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In case you missed it: March 2015 roundup

April 13, 2015
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In case you missed them, here are some articles from March of particular interest to R users. Overview of "Targeted learning" packages for R, including SuperLearner and tmle. The 7 most common R error messages, by frequency of mentions on StackOverflow. Slides and a webinar replay on reproducible data analysis with R and the "checkpoint" package. Joseph Rickert reviews...

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New packages for reading data into R — fast

April 10, 2015
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Hadley Wickham and the RStudio team have created some new packages for R, which will be very useful for anyone who needs to read data into R (that is, everyone). The readr package provides functions for reading text data into R, and the readxl package provides functions for reading Excel spreadsheet data into R. Both are much faster than...

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Association Rules and Market Basket Analysis with R

April 8, 2015
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In today's data-oriented world, just about every retailer has amassed a huge database of purchase transaction. Each transaction consists of a number of products that have been purchased together. A natural question that you could answer from this database is: What products are typically purchased together? This is called Market Basket Analysis (or Affinity Analysis). A closely related question...

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DeployR 7.4 released

April 3, 2015
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A new version of DeployR, the server-based framework that provides simple and secure R integration for application developers, is now available. (If you're new to DeployR, take a look at the DeployR Overview or download the white paper, Using DeployR to Solve the R Integration Problem.) This update brings several new features, including: New R Session Process Controls, which...

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A minor update: Revolution R Open 8.0.2

April 1, 2015
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Revolution R Open 8.0.2 is now available from MRAN. If you're already using Revolution R Open, you won't find any major changes. This release fixes a couple of bugs, includes a new version of the checkpoint package, and splits the installation into two parts on Windows and Linux (with a separate installer for the multithreaded MKL Math libraries, which...

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The most common R error messages

March 30, 2015
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R has something of a reputation for generating, shall we say, obscure error messages like this: Error in model.frame.default(formula = y ~ female + DNC + SE_region + : could not find function "function (object, ...) nobject" One tip for dealing with error messages is to ignore everything between "Error in" and the colon: unless you are running a...

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Replay: Reproducible data analysis with the checkpoint package

March 27, 2015
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Thanks to all who attended my webinar earlier this week, Reproducibility with Revolution R Open and the Checkpoint Package. If you missed the live session, you can catch up with the slides and video replay which I've embedded below. If you just want to check out the demo of the checkpoint package, it starts at 18:30 in the video...

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Participate in the 2015 Rexer Data Mining Survey

March 25, 2015
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Participate in the 2015 Rexer Data Mining Survey

Since 2007, Karl Rexer has been collecting data on the tools, skills and practices of statisticians and data miners. Over the years, his semi-annual Data Miner Survey has expanded in scope, and now includes research on the topics of data science, big data, and analytics applications on business. Unlike research conducted by big-name analyst firms, Karl shares the results...

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Tomorrow, 10AMPT: Live webinar on "checkpoint" package

March 23, 2015
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A quick heads-up that tomorrow (Tuesday) at 10AM Pacific Time I'll be giving a live (and free) webinar: Reproducibility with Revolution R Open and the Checkpoint Package. I'll show you how to use the latest version of the checkpoint package to write R scripts without having to worry about unexpected package updates on CRAN. Here's the full abstract: Good...

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NYC is a city that does sleep, a bit

March 20, 2015
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NYC is a city that does sleep, a bit

The On Broadway project collected more than 600,000 photographs taken near Broadway in New York City during a six-month period in 2014. If you're in New York, you can explore the images in an interactive installation at the New York Public Library though the end of this year. You can also explore them in your browser using this online...

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