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Table comparing the statistical capabilities of software packages

August 13, 2014
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Table comparing the statistical capabilities of software packages

A statistical consultant known only as "Stanford PhD" has put together a table comparing the statistical capabilities of the software packages R, Matlab, SAS, Stata and SPSS. For each of 57 methods (including techniques like "ridge regression", "survival analysis", "optimization") the author ranks the capabilities of each software package as "Yes" (fully supported), "Limited" or "Experimental". Here are the...

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John Chambers: Interfaces, Efficiency and Big Data

August 11, 2014
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Joe wrote about this already, but now the recording of John Chambers' keynote presentation from the useR! 2014 conference, Interfaces, Efficiency and Big Data, is now available for viewing thanks to Data Science LA. In the video, John dives into the history of the S language for which he won the ACM Software Systems award and which ultimately led...

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The Open Source R Programming Language is Becoming Pervasive

August 8, 2014
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So says CIO.com, in a recent article 11 Market Trends in Advanced Analytics. R, an open source programming language for computational statistics, visualization and data is becoming a ubiquitous tool in advanced analytics offerings. Kirsch says nearly every top vendor of advanced analytics has integrated R into their offering and so that they can now import R models. This...

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In case you missed it: July 2014 Roundup

August 6, 2014
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In case you missed them, here are some articles from June of particular interest to R users: The deadline for our contest to visualize the location of R user groups has been extended to August 16. Previews of R-related sessions at this year's JSM conference in Boston. Coding errors in R graphics scripts serendipitously create some interesting art. Another...

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Statisticians get the PR treatment

August 4, 2014
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I'm here at the JSM conference in Boston, the latest annual gathering of 6000+ statisticians from North America and around the world. (Revolution Analytics is a proud sponsor of the conference.) One of the great things to see is that the American Statistical Association, the organizer of the conference and the professional body for statisticians, is putting some effort...

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Webinar recording: Applications in R

August 1, 2014
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Many thanks to everyone who attended Tuesday's webinar, Applications in R - Success and Lessons Learned from the Marketplace. We had a great turnout and a very lively Q&A session. I've already shared many of the slides describing how companies like Google, Facebook and the New York Times use R, but this is the first time the presentation has...

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Accidental aRt

July 30, 2014
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Accidental aRt

R is a very powerful language for creating custom data visualizations, but during the development process sometimes you make a mistake and things go horribly wrong. But sometime serendipity intervenes, and the (unintended) result can be quite beautiful. Accidental aRt, if you will. Curated by Kara Woo and Erika Mudrak, this fantastic Tumblr captures beautiful but unintended examples from...

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Reuters uses R to report on surge in coastal flooding in US

July 28, 2014
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Reuters uses R to report on surge in coastal flooding in US

As global warming causes sea levels to rise, the risk of flooding for coastal settlements also rises over time. A recent analysis by Reuters find that incidents of coastal flooding along the Eastern seaboard of the United States have surged in recent years as the sea level steadily rises. Flood levels have been exceeded in six eastern cities by...

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Learning from alternative R engines at DSC 2014

July 25, 2014
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Learning from alternative R engines at DSC 2014

I was honoured to be invited earlier this month to the Directions of Statistical Computing meeting in Brixen, Italy. DSC is one of two meetings run by the R Project and unlike the useR! conference, DSC is a much smaller and intimate meeting (DSC 2014 had about 30 participants). If you haven't come across DSC meeting before (quite possible,...

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magrittr: Simplifying R code with pipes

July 23, 2014
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magrittr: Simplifying R code with pipes

R is a functional language, which means that your code often contains a lot of ( parentheses ). And complex code often means nesting those parentheses together, which make code hard to read and understand. But there's a very handy R package — magrittr, by Stefan Milton Bache — which lets you transform nested function calls into a simple...

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