Science Summit, Sep 26-27

July 21, 2016
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Microsoft has a brand-new conference, exclusively for data scientists, big data engineers, and machine learning practitioners. The Microsoft Data Science Summit, to be held in Atlanta GA, September 26-27, will feature talks and lab sessions from Microsoft engineers and thought leaders on using data science techniques and Microsoft technology, applied to real-world problems. Included in the agenda are several...

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An analysis of Pokémon Go types, created with R

July 20, 2016
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An analysis of Pokémon Go types, created with R

As anyone who has tried Pokémon Go recently is probably aware, Pokémon come in different types. A Pokémon's type affects where and when it appears, and the types of attacks it is vulnerable to. Some types, like Normal, Water and Grass are common; others, like Fairy and Dragon are rare. Many Pokémon have two or more types. To get...

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The trick to understanding NAs (missing values) in R

July 18, 2016
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Here's a little puzzle that might shed some light on some apparently confusing behaviour by missing values (NAs) in R: What is NA^0 in R? You can get the answer easily by typing at the R command line: > NA^0 1 But the interesting question that arises is: why is it 1? Most people might expect that the...

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How R is used at Microsoft

July 15, 2016
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At the useR! conference last month, I was pleased to be able to give a couple of talks about the ways that Microsoft is using and integrating R. In my first talk, Hear, See, Move, I shared how data scientists at Microsoft are working to help the disabled: During the talk I gave some pointers to some of the...

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Introducing the free Microsoft R Client

July 11, 2016
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Over the years, we've shared several posts on using the ScaleR package to import, process, visualize and analyze large data sets with R. Until now, you needed to have access to a Microsoft R Server license to take advantage of the package. Now, you can use all of the capabilities of ScaleR free of charge with Microsoft R Client...

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In case you missed it: June 2016 roundup

July 8, 2016
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In case you missed them, here are some articles from June of particular interest to R users. A preview of the tutorials presented at the useR! 2016 conference. A "advanced beginner's" guide to R published by ComputerWorld includes guides on data wrangling, visualization, and data APIs. Microsoft R Server now runs on Apache Spark, bringing high performance to big-data...

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The history of R’s predecessor, S, from co-creator Rick Becker

July 6, 2016
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The history of R’s predecessor, S, from co-creator Rick Becker

Before there was R, there was S. R was modeled on a language developed at AT&T Bell Labs starting in 1976 by Rick Becker and John Chambers (and, later, Alan Wilks) along with Doug Dunn, Jean McRae, and Judy Schilling. At last week's useR! conference, Rick Becker gave a fascinating keynote address, Forty Years of S. His talk recounts...

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Run compiled R packages in AzureML

July 1, 2016
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Run compiled R packages in AzureML

We've shown a few times here how you can run R code on data in the cloud with Azure ML Studio, and even how to enable that code as a web service to be called from other applications. But what if you want to run code in a compiled language, like C++? Fortunately, you can take advantage of R's...

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Computerworld’s advanced beginner’s guide to R

June 29, 2016
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Computerworld’s advanced beginner’s guide to R

Many newcomers to R got their start learning the language with Computerworld's Beginner's Guide to R, a 6-part introduction to the basics of the language. Now, budding R users who want to take their skills to the next level have a new guide to help them: Computerword's Advanced Beginner's Guide to R. Written by Sharon Machlis, author of the...

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Livestreaming of useR! 2016 conference begins tomorrow, June 28

June 27, 2016
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Livestreaming of useR! 2016 conference begins tomorrow, June 28

The useR! 2016 conference, the annual gathering of R users from around the world, is already underway at Stanford University. Today is a day of interactive tutorials, and the presentation program begins tomorrow. But don't worry if you weren't able to make it to California, or if you missed out on getting a ticket for the conference. (You're not...

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