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Analyzing a FriendFeed group with Ruby and R

January 5, 2010
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Analyzing a FriendFeed group with Ruby and R

FriendFeed is a social media service, where groups of people can post interesting information from the Web, and "like" or comment posts from others. Statistical Bioinformatician Neil Saunders is a member of the "Life Scientists" group, and has posted an analysis of the group's activity in 2009 to his blog. He used Ruby and the FriendFeed API to extract...

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O’Reilly’s R is a Harpy Eagle

January 4, 2010
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O’Reilly’s R is a Harpy Eagle

Today marks the hardcopy availability of the first book dedicated to R from O'Reilly, R in a Nutshell. In the familiar O'Reilly style, the cover is adorned with an illustration of an animal, in this case a harpy eagle: The book is written by Joe Adler, a data analyst and the author of Baseball Hacks. In contrast to the...

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Because it’s Friday: The inner life of a cell

December 31, 2009
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Happy New Year, everyone. In celebration of the New Year, enjoy this celebration of the workings of life from Harvard University. More at the link below: 3 Quarks Daily: The inner life of the cell

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R/Finance 2010, April 16-17 in Chicago

December 31, 2009
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Today is the last day to submit abstracts for the R/Finance 2010 conference to be held in Chicago on April 16-17. If you're not planning on speaking, but are interested in applications of R in Finance, be sure to add this to your calendar -- last year's conference was an outstanding event. Here's some more information about the conference...

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What’s up with Darwin’s weather?

December 30, 2009
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What’s up with Darwin’s weather?

Darwin is a the capital city of Australia's Northern Territory. Lying on the coast of far Northern Australia, it's situated well in the tropics and as a result has hot, steamy, monsoonal weather. Darwin's weather has already had impact on urban culture, and now it seems it's had a political impact too: it's been at in the middle of...

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Speed-reading files, revisited

December 29, 2009
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Speed-reading files, revisited

In a post earlier this month, it seemed as though compressing a data file before reading it into R could save you some time. With some feedback from readers and further experimentation, we might need to revisit that conclusion To recap, in our previous experiment it took 170 seconds to read a 182Mb text file into R. But if...

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Video: Visualizing data in R using ggplot2

December 28, 2009
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At the most recent New York R User Group meetup, the topic was creating graphics in R with the ggplot2 package. Drew Conway's talk, "Making pretty pictures with ggplot2" gave several practical examples of visualizing data with ggplot2 and is well worth checking out: You can follow along with Drew's slides, which are downloadable from his blog. (Update: you...

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Merry Christmas using R

December 25, 2009
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Yihui creates an Christmas greeting using R: See the R code to create an animated message in Flash here: Keep on Fighting: Merry Christmas Using R

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Because it’s Christmas: Microbe Mario

December 25, 2009
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Because it’s Christmas: Microbe Mario

He's no Father Christmas, but he is dressed in festive red and green, and he's made of bacteria. This image, Mario, was submitted to the 2009 international Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition by Team Osaka from the nanobiology laboratories at the University of Osaka, Japan. They genetically engineered bacteria to express fluorescent proteins and carotenoid pigments to create works...

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A web-based graphics application based on R

December 24, 2009
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A web-based graphics application based on R

FlowingData recently took a look at Jeroen Ooms' latest web-based statistical tool based on R. We've looked at his tools for random-effects models and finance visualizations before, but this one is a more general tool for creating graphs from data sets using the ggplot2 package. It's pretty slick. All you need to do is upload a data set (in...

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