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Preview of EARL Boston, November 2-4

October 19, 2015
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I'm honoured to be giving the opening keynote at the Effective Applications of R Conference (EARL) Conference in Boston on November 2. My presentation will be on the business economics and opportunity of open source data science, with a focus on applications that are now possible given the convergence of big data platforms, cloud technology, and data science software...

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Reach for your Matlab data with R

October 16, 2015
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If you work with both Matlab and R, the R.matlab package maintained by Henrik Bengtsson on CRAN helps you to connect the two environments by allowing you to read and write Matlab's MAT data file format from R (even if you don't have Matlab installed). This allows you to pass data between Matlab and R via the filesystem. But...

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Programmatically create interactive Powerpoint slides with R

October 12, 2015
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Powerpoint is a powerful application for creating presentations, and allows you to include all sorts of text, pictures, animations and interactivity to create a compelling story. Most of the time you'll use the Powerpoint application to create slides, but if you want to include data and/or charts in your slides, in the interests of reproducibility you may want to...

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In case you missed it: September 2015 roundup

October 9, 2015
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In case you missed them, here are some articles from September of particular interest to R users. A tutorial on using R with Jupyter Notebooks and how to control the size of R graphics therein. A new version of Revolution R Open is available, featuring multi-threaded computing for R 3.2.2. One benefit of fitting statistical models to large data...

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Amanda Cox on using R at the NYT

October 5, 2015
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Amanda Cox on using R at the NYT

For more than six years, the New York Times has been using the R language to develop and implement much of the fantastic data journalism on the website and in the newspaper. A few months ago graphics editor Amanda Cox was interviewed for the Data Stories podcast, where she described the process for creating the interactive data visualizations at...

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Hadley Wickham’s "Ask Me Anything" on Reddit

October 2, 2015
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Hadley Wickham’s "Ask Me Anything" on Reddit

Hadley Wickham, RStudio's Chief Scientist and prolific author of R books and packages, conducted an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session on Reddit this past Monday. The session was tremendously popular, generating more than 500 questions/comments and promoting the AMA to the front page of Reddit. If you're not familiar with Hadley's work (which would be a surprise if you're...

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Call R functions from any application with the AzureML package

September 28, 2015
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Call R functions from any application with the AzureML package

If you've developed a useful function in R (say, a function to make a forecast or prediction from a statistical model), you may want to call that function from an application other than R. For example, you might want to display the forecast (calculated in R) as part of a desktop, web-based or mobile application. One solution is to...

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Making it easy to use RHadoop on HDInsight Hadoop clusters

September 25, 2015
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Making it easy to use RHadoop on HDInsight Hadoop clusters

The RHadoop packages make it easy to connect R to Hadoop data (rhdfs), and write map-reduce operations in the R language (rmr2) to process that data using the power of the nodes in a Hadoop cluster. But getting the Hadoop cluster configured, with R and all the necessary packages installed on each node, hasn't always been so easy. But...

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Applications of R at EARL 2015

September 21, 2015
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The Effective Applications of R (EARL) Conference (held last week in London) is well-named. At the event I saw many examples of R being used to solve real-world industry problems with advanced statistics and data visualization. Here are just a few examples: AstraZeneca, the pharmaceutical company, uses R to design clinical trials, and to predict the ending date of...

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Free online Data Science and Machine Learning course starts Sep 24

September 18, 2015
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Free online Data Science and Machine Learning course starts Sep 24

Microsoft is sponsoring another free MOOC starting on September 24: Data Science and Machine Learning Essentials. This course provides a five-week introduction to machine learning and data science concepts, including the open-source programming tools for data science: R and Python. (Read more about the course in this post on TechNet.) This course is organized into 5 weekly modules, each...

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