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hipsteR: Learn what you missed in R as an early adopter

May 30, 2014
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If you learned R in its early days (say, the early 2000's or even the late 1990's) you may still be using some — ahem — old-fashioned ways to accomplish some tasks better served by newer functions and packages. To help those of us who have may missed some of R's more recent innovations, Karl Broman created hipsteR, a...

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Benchmarking results compare speed of Revolution R Enterprise and legacy SAS

May 28, 2014
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Many companies are considering switching from SAS to R for statistical data analysis, and may be wondering how R compares in performance and data size scalability to the legacy SAS systems (base SAS and SAS/Stat) they are currently using. Performance and scalability for R is exactly what Revolution R Enterprise (RRE) was designed for. In a recent webinar, Thomas...

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Microsoft uses R for Xbox matchmaking

May 21, 2014
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Microsoft uses R for Xbox matchmaking

If you've ever played online multiplayer games like Halo on the Xbox console, you'll know that being matched up with the right teammates and opponents is a critical part of the experience. Getting matched with an opponent that's way above your skill level isn't just demoralizing for you; it's also a waste of time for them (you generally don't...

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Design the T-shirt for useR! 2014

May 16, 2014
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The official T-shirt for the useR! 2014 R user conference (to be held June 30 - July 3 at UCLA) will be the result of open source contributions and reproducible research. The organizers of the conference are soliciting designs for the official T-shirt — but there's a catch. The image on the front of the T-shirt will be created...

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Mini-Hackathon in Philadelphia, tonight!

May 14, 2014
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If you're in the Philadelphia area and want to hack on some data with other R users this evening, come to the IntegriChain/Revolution Analytics Meetup at Drexel University. There will be an short lecture to introduce the problem, followed by a hacking session (virtual machines with Revolution R software and data will be provided). And of course, plenty of...

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Facebook teaches you exploratory data analysis with R

May 12, 2014
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Facebook is a company that deals with a lot of data — more than 500 terabytes a day — and R is widely used at Facebook to visualize and analyze that data. Applications of R at Facebook include user behaviour, content trends, human resources and even graphics for the IPO prospectus. Now, four R users at Facebook (Moira Burke,...

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Because it’s Friday: the worst place to be stung by a bee

May 9, 2014
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Because it’s Friday: the worst place to be stung by a bee

Ever wondered where on your body is the most painful place to be stung by a bee? Me either, but Michael Smith from Cornell's Department of Neurobiology and Behavior was eager enough to find out that he stung himself 25 to find out which location was the most painful. (Thanks BR for the tip.) The experimental design and the...

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R for Cats: a feline-oriented R tutorial for beginners

May 9, 2014
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R for Cats: a feline-oriented R tutorial for beginners

Looking for a fun and useful intro to R for first-timers, with bonus cat pictures? Look no further than R for Cats, from Scott Chamberlain of ROpenSci. In addition to very helpful tips on R syntax, data structures, and an excellent list of dos and don'ts, it also shows you how to do this with R: Check it out:...

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In case you missed it: April 2014 roundup

May 9, 2014
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In case you missed them, here are some articles from April of particular interest to R users: Registration is now open for the useR! 2014 R conference in Los Angeles. A new Kaggle competition challenges R users to predict which shoppers will become repeat buyers. Data on R usage around the world, presented as an interative map. The New...

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Fast Company explains why R is good for business

May 7, 2014
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In a new article for FastCoLabs, journalist Tina Amirtha has published a follow-up article to last month's piece on R's impact on open science. In her latest article, the focus is on how R is used at companies and displacing legacy statistics software like SAS: SAS is no match for the open-source language that pioneering data scientists use in...

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