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Prediction in the cloud: turbulent

May 19, 2010
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While Microsoft rolled out its Technical Computing Initiative -- promising new tools for distributed parallel computing on large data sets in the cloud -- with much fanfare earlier this week, Google made a rather more understated response. In a post to the developer-focused Google Code Blog, they quietly announced two new, but potentially disruptive, products. Google BigQuery promises super-fast...

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Introduction to Revolution R webinar tomorrow, May 20

May 19, 2010
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A quick reminder that I'll be hosting a free webinar tomorrow. Mainly intended for those new to R and Revolution, An Introduction to Revolution R will give an overview and history of the R Project and the additional features of the Revolution R products. But even if you've used R before, there will be lots of useful tips and...

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Parallel Computing with R for Life Sciences

May 18, 2010
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I hadn't heard of the CloudAsia 2010 conference before, but from the programme the workshop Master Class on HPC Application For Life Sciences looked like it was interesting. One workshop session in particular caught my eye: Practical Parallel Computing in R by Xie Chao and Tan Tin Wee (from the National University of Singapore). The workshop notes (PDF) provide...

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Winning the first game in a baseball series: a harbinger, or not?

May 17, 2010
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Winning the first game in a baseball series: a harbinger, or not?

For those not familiar with the major-league baseball in the US (and despite living here for more than 10 years, I still include myself in that category), the games usually played in series: team A visits the home of team B, and the two teams play two or more games against each other on successive days. It's common wisdom...

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Because it’s Friday: Optical Illusion

May 14, 2010
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See more of the best illusions of 2010 at the link below. Best Illusion of the Year Contest: Top finalists in the 2010 contest

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New R User Group in Boston

May 14, 2010
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There's another new R User Group, this time in Boston: the New England R User Group. Their first meeting will be on Tuesday, May 25. Get all the info by joining the Google Group at the link below. Google Groups: New England R User Group

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In case you missed it: April Roundup

May 13, 2010
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In case you missed them, here are some articles from last month of particular interest to R users. We announced the availability of Revolution R Community 3.2 (based on R 2.10.1), now 100% open source, and including a new doMC package for parallel computing on Windows. We announced that Revolution R Enterprise is now available free of charge to...

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Revolution Analytics and R in the news

May 12, 2010
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It was quite the media frenzy for Revolution and R last week. In conjunction with our relaunch as Revolution Analytics, we spoke to more than a dozen journalists and analysts to explain why we think R is at the center of a perfect storm for predictive analytics: with routine collection of large data sets, data analysis is now a...

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Webinar May 20: Introduction to Revolution R

May 11, 2010
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I'll be giving a live webinar on Thursday next week (May 20) titled Introduction to Revolution R. If you're new to the R world and wondering what you can do with R, this webinar is for you. I'll also be introducing some of the functionality unique to Revolution R included in our Revolution R Community (free to everyone) and...

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R function names, explained

May 11, 2010
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Why is the function to print out text in R named "cat"? Why is the function to delete objects called "rm"? Unless you have a background in Unix (or Linux) programming, some of R's command names can seem, well, a bit arcane. Jeromy Anglim explains the provenance of many of R's command names in this post: the details are...

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