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Predicting Pizza

March 26, 2010
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Predicting Pizza

What's the secret to the best pizza in New York? That's what statistical consultant and R user Jared Lander sought to find out, by analyzing the rankings of NY pizza joints at MenuPages.com, and building a regression model for ratings based on variables like localion, price, number of reviews, and pizza-oven type (gas, coal or wood)? Here's a scatterplot...

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Future of Open Source Survey – Results

March 25, 2010
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The results of the 2010 Future of Open Source survey were presented at last week's Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco, and here are they are in slide format: While I was at the presentation I captured a few additional tidbits from the presentation that weren't in the slides. The continued growth of open-source generally was a prevalent...

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Statistical learning with MARS

March 24, 2010
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Steve Miller at the InformationManagement blog has been looking at predictive analytics tools for business intelligence applications, and naturally turns to the statistical modeling and prediction capabilities of R. Says Steve: The R Project for Statistical Computing continues to dazzle in the open source world, with exciting new leadership at Revolution Computing promising to align commercial R with business...

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Video: Hadley Wickham gives a short course on graphics with R

March 23, 2010
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Video: Hadley Wickham gives a short course on graphics with R

Hadley Wickham (the creator of the popular ggplot2 graphics package for R) has posted video of a 2-hour short course on Visualisation in R at his blip.tv channel. The video is split into four thirty-minute segments: Basic Graphics Displaying Large Data Data manipulation and transformations Polishing your plots for publication The course is peppered with self-guided exercises, for which...

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R 2.11.0 scheduled for April 22

March 22, 2010
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Announced this morning on the r-announce mailing list is the impending release of R 2.11.0, scheduled for April 22. As usual, the release soon goes into a beta-test phase, with updated sources to be available on the 22nd and binaries to follow a few days thereafter.

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Charting SVN commits with R

March 22, 2010
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Charting SVN commits with R

Want to get a quick sense of who are the most active committers to your SVN project? Using just a few lines of R code and the SVN log file, reader and new R user Rhys Kidd created this chart to review commits to the Freespace 2 Source Code Project: Rhys posts the 6 lines of R code to...

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Because it’s Friday: Kittens, beware Tufte

March 19, 2010
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Because it’s Friday: Kittens, beware Tufte

Edward Tufte has been a tireless promoter of good infographics, and he's even taken some controversial steps to rid the world of chartjunk. But now he's gone too far: Then again, this chart from the Wall Street Journal could lead anyone to felinicide: What's wrong with a simple bar chart, WSJ? Mark Goetz: My New Wallpaper (via @sarahd23 and...

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Webinar: High-Performance Analytics with R and Microsoft HPC Server

March 18, 2010
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On April 14 I'll be giving a new webinar in partnership with Microsoft on High-Performance Computing with R. I'll be focusing on the new parallel programming capabilities of REvolution R Enterprise 3.1 for Windows, and how to use the features of Microsoft HPC Server to enable computing on clusters. Here's the complete agenda, and you can register at the...

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O’Reilly at OSBC: The future’s in the data

March 17, 2010
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Tim O'Reilly's keynote talk at OSBC this evening was thought-provoking to say the least. The title of the talk was "The Real Open Source Opportunity", and the surprise for me was that he wasn't talking about Open Source software. Tim's insight, and it's a profound one, is that the next frontier for freedom and openness -- and indeed, the...

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OSBC blogging

March 17, 2010
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I'm at the Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco today and tomorrow; I'll report in with updates after the talks. I'm particularly looking forward to the panel discussion on The Shifting Open Source Opportunity moderated by Ashlee Vance, the New York Times reporter who wrote the major story on R last year. (Interesting aside: I learned recently that...

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