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InfoWorld: R a programming language "on the rise"

October 27, 2010
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In an article looking at once-niche programming languages that are now being deployed in businesses, R is named as one of 7 programming languages on the rise: R is another Swiss Army Knife of numerical and statistical routines for hacking through the big data sets -- collections big enough that it might be better called a Swiss Army Machete....

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R nominated for best open-source project in New Zealand

October 26, 2010
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The R project, born in New Zealand in 1993, has been nominated as the best open-source project in the New Zealand Open-Source Awards 2010. R's co-creator Ross Ihaka talks about the project in this article by the New Zealand Herald: Ross Ihaka from the University of Auckland started developing R 20 years ago, but it took off about a...

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Upcoming R courses from Statistics.com

October 26, 2010
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The online training provider Statistics.com has three great courses based on R coming up in the next few months: Nov. 5 - Dec. 3: "Graphics in R," with Paul Murrell Nov. 20 – Dec. 18: Support Vector Machines in R" with Dr. Lutz Hamel Dec. 17 - Jan. 22: "Geostatistics in R" with Prof. David Unwin The courses take...

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The language of Statistics

October 25, 2010
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R is the lingua franca of Statistics: R code and R packages is the means by which statisticians communicate ideas and methods for statistical analysis. The reasons why are discussed in this article, but it also begs the question: what's wrong with the spoken or written word? How Statistics and Probability relate to the English language is the subject...

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Because it’s Friday: Arthur C Clarke predicts the present

October 22, 2010
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On the BBC Horizon programme in 1964, Arthur C Clarke made some predictions about the future. He prefaced his predictions with the following caveat: If, by some miracle, a prophet could describe the future exactly as it was going to take place, his predictions would sound so absurd, so farfetched, that everybody would laugh him to scorn. So what...

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A workflow for R

October 22, 2010
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Writing an R script is one thing. Organizing your process: where to put the data, how to refer to files in scripts, how to run the scripts, and how to produce and collect and report the results; that's quite another. Every R user has their own workflow for doing data analysis with R, but the best workflows achieve the...

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R is Hot: Part 3

October 21, 2010
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This is Part 3 of a five-part article series, with new parts published each Thursday. You can download the complete article from the Revolution Analytics website. Power from Elegance If the R movement has a genuine rock star, it’s probably Hadley Wickham. He’s an assistant professor and the Dobelman Family Junior Chair in Statistics at Rice University. He’s written...

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Hold on to your hats: it’s World Statistics Day!

October 20, 2010
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Apparently today is the first ever World Statistics Day. I only knew about it because I'd seen a couple of passing references to it from the stats folks I follow on Twitter. But I guess this UN-sponsored event is a big deal, judging from the official website: The celebration of the World Statistics Day will acknowledge the service provided...

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An Old Wives Tale from the 2000 Census

October 19, 2010
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An Old Wives Tale from the 2000 Census

With the data from the 2010 US Census to be published early next year, here's a cautionary tale from the 2000 Census. If you take a look at the ratio of numbers of men to women in the 5-Percent "PUMS" sample from the 2000 census over various ages, you'll see an odd spike near age 65: What causes this...

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Winners of 2010 ggplot2 case study competition

October 18, 2010
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Winners of 2010 ggplot2 case study competition

The winners of this year's ggplot2 case study competition have been announced. I was honoured to be asked to be a judge of the competition this year, but it was a difficult job with so many excellent entries. In the end, the judging panel (which included Heike Hoffman and Hadley Wickham and me) selected three entries which each demonstrated...

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