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Analysis: R growth continues in popularity of data analysis software

March 22, 2011
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Bob Muenchen, author of R for SAS and SPSS Users and co-author of R for Stata Users, has updated his in-depth analysis of the popularity of data analysis software. Determining "popularity" for software is a tricky task, but this analysis looks at several different metrics: mailing list traffic, blogs, search volumes, job listings and other such indirect methods, as...

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Some upcoming R courses

March 18, 2011
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A couple of quick notes about some upcoming R courses: In Vancouver, Canada, R trainer Isabella Ghement is presenting two R courses: An Introduction to the Statistical Software Package R, 8:30am-4:30pm, March 30-31, 2011, Vancouver, B.C., Canada (http://www.ghement.ca/RworkshopMarch30and31_2011.html) Advanced Statistical Modeling Using the Statistical Software Package R, 8:30am-4:30pm, May 5-6, 2011, Vancouver, B.C., Canada (http://www.ghement.ca/RworkshopMay5and6_2011.html); And in Seattle, Washington...

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$3.2M in prizes for predicting hospitalization

March 17, 2011
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Heritage Health and Kaggle have teamed up to create the biggest data science competition thus far: the Heritage Health Prize, which challenges competitors to build a statistical model to predict the number of days a person is likely to spend in hospital over the next year, based on (anonymized) factors such as demographics, medical visits and treatments, and other...

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How the New York Times uses R for Data Visualization

March 16, 2011
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The New York Times introduced R to the world with a feature article in 2009, and has been using R for many years to support its pioneering presentation data analysis and visualization, under the direction of graphics editor Amanda Cox. Last week, the New York R User Group's featured speaker was Amanda Cox, where she presented ... how R...

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Webinar on integrating R with applications, March 16

March 15, 2011
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A quick reminder that Revolution Analytics' CTO David Champagne will be hosting a live webinar tomorrow (March 16) on Integrating R into 3rd Party and Web Applications Using RevoDeployR. Designed for application developers, this webinar will cover publishing R scripts to the RevoDeployR server, and integrating their results into Web applications, Microsoft Excel, JasperReports Server and more. Complete details...

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New R User Group in Orange County, CA

March 15, 2011
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The Orange County R User Group was formed to bring local R users together in a friendly, business-oriented environment. This is the fifth R user group in California. Founder Ray DiGiacomo, Jr. says, "I feel this group is necessary because the current Los Angeles and San Diego R User Groups are quite far from Orange County. Also, Orange County...

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R 2.13.0 scheduled for April 13

March 14, 2011
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As announced yesterday by the R Core Team, the next major update to R will be released on April 13. R 2.13.0 is the next major release of R, which gets major updates approximately every six months. This also indicates that R 2.12.2 is the last patch level of the R 2.12 series, and so the next version of...

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Survey: R used by more data miners than any other tool

March 11, 2011
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According to respondents of the 2010 Rexer Analytics Data Miner Survey, open source R is the most commonly-used analysis tool amongst data miners: After a steady rise across the past few years, the open source data mining software R overtook other tools to become the tool used by more data miners (43%) than any other. STATISTICA, which has also...

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The R-Files: Call for Nominations

March 9, 2011
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We run an occasional series here on Revolutions called The R-Files, in which we profile members of the R community. Our intention with this series is to call out noteworthy work being done for open-source R and popular CRAN packages, and shine a light on some of the noteworthy individuals that make up what is now a broad community...

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In case you missed it: February Roundup

March 9, 2011
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In case you missed them, here are some articles from February of particular interest to R users. Revolution R Enterprise 4.2 is now available to subscribers, and for free download to academics. A brief report from the Strata: Working with Data conference, and a comprehensive review from Ted Leung. A profile of prolific R contributor, Dirk Eddelbuettel. A list...

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