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What’s the best platform for a high score on Canabalt?

February 23, 2011
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What’s the best platform for a high score on Canabalt?

The Web-based Flash game Canabalt, whose scores have been analyzed by R before, is now available as an iOS App. Because the app is configured to work on three different platforms: the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch; and because players are invited to tweet their best scores at the end of the game, like this: the Twitter stream again...

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Course: Machine Learning with R

February 22, 2011
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Starting on March 5 at the Hacker Dojo in Mountain View (CA), Mike Bowles and Patricia Hoffmann will present a course on Machine Learning where R will be the "lingua franca" for looking at homework problems, discussing them and comparing different solution approaches. The class will begin at the level of elementary probability and statistics and from that background...

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Who did HBGary contact the most?

February 21, 2011
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Following on from Friday's post about the travails of internet security firm HBGary, R user Michael Bommarito has done an analysis of the leaked emails to find the top 20 most contacted email addresses and the top 20 most referenced internet domains. There are some interesting names on those lists, to be sure. Check them out at the link...

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New R User Groups in Canada, India

February 21, 2011
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Three new local R user groups have just been added to the directory: In Québec, the group Plein-R is affilliated with the department of Forestry, Geography and Geomatics at Laval University. Although the group's website is in French, group organizer Etienne Racine says, "Our group is bilingual. Our meetings are in a mix of French and English: we call...

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Some R Package Updates

February 18, 2011
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Packages for R are being added and updated so frequently now that it's tough to keep up with them all (the @CRANberriesFeed Twitter feed helps, though). But here are a couple of recent package updates that caught my eye: The Rcpp package for seamless integration between R and C++ has been updated. While most of the changes are under...

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Student travel grants for useR! 2011

February 17, 2011
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For students planning to attend the annual worldwide R user conference, useR! 2011, travel grants are available to help defray the cost of attending the conference in the UK. CRISM is offering bursaries for accommodation and conference fees, and Revolu...

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Take the ggplot2 user survey

February 16, 2011
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The author of the ggplot2 graphics package for R, Hadley Wickham, is looking for feedback from ggplot2 users. If you've used ggplot2, fill out his short survey at the link below. WuFoo: ggplot2 survey

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The Egyptian Revolution, in tweets

February 16, 2011
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The Egyptian Revolution, in tweets

Twitter played a significant role in the recent uprising in Egypt, with protesters communicating via tweets marked with the #25bahman hastag (February 14 in the arabic calendar) to plan and rally for the demonstration. Michael Bommarito downloaded all such tweets and plotted their frequency over time using R's ggplot2 library: Not surprisingly, the activity peaked on February 14. The...

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R 2.12.2 scheduled for February 25

February 15, 2011
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The next release of R is scheduled for release February 25, and R 2.12.2 will likely be the final bug-fix release of the 2.12 series before R 2.13 is released in April. According to the NEWS file in the latest daily build, 2.12.2 will improve complex-arithmetic support on some rare platforms that don't support complex types in C99, and...

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OkCupid: Finding your Valentine with R

February 14, 2011
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Free dating site OkCupid (which was recently acquired by match.com) collects a lot of data. With over 3 million members, many of whom have provided extensive information about their personal details including preferences, lifestyle, sexuality and hobbies via their dating profiles, they have a wealth of information upon which to identify trends about the love lives of a typical...

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