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Learn about handling character data in R with this free e-book

March 21, 2014
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Most people know R as a statistics/analytics language for analysis of quantitative data, and don't think of it as a tool for processing raw text. But R actually has some quite powerful facilities for processing character data. And as Gaston Sanchez learned, text manipulation is an important part of a modern data scientist's repertoire: Many years ago I decided...

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Data-driven March Madness (there’s an app for that)

March 19, 2014
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Data-driven March Madness (there’s an app for that)

If you're still working on your March Madness brackets or fantasy teams, Rodrigo Zamith has updated his NCAA Data Visualizer with the latest teams, players and results. Just choose the two teams you want to compare and the metric to compare them on, and this R-based app will show you the results instantly. Rodrigo Zamanth: Visualizing Season Performance by...

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Deadline for R student projects for Google Summer of Code is March 21

March 19, 2014
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If you're a student and you'd like to improve R by developing a new R package for 3 months over the summer — and get paid $5000 by Google in the process — why not apply for an R project in the Google Summer of Code? All you need to do browse the list of R projects available (if...

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Use Data Science to help CARE International in Atlanta, March 28

March 17, 2014
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Use Data Science to help CARE International in Atlanta, March 28

CARE International is a humanitarian organization that is leading the charge to fight poverty around the world, with a focus on empowering women and girls. On March 28 in Atlanta, CARE is teaming up with Booz Allen Hamilton, Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health and Revolution Analytics to bring data scientists together to use R to explore some...

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How Statistics lifts the fog of war in Syria

March 14, 2014
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How Statistics lifts the fog of war in Syria

In June 2013, the conflict between opposition and government forces around the Syrian city of Aleppo had intensified. Rockets struck residential districts, and car-bombs exploded near key facilities. Many people died. But as is common in conflict areas, the reports of the number of dead varied by the source of the information. While some agencies reported a surge in...

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Submit a talk to the R user conference in LA!

March 12, 2014
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The worldwide R user conference, useR! 2014, will take in Los Angeles, June 30-July 3. If you're an R user, or just interested in learning about what R can do first-hand from members of the R community, this is the conference to attend. To get an idea of what to expect, check out our roundups of prior conferences in...

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In case you missed it: February 2014 roundup

March 12, 2014
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In case you missed them, here are some articles from February of particular interest to R users: A statistical analysis of various forecasting methods (using R) leads to correct predictions for 21 of 24 Oscars awards. There are now 123 R User Groups worldwide, and applications for Revolution Analytics sponsorship grants are open until March 31. Revolution Analytics was...

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R 3.0.3 is now available

March 7, 2014
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R-core member Peter Dalgaard announced yesterday that R 3.0.3 is now available. This is the final update to the R 3.0 series, and includes several small but handy new features and minor bug fixes. Improvements include support for writing very large tables to disk, better handling of foreign-language calendar dates, and more accuracy when calculating extreme quantiles of the...

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Revolution Analytics in the News: Visionary in the Wired Cloud

March 3, 2014
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Since we've had quite a few announcements over the last month or so, I thought I'd take a moment to catch up on some of the media reports mentioning Revolution Analytics. Last week, Gartner revealed Revolution Analytics as a Visionary in the new Magic Quadrant for Advanced Analytics Platforms. Inside BigData noted that "Alteryx, Revolution Analytics, RapidMiner and Knime...

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Who knows the Oscar winners? The betting markets, probably.

February 28, 2014
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Who knows the Oscar winners? The betting markets, probably.

This is the time of year when everyone likes to speculate on the winners of the Academy Awards, to be announced on Sunday. There are plenty of ways to try and predict which movie is going to win Best Picture or who'll win Best Actress. You could look at the various betting markets and see who the speculators are...

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