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New R User Group in Gießen, Germany

April 21, 2011
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It's great to see new local R user groups popping up around the world, and the latest one is based in Gießen, Germany (about 70km north of Frankfurt). The Giessen R Users Group has its first meeting on May 10 with a discussion on applications of R to social media (with an example related to Twitter). meetup.com: Giessen R...

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ComputerWorld on R for data analysis and visualization

April 20, 2011
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ComputerWorld's feature today, 22 free tools for data visualization and analysis, suggests open-source R as the third entry on the list: What it does: R is a general statistical analysis platform (the authors call it an "environment") that runs on the command line. Need to find means, medians, standard deviations, correlations? R can handle that and much more, including...

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250 years of Bayes’ Theorem

April 19, 2011
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The Reverend Thomas Bayes died 250 years ago this month. His grave, located near epidemiological centre of excellence St Mary's College, remains a point of pilgrimage for statisticians (of both Bayesian and Frequentist stripes) visiting London to this day. Because since then, Bayes Theorem has been the underpinning of predictive analytics applications from spam detection to medical alerts. There...

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How Kaggle competitors use R

April 19, 2011
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How Kaggle competitors use R

The competitive data prediction competitions hosted by Kaggle require data scientists to bring their A game: the competition is intense, and competitors know in real time from the daily leaderboards how their predictions compare in accuracy to those of their rivals. So it's no surprise that open-source R, the most powerful statistics language, is a common tool of choice...

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Slides and replay for PMML webinar

April 15, 2011
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If you missed Wednesday's webinar on Deploying Predictive Analytics with Revolution R, PMML and ADAPA, the presentation slides and the replay (in WMV, reg. req'd) format are now available for download. Here are some additional references, from the closing slide: How Revolution R and ADAPA work together The PMML Package reference White Paper: Deploying Advanced Analytics Using R and...

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Visualizing tax brackets

April 15, 2011
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Visualizing tax brackets

With Tax Day fast approaching here in the US, there's been a lot of discussion about tax policy and in particular the tax rates paid by the highest income earners. Like in many countries, here the income tax system is bracketed: Tax Bracket Single Married Filing Jointly 10% Bracket $0 – $8,375 $0 – $16,750 15% Bracket $8,375 –...

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In case you missed it: March Roundup

April 14, 2011
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In case you missed them, here are some articles from February of particular interest to R users. The doSMP package, which enables parallel processing for R on multiprocessor machines, is now available on CRAN. The Offensive Politics blog provided R code used to make a map of precinct returns in the Chicago mayoral election. A connector to integrate R...

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R 2.13.0 released

April 13, 2011
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The R Core Group has released the latest update to open-source R, R 2.13.0 is now available. You can download the new source distribution from the R Project website, and I see from the Download R tool at inside-R.org that binaries for Windows and Mac are already available at my local CRAN mirror (and, shortly, yours too). The (long)...

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Journal of Statistical Software. Vol. 40

April 12, 2011
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The latest edition of the Journal of Statistical Software is out, with plenty of interesting articles for R users. A must-read is Hadley Wickham's article on "The Split-Apply-Combine Strategy for Data Analysis", which makes a compelling argument for the use of the plyr package to partition datasets and apply sub-group analyses. Also, anyone who hasn't yet purchased a copy...

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Rstudio updates to beta 2

April 11, 2011
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The folks over at Rstudio have released a new update to their open-source R GUI, currently in beta test. This Beta 2 release adds more customizable layouts, editor improvements and new editing themes. Also of interest is a new feature that allows creation of graphics that update under the control of sliders and checkboxes and such. See the full...

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