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New online R courses from Statistics.com

May 26, 2011
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Online training provider Statistics.com has introduced a couple of new R-related courses which are well worth checking out. These are all self-paced on-line courses, with materials by and interactive feedback from leading R gurus. Current R users looking to take their programming skills to the next level will be particularly interested in the Advanced Programming in R course from...

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KDnuggets: R used in 1 in 4 analytics projects

May 24, 2011
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The most recent KDnuggets poll asked, "Which data mining/analytic tools you used in the past 12 months for a real project". Amongst all commercial and open-source tools, open-source R was the second most-frequently cited, by 23.3% or about 1 in 4 respondents. (The most frequent was the open-source data mining tool, RapidMiner.) See the full poll results at the...

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Participate in the 2011 Rexer Data Mining Survey

May 23, 2011
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Last year's Rexer Data Mining Survey reported that R is used by more data miners than any other tool. If you're using R for data mining or data analysis generally, be counted at the 2011 Data Miner Survey (use access code: RL3X2), which closes in early June. Here's some background on the survey: The survey is conducted annually by...

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Quantifying gravitational lensing by dark matter

May 23, 2011
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Quantifying gravitational lensing by dark matter

The latest prediction competition at Kaggle is literally "out of this world": the goal is to quantify the shape of 2-D images of galaxies from a simulated telescope, to test models for how invisible dark matter in the Universe distorts the images through gravitational lensing (as shown in the image below; see the FAQ for more details). If you're...

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Hacking the Kinect with R

May 20, 2011
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I was browsing through the draft abstract booklet for this year's worldwide R user conference useR! 2011, and noticed this abstract: KinectR – Kinect interface to R Landon Jensen Microsoft launched the Kinect for Xbox 360 in late 2010 and it quickly broke records as the fastest selling consumer electronics device in history (8 million units sold in the...

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Hadley Wickham’s R Development Master Class coming to SF

May 19, 2011
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Hadley Wickham, the Rice professor and prolific R hacker best known as the author of the ggplot2 graphics package, will be coming to San Francisco June 8-9 to deliver his new R Development Master Class (in conjunction with Revolution Analytics). This course will build on the skills of basic R programmers with instruction in advanced R programming techniques, development...

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Mapping locations in R with the Data Science Toolkit

May 18, 2011
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Mapping locations in R with the Data Science Toolkit

Pete Warden's Data Science Toolkit (which we mentioned briefly last week) is an open-source information server that provides an API you can query for information useful for building data science applications, like identifying proper names in unstructured text, or converting IP addresses to lat/long coordinates. You can make queries via the Web interface or by direct interface to the...

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New R User Groups in Turin, Belgrade

May 18, 2011
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Two new local R user groups in Europe to announce this week. For R users in Serbia, there's a new group based in Belgrade. You can find more information about the group and upcoming meetings at the Croatian-language blog Sav tar R. And for R users in northern Italy, there's a new group based in Turin: Torino R net...

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In case you missed it: April Roundup

May 17, 2011
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In case you missed them, here are some articles from April of particular interest to R users. The Heritage Health Prize, a competition to build predictive models for hospitalization with USD$3.2M in prizes, is open. The Inside-R.org community site now provides the ability to search and view the help files for CRAN packages. Revolution R Enterprise 4.3 released: R...

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Get Daily R tips on Twitter

May 16, 2011
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John D Cook, editor of the always-interesting and eclectic blog The Endeavour, has been posting facts about Statistics and distribution theory to the StatFact Twitter account on a daily basis for over a year now. He also curates a number of other daily tip services and the newest one — RLangTip — promises daily tips about using the R...

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