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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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Over 16 years of R Project history

March 4, 2016
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Over 16 years of R Project history

The first official release of R, R version 1.0.0 was released on February 29, 2000. The anniversary was marked on Twitter by Thomas Lumley, a member of R Core Group: 20 leading statisicians and computer scientists (and 4 alums) from around the world without whom the R Project would not exist. That makes it 16 years — sixteen! —...

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Data Science Virtual Machine updated with Microsoft R Server

March 2, 2016
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Data Science Virtual Machine updated with Microsoft R Server

Microsoft has updated the Data Science Virtual Machine, a data science toolkit-in-a-box that you can easily spin up on the Microsoft Azure cloud service. The virtual machine now comes pre-configured with Microsoft R Server Developer Edition (upgraded from Microsoft R Open), Anaconda Python, Jupyter notebooks for Python and R, Visual Studio Community Edition, Power BI desktop, and SQL Server...

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R-based data maps in PowerBI

February 29, 2016
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R-based data maps in PowerBI

One of benefit of integrating R with PowerBI is access to rich array of data visulizations not present in the standard PowerBI loadout. R is practically unlimited in the types of graphics it can create (although the amount of programming required can vary from a few lines using an existing R package, to large custom functions for truly bespoke...

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Japans ageing population, animated with R

February 26, 2016
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Japans ageing population, animated with R

The US Census makes a number of its databases available to developers via the Census API. One of those databases is the International Data Base, in which the Census department provides historic demographic breakdowns (population by age and sex) for many countries, along with projections through 2050. Kyle Walker created the R package idbr (currently only available on GitHub)...

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Explore New Zealand’s Tourist Industry with R and Shiny

February 24, 2016
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Explore New Zealand’s Tourist Industry with R and Shiny

New Zealand's Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has just released the New Zealand Tourism Dashboard, an interactive application which allows NZ residents (and curious onlookers everywhere) to explore the economic impact of tourism in the far-flung nation. The dashboard is implemented using Shiny, and all of the graphics and analyses were created using the R language Each tab...

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Latest Redmonk and Tiobe language rankings for R

February 22, 2016
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Latest Redmonk and Tiobe language rankings for R

Analyst firm RedMonk have updated their (near-)biannual Programming Lanuage rankings as of January 2016, and the R language ranks at #13, unchanged since the last ranking in June 2015. Redmonk's rankings are based on number of projects in GitHub and number of questions tagged in StackOverflow, and the most recent data is visualized (using R's ggplot2 package) below: In...

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Microsoft R Open 3.2.3 update

February 19, 2016
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We've released a minor update to Microsoft R Open 3.2.3 to address issues that some people were experiencing. The update available now on MRAN fixes the following issues: The Windows R GUI (RGUI.exe) could crash when typing beyond the bounds of the visible window. The "R" command wasn't available from the Terminal in OS X El Capitan. TCL/TK wasn't...

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New syntax proposed for R language

February 17, 2016
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R user and developer Lionel Henry proposes a number of changes to R syntax: Use square brackets to create lists. You could use to create a list of three elements. Nested lists would be possible as well, with syntax like or , ] (much easier than list(list(1,2),list(2,3))). Define lambda functions with square...

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Using Microsoft R Server to Address Scalability Issues in R

February 15, 2016
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If you missed the recent webinar presented by Derek Norton, Using Microsoft R Server to Address Scalability Issues in R, you can now catch up with the replay below. In the webinar, Derek compares Microsoft R Open and Microsoft R Server, and demonstrates using Microsoft R Server to model a 40-million-row data file using logistic regression. (The demo begins...

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