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Benchmarks of RRO on OSX and Ubuntu

April 29, 2015
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Benchmarks of RRO on OSX and Ubuntu

Bay Area engineer Vineet Abraham recently ran some benchmarks for Revolution R Open (RRO) running on Mac OS X and on Ubuntu. Thanks to the multi-threaded processing capabilites of RRO, several operations ran much faster than R downloaded from CRAN, without having to change any code: For the most part, RRO performs significantly faster than standard R both locally...

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See R in action at the BUILD conference

April 29, 2015
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See R in action at the BUILD conference

Build 2015, the Microsoft conference which brings around 5,000 developers to the Moscone Center in San Francisco, begins tomorrow. The conference is sold out, but you can livestream the keynote presentations from buildwindows.com to catch all the big announcements. You can also follow along on Twitter at the #Build2015 hashtag. There will be a major keynote presentation featuring CEO...

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Awesome-R: A curated list of the best add-ons for R

April 27, 2015
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One of the great things about R is that there's so much available to use with it: there are several interfaces to choose from, thousands of add-on packages to extend its capabilites, hundreds of books and on-line tutorials — an abundance of riches to improve your R experience. But with that abundance comes a problem: how to find the...

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Blue period: Analyzing the color of paintings with R

April 24, 2015
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Blue period: Analyzing the color of paintings with R

While movies have been getting more orange with time, painting have been going the other direction. Paintings today are generally more blue than they were a few hundred years ago. The image above shows the color spectrum of almost 100,000 paintings created since 1800. Martin Bellander used R to create the image, by scraping images from the BBC YourPaintings...

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Microsoft hiring engineers for R projects

April 22, 2015
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Are you a talented software engineer who would like to build out the R ecosystem and help more companies access the power of R? Microsoft (Revolution Analytics' parent) is hiring a new team to do just that: Our mission is to empower enterprises to easily and cost-effectively build high-scale analytics solutions leveraging R. Exponential growth has transformed data into...

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Financial Times tracks unemployment with R

April 20, 2015
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Financial Times tracks unemployment with R

The FT Data section of the Financial Times now has a neat interactive unemployment tracker (free but onerous registration required) that lets you explore employment rates and trends in EU member countries from 2004-2013: The graphic was created by FT Data Journalist John-Burn Murdoch with R. To automate the process of collecting the underlying data, Murdoch used the R...

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R 3.2.0 released

April 17, 2015
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The R Core Team announced yesterday that the latest update to R, R 3.2.0 (codename: "Full of Ingredients") is now available. As of this writing the source bundle is available for download, but Mac and Windows binaries aren't yet available. You should be able to download them from your local CRAN mirror in the next day or so. This...

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Using R in Myanmar (and other low-bandwidth environments)

April 15, 2015
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Using R in Myanmar (and other low-bandwidth environments)

R is already in use in well over 100 cities around the world, and now we can add another to the list: Yangon, Myanmar. Ben Marwick is a trainer with Software Carpentry (a non-profit organization devoted to improving basic computing skills among researchers in science, engineering, medicine, and other disciplines), and last month he visited the University of Yangon...

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In case you missed it: March 2015 roundup

April 13, 2015
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In case you missed them, here are some articles from March of particular interest to R users. Overview of "Targeted learning" packages for R, including SuperLearner and tmle. The 7 most common R error messages, by frequency of mentions on StackOverflow. Slides and a webinar replay on reproducible data analysis with R and the "checkpoint" package. Joseph Rickert reviews...

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New packages for reading data into R — fast

April 10, 2015
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Hadley Wickham and the RStudio team have created some new packages for R, which will be very useful for anyone who needs to read data into R (that is, everyone). The readr package provides functions for reading text data into R, and the readxl package provides functions for reading Excel spreadsheet data into R. Both are much faster than...

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