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Microsoft R Open 3.2.3 now available

January 20, 2016
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Microsoft R Open 3.2.3 now available

Microsoft R Open 3.2.3, the performance-enhanced distribution of R 3.2.3, is now available for download from mran.microsoft.com. This is the latest (and first of many to come!) update to Revolution R Open under its new name. In addition to the improvements in R 3.2.3, this update to MRO brings support for Mac OS X "El Capitan" and Red Hat...

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In case you missed it: December 2015 roundup

January 15, 2016
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In case you missed them, here are some articles from December of particular interest to R users. A look back at accomplishments of the R Project and community in 2015. Segmented regression with the "segmented" package, applied to long-distance running records. Creating multi-tab reports in R with knitr and jQuery UI. New version 2.0 update to ggplot2 adds extensibility...

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R coming to Visual Studio

January 13, 2016
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You might have missed one significant bit of news tucked into yesterday's Microsoft R announcement: R is coming to Visual Studio: R Tools for Visual Studio (RTVS) follows the model of Python Tools for Visual Studio: it's an open-source plug-in to Visual Studio that makes it a complete IDE for R, with syntax-aware editing, a command-line REPL, and interactive...

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Revolution R renamed Microsoft R, available free to developers and students

January 12, 2016
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Revolution R renamed Microsoft R, available free to developers and students

In the nine months since Microsoft acquired Revolution Analytics, there have been a steady stream of updates to Revolution R Open and Revolution R Enterprise (not to mention integration of R with SQL Server, PowerBI, Azure and Cortana Analytics). Now, we have yet more updates to announce along with fresh new names. Revolution R Open is now Microsoft R...

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Avoid overlapping labels in ggplot2 charts

January 11, 2016
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Avoid overlapping labels in ggplot2 charts

If you've ever created a scatterplot with text labels using the text function in R, or the geom_text function in the ggplot2 package, you've probably found that the text labels can easily overlap, rendering some of them unreadable. Now, thanks to the new extensibility capabilities of the ggplot2 package, R user Kamil Slowikowski has created an R package ggrepel...

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R’s role in science breakthrough: reproducibility of psychology studies

January 8, 2016
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The scientific process has been going through a welcome period of introspection recently, with a focus on understanding just how reliable the results of scientific studies are. We're not talking here about scientific fraud, but how the scientific process itself and the focus on p-values (which not even statisticians can easily explain) as the criterion for a positive result...

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Video Course: Data Science with Microsoft Azure and R

January 6, 2016
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Video Course: Data Science with Microsoft Azure and R

If you want to get started doing data science with R in the cloud, a good place to start is Stephen Elston's free O'Reilly report, Data Science in the Cloud with Azure ML and R. But if you learn better with a show-and-tell approach, he now also has an O'Reilly Video Training course, Data Science with Microsoft Azure and...

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Analyzing movie connections with R

January 4, 2016
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Analyzing movie connections with R

One of the themes of the Christmas movie classic Love Actually is the interconnections between people of different communities and cultures, from the Prime Minister of the UK to a young student in London. StackOverflow's David Robinson brings these connections to life by visualizing the network diagram of 20 characters in the movie, based on scenes in which they...

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Happy New Year! Top posts of 2015

January 1, 2016
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Happy New Year everyone! It's hard to believe that this blog has now been going since 2008: our anniversary was on December 9. Thanks to everyone who has supported this blog over the past 7 years by reading, sharing and commenting on our posts, and an extra special thanks to my co-bloggers Joe Rickert and Andrie de Vries and...

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The R Project: 2015 in Review

December 31, 2015
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It's been a banner year for the R project in 2015, with frequent new releases, ever-growing popularity, a flourishing ecosystem, and accolades from both users and press. Here's a roundup of the big events for R from 2015. R continues to advance under the new leadership of the R Foundation. There were five updates in 2015: R 3.1.3 in...

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