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How to integrate R into web-based applications (video)

January 20, 2010
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The slides and videos from Jeff Horner's talk at last week's Bay Area User Group session on R-Powered Web Apps are now available. I've embedded it here below, but you might want to click through to larger size for better readability on the slides. Jeff's talk (titled "Use Rapache! It works") gives an overview of how to integrate R...

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New UseR group in Seattle, WA

January 19, 2010
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There's a new local R user group to add to the list. The latest addition is in Seattle, WA and the first meeting of the Seattle useR Group is tomorrow. The group is organized by Zack Stednick (a data analyst and R user at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle), and this meeting is hosted by my...

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Introduce your friends to R

January 19, 2010
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R has gotten quite a lot of exposure recently. It started with the feature article in the New York Times last January, but since then there's been a steady flow of articles about R in analyst reports, on blogs, in YouTube videos, on Twitter, as well as in the general news media. As a result, a lot of new...

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New features in ggplot2 version 0.85

January 18, 2010
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Hadley Wickham recently updated the ggplot2 package for R to version 0.8.5. In addition to bugfixes and performance improvements, this version introduces some handy new features. Among them: the ability to display mathematical equations as text, automatic legends for color scales, and user-configurable axis labels and legend titles. The Learning R blog runs through the new features with worked...

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A tale of two visualizations (because it’s Friday)

January 15, 2010
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A tale of two visualizations (because it’s Friday)

GEEK FIGHT!!! says JD Long on Twitter as the New York Times publishes a widely-reposted interactive graphic about Netflix rental data, and the Wall Street Journal also gets into the interactive-viz game with a graphic on bank bonuses. If it's a fight, it's a knockout in the first round, if you ask me. There's no surprise why the Netflix...

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Equivalents to SAS, SPSS modules in R

January 15, 2010
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Bob Muenchen, the author of R for SAS and SPSS Users, has created a handy table listing the R packages that implement the statistical methods included in add-on modules for SAS and SPSS. For example, if you're looking for the equivalent structural equation modeling functions you might be using in PROC CALIS from SAS/STAT or the SPSS "Amos" software,...

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Coming to R from SQL, Python, SAS, Matlab, or Lisp

January 14, 2010
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The theme of last week's meetup of the New York R User Group was The R Rosetta Stone and focused on translating between R and other data languages: SAS, Matlab, SQL, Python and Clojure. I really wish I'd been there, because it's a great topic -- one of the best ways to get started with R is to bootstrap...

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Quick thoughts on “R-Powered Web Apps”

January 13, 2010
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Good session at last nights Bay Area UseR Group meeting on R-Powered Web Apps. First of all, there's clearly a lot of interest in using R in Web-based applications: although the program was only announced a week ago, more than 100 people showed up for the talks from Jeff Horner and Jeroen Oons. Second, the Twitter offices are very...

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In case you missed it: December roundup

January 12, 2010
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In case you missed them, here are some articles from last month of particular interest to R users. This post looked at a climate change controversy involving the weather in Darwin, Australia and a review of the source data using R. This post showed how to access global weather data from the US National Centers for Environment Prediction using...

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Bay Area User Group: R-Powered Web Apps

January 11, 2010
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For those in the San Francisco area, tomorrow night's Bay Area R User Group meeting -- to be held at Twitter's HQ -- is a must-see. The theme is "R-Powered Web Apps" and features guest speakers Jeroen Ooms and Jeff Horner. (Disclosure: REvolution Computing is sponsoring Jeroen's appearance at this event.) We've featured Jeroen's awesome web-based applications using R...

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