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In case you missed it: March 2016 roundup

April 8, 2016
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In case you missed them, here are some articles from February of particular interest to R users. Reviews of new CRAN packages RtutoR, lavaan.shiny, dCovTS, glmmsr, GLMMRR, MultivariateRandomForest, genie, kmlShape, deepboost and rEDM. You can now create and host Jupyter notebooks based on R, for free, in Azure ML Studio. Calculating learning curves for predictive models with doParallel. An...

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AirbnB uses R to scale data science

April 5, 2016
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AirbnB uses R to scale data science

Airbnb, the property-rental marketplace that helps you find a place to stay when you're travelling, uses R to scale data science. Airbnb is a famously data-driven company, and has recently gone through a period of rapid growth. To accommodate the influx of data scientists (80% of whom are proficient in R, and 64% use R as their primary data...

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Help improve treatment for brain injuries using machine learning and R

April 4, 2016
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Help improve treatment for brain injuries using machine learning and R

The field of neuroscience -- the study of brains and the nervous system -- has taken some major leaps in recent years. Scientists can now gather real-time electrical activity from the brain during actions and thoughts, which is helping to pinpoint the exact location of brain lesions caused by strokes, and is leading to promising treatments for epilepsy and...

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Two fun plots with R

April 1, 2016
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Two fun plots with R

Data visualization with R doesn't always have to be serious. Here are a couple of fun charts created recently by R users. First, here's a minimalist rendition of the characters in The Simpsons, by an anonymous blogger: And from Alex Whan, here's a near-perfect recreation of the classic cover of the Joy Division album Unknown Pleasures, based on simulated...

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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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