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Big Data Analytics predictions for 2014

December 31, 2013
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As we close out the year, we asked a few members of the Revolution Analytics team to make a few predictions about big data analytics, data science and R for 2014. Here's what they came up with (including a few from yours truly). Michele Chambers, Chief Strategy Officer and VP Product Management While the sexiest job in 2013 was...

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Welcoming our Guest Bloggers

December 20, 2013
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I'm heading out on vacation shortly but don't worry: we have a fantastic series of guest bloggers contributing to the Revolution blog for the next 3 weeks. We'll have posts from the Revolution Analytics development team, contributions from prominent R community members, and industry experts. And I'll still pop in from time to time with a few pre-scheduled surprises....

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The distribution of Twitter follower counts

December 18, 2013
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The distribution of Twitter follower counts

My Twitter account @revodavid has, of this writing, 8828 followers. But is that below or above average amongst active Twitter accounts? Since Twitter doesn't publish statistics of follower counts, I've really had little idea. Until now, that is, because Jon Bruner has done some independent research to estimate the distribution of number of followers amongst active Twitter users. Bruner...

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Revolution Analytics CTO on Big Data analytics platforms

December 17, 2013
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In an ZDNet article published this morning, Revolution Analytics CTO Greg Todd surveys the landscape for IT archietcture and tools to bring the insights of data scientists to business decision makers: In the changing world of technology, information, and analytics, the ability to leverage the latest techniques and tools has historically fallen to a limited group of experts -...

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Revolution R Enterprise 7 now generally available

December 16, 2013
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Now that the limited availability period is complete, we're pleased to announce that Revolution R Enterprise 7 is now generally available for all customers on the following platforms (see the detailed list of supported platforms): Windows and Red Hat Enterprise Linux workstations Windows, Red Hat Enterprise Linux and SUSE Linux servers Platform LSF and Microsoft HPC Server clusters Cloudera...

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Submit your useR tutorial proposals before January 5

December 13, 2013
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The program for next year's useR! conference in Los Angeles is shaping up nicely, with confirmed speakers including John Chambers (from the R Core Group), David Diez (OpenIntro), Dirk Eddelbuettel (Rcpp, Debian), Jan de Leeuw (Journal of Statistical Software), Martin Mächler (R Core, R Foundation) and Karline Soetaert (author of Solving Differential Equations in R). The tutorial sessions, held...

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Thursday: Scalable Cross-Platform R-Based Predictive Analytics

December 11, 2013
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Tomorrow at 11AM Pacific Time, Revolution Analytics' Chief Scientist Mario Inchiosa will present a live webinar on Scalable Cross-Platform R-Based Predictive Analytics. Here's the abstract: In this webinar we will take a quick tour through an end-to-end predictive analytics session. We will start by exploring our data with summaries and histograms. Using the knowledge gleaned from data exploration, we...

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In case you missed it: November 2013 Roundup

December 10, 2013
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In case you missed them, here are some articles from October of particular interest to R users: A recap of the Strata Hadoop World conference, including presentations from Monsanto and eHarmony on their use of R. How to rank and chart the most frequent hashtags of Twitter users with R. A replay of the What’s new in Revolution R...

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On the growth of R and Python for data science

December 6, 2013
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On the growth of R and Python for data science

A recent article by Matt Asay claims that "Python is displacing R as the language for data science". Python has certainly made some great strides in recent years, evolving beyond a data processing tool (an area where Python excels) to a data analysis tool. The Pandas project, in particular, has greatly expanded Python's ability to handle statistical data sets...

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A conversation with Robert Scoble

December 5, 2013
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I had the pleasure of visiting technology guru Robert Scoble at Rackspace Labs a few weeks ago. We had a great conversation about the Big Data revolution, and how large enterprises are catching up with the likes of Google and Facebook when it comes to using their data stores to improve their operations and provide a personalized experience for...

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