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About those weird things in R…

March 28, 2016
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About those weird things in R…

There's no denying that for a language as popular as R, it has more than its fair share of quirks. If you've ever wondered why, for example, R has a non-standard assignment operator, or that periods are allowed in symbols (and don't signify method calls), or that character data imports as factors (not strings) by default, then this blog...

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Introductions to R and predictive analytics

March 25, 2016
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If you're new to the concept of predictive models, or just want to review the background on how data scientists learn from past data to predict the future, you may be interested in my talk from the Data Insights Summit, Introduction to Real-Time Predictive Modeling. In the talk above I gave a brief introduction to the R language and...

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R Consortium announces new grants for R projects and working groups

March 23, 2016
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Five months ago, the R Consortium asked the R Community to propose projects to benefit R users and the R project. Today, the R Consortium announced that it has awarded grants to fund seven of those projects. A unified framework for distributed computing with R An improved database interface A one-day workshop to unite R language developers, identify R...

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Creating a March Madness bracket with Machine Learning

March 18, 2016
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Creating a March Madness bracket with Machine Learning

March Madness is upon us here in the US. This annual college basketball competition pits 64 teams in a single-elimination tournament, and the team that goes undefeated for all 6 rounds will be named NCAA Champion. Predicting the winners of the competition, and in particular completing a "bracket" of the teams you predict to make it to the final...

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Webinar and free e-book on data preparation with R

March 15, 2016
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Webinar and free e-book on data preparation with R

Just a quick heads up that Nina Zumel, co-founder and principal consultant at Win-Vector LLC will be presenting a webinar at 10AM Pacific Time on Thursday March 17, Data Preparation Techniques with R. Nina is the co-author of Practical Data Science with R and blogs frequently at the Win-Vector blog (and contributes the occasional guest blog here), and has...

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SQL Server 2016 launch showcases R

March 14, 2016
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SQL Server 2016 launch showcases R

Microsoft officially launched SQL Server 2016 at the Data Driven event in New York City last week, and R featured prominently. One of the highlights from Joseph Sirosh's keynote was a demonstration of the World Wide Telescope, an online tool that allows budding astronomers (and professionals!) to explore the visible universe using imagery from the Digitized Sky Survey. The...

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R 3.2.4 released

March 11, 2016
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The R Core Group announced yesterday the release of R 3.2.4, the final update in the R 3.2.x series. (R 3.3.0 is scheduled for release on April 14.) This update, codenamed "Very Secure Dishes", makes a few minor improvements and bug fixes, including long vector support for the smooth function, some improvements in package installation, and a few accuracy...

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R Tools for Visual Studio preview now available

March 9, 2016
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R Tools for Visual Studio preview now available

It's official! R Tools for Visual Studio, until now only available as a private preview, is now in public preview and available to everyone as a free, open-source download. RTVS is an add-in for Microsoft Visual Studio, which adds R language development capabilities to the popular Windows-based IDE. If you don't already have Visual Studio, you can download Visual...

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In case you missed it: February 2016 roundup

March 8, 2016
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In case you missed them, here are some articles from February of particular interest to R users. A tutorial on presenting interactive versions of R maps in PowerBI. An animation of Japan's population pyramid through 2050 based on US Census Bureau demographic projections. Interactive visualizations of multivariate data in R with the threejs package. New Zealand's tourism ministry uses...

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Computerworld’s 10-step tutorial for creating interactive election maps with R

March 7, 2016
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Computerworld’s 10-step tutorial for creating interactive election maps with R

With the US election season in full swing, you can hardly browse a newspaper website without seeing some kind of map showing election or polling results, like this one from the New York Times. With election data (usually) accessible online, and a wealth of mapping tools available in the R language, you can fairly easily make similar maps yourself...

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