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An infographic comparing R, SAS and SPSS

June 20, 2014
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An infographic comparing R, SAS and SPSS

The R online training site DataCamp has created an infographic comparing R, SAS and SPSS. Provocatively titled "Statistical Language Wars", the infographic compares the history, purpose, ease of learning, popularity and marketability of skills in each of the three systems. Here's a small detail (click for the full chart): The chart also includes a couple of examples of companies...

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Where World Cup players actually come from

June 18, 2014
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Where World Cup players actually come from

To play in a World Cup national soccer team, a player must be a citizen of that country. But most World Cup players don't regularly play in the nation of their World Cup team. Some hold dual citizenship; others simply play for a league team in a foreign country where citizenship rules don't apply. In this elegant chart, Guy...

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R popularity update

June 16, 2014
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R popularity update

Earlier this month, the results of the 15th annual KDnuggets Software Poll were released and R's popularity continues to grow. 38.5% of respondents reporting using open source R in the last 12 months, up from 37.4% in 2013. R was second only to RapidMiner in popularity, which was used by 44.2% of respondents to this poll. You can see...

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Hollywood loves orange and blue

June 13, 2014
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Hollywood loves orange and blue

Ever since the days of digital film processing, cinematographers have had free rein to recolor their shots in any way they like, without the hassle of chemical developing systems from the old film days. The Coen Brothers' Oh Brother Where Art Thou was the first Hollywood film to use this process, giving the film a washed-out yellow hue reminiscent...

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More companies using R: Uber and CultureAmp

June 11, 2014
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More companies using R: Uber and CultureAmp

To follow on from this post, here are a couple more companies using R: Uber, the ride-share company, uses R for statistical analysis. According to econometric analysis of DUI incidents (driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs) in Seattle, the introduction of the Uber service corresponded with a 10% decrease in DUIs (about 5 a week). The analysis...

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In case you missed it: May 2014 Roundup

June 9, 2014
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In case you missed them, here are some articles from May of particular interest to R users: Karl Broman's hipsteR guide lists some new(ish) features of R that early adopters may have missed. Joseph Rickert reviews the R/Finance 2014 conference and summarizes the R packages presented there. Plus, a review of R's impact on computational finance, with links to...

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On the relevance of open source analytics

June 6, 2014
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"A growing body of evidence that indicates that the most meaningful way to access predictive analytics and enhance the reputation of Data Science is through open source analytics, which greatly hinges upon the free open source programming language R", according to Dataversity in the recent article "The Relevance of Open Source (Advanced) Analytics". The article also includes several business...

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Reflections on the China R User Conference

June 6, 2014
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Reflections on the China R User Conference

It was a great honour to be able to present to the China R Users Conference in Beijing last month, and share various applications of R that I've encountered recently. I was really invigorated by the enthusiasm of the many R users at the conference, and everyone was very warm and friendly. Here's a photo I took from the...

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A million new R users

June 4, 2014
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Check out this tweet: Just found out that @rdpeng @jtleek @bcaffo have enrolled 1,000,000 students in statistics classes on @coursera in last 2 years. — Simply Statistics (@simplystats) May 30, 2014 Those courses include Roger Peng's Computing for Data Analysis and Jeff Leek's "Data Analysis", and they all use the R language. That means more than 1,000,000 new students...

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useR! 2014 conference update

June 2, 2014
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The useR! 2014 conference promises to be the biggest yet, with more than 500 registrations already. But there's room for plenty more R users! Check out the update from the organizing committer below, and if you haven't already done so, register for the conference at the useR! 2014 website. We are exactly one month away from the useR! 2014...

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