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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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An economist explains: Why I use R

May 10, 2010
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Economist and R blogger JD Long gave a talk last week (as part of the vconf.org project) about why he uses R to do statistical forecasts of agricultural yield for the reinsurance company he works for. I couldn't make the live session, but a replay is now available. The audio's a bit choppy, but if you've every struggled with...

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Revolution’s 2010 roadmap

May 7, 2010
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As part of all the news from yesterday, we also announced our vision and roadmap for the Revolution R product line for 2010. You can see a short summary of our vision in this two-minute video, or see more details in the roadmap whitepaper available for download. But here's a quick overview of our plans: First, we intend to...

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A new site for the R community: inside-R.org

May 6, 2010
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A new site for the R community: inside-R.org

We've just launched a beta/preview of a new website for the R community, inside-R.org. The site is sponsored by Revolution Analytics (who funded its development and maintenance), but it's designed for anyone who uses or has in an interest in the R Project generally. So, you might ask, why another community site for R, when there's already several R...

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Revolution R Enterprise now free to academics

May 6, 2010
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Unlike Revolution R Community which is 100% free to everyone, our commercial-grade Revolution R Enterprise distribution bundles R with proprietary components from our development team, which are normally available only to paying subscribers. (Those subscriptions are the way we get income to keep the company going.) Those components include our full ParallelR libraries for parallel programming, enhanced for 64-bit...

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REvolution Computing is now Revolution Analytics

May 6, 2010
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So, as you may have noticed from the new banner here at the blog, we've changed our name to Revolution Analytics. It's still the same company and the same people, and still focused around the R Project, but now with a fresh new look and lots of exciting news. I'll be blogging about our new academic program, our new...

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13 videos for learning R

May 5, 2010
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Jeromy Anglim has just posted a nice round-up of instructional videos for learning R. The videos are categorized into four levels: What is R? Introductory R? Intermediate and Advanced Materials on R and Related Resources (including a link to written resources for getting started with R). Check out all the links at Jeromy's post, linked below. Jeromy Anglim's blog:...

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Where do you want an R User Group?

May 4, 2010
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Wishing there was a local R User's group in your area, but can't find one? New user groups are springing up all the time, but you can kickstart the process by registering interest for a group in your area at meetup.com. As you can see from the map below, there's interest in many places -- your vote could prompt...

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Introduction to R, live virtual talk from JD Long tomorrow

May 3, 2010
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JD Long (of Cerebral Mastication fame) will be giving a live "virtual talk" introducing R: "What it's best at and how you can use it to help you massage data". The talk will be at 7:30PM Pacific time tomorrow, Tuesday May 4. You can register at the link below. vconf.org: Presentation: R The Language

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Which font uses the most ink?

April 30, 2010
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Which font uses the most ink?

If you're being particularly cost-conscious about your use of printer ink or toner, you may be wondering which font you should choose to minimize ink use. Here's an infographic with the answer: This is an interesting infographic in its own right, but what makes it cool is that these are not photoshopped images of Bic biros. Matt Robinson created...

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