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First meeting of Toronto R User Group this Friday

January 3, 2011
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The Greater Toronto Area R User Group is having its inaugural meeting this Friday, January 7. The meeting will feature Ben Bolker, professor and author of Ecological Models and Data in R, who will speak on Generalized Linear Models. It's also your opportunity to join the group and help define its future path, so if you're in the area...

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Revolutions blog: 2010 statistics

December 31, 2010
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Revolutions blog: 2010 statistics

Since it's the end of the year, and since this is a statistics blog, I thought I'd pull some data from the blog server and run some number on the blog itself. Overall, the blog has doubled the average number of daily visitors and pageviews compared to 2009. The number of pageviews varies quite a lot, as you can...

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R Packages for Social Search

December 30, 2010
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Jesse Bridgewater works on "social search awesomeness" for the Bing search engine, and is setting up his dev environment with the necessary tools including python, vim, and R. Jesse has shared a handy script he uses to install all the specialty packages he uses for his data analysis. This is a handy script to modify for your own purposes,...

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Analysis of Facebook status updates

December 29, 2010
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Analysis of Facebook status updates

The Facebook Data Team has published an analysis of the status updates of Facebook users, by categorizing words according to the 68 categories of the Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count Dictionary, and tabulating the frequencies of their use. It's fairly interesting to see this kind of analysis applied to Facebook, but unfortunately doesn't reveal much in the way of...

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Travel grants and prizes for R/Finance 2011

December 28, 2010
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If you've been thinking about heading to Chicago in April for the R/Finance conference, here's another reason to go: posting for the committee, Dirk Eddelbuettel announced last week that thanks to a favourable response from sponsors, the conference organizers can now offer: a competition for best paper, which given the focus of the conference will award for both an...

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Did you feel that?

December 23, 2010
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Did you feel that?

There was a small earthquake in northern England on Tuesday. Barry Rowlingson felt the quake (it rattled the photographs on his wall), but didn't know how big of a quake it was because he didn't know how close he was to the epicentre. The British Geological Survey hadn't yet announced the quake, but did give access to seismograph readings,...

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Citizen Data Journalism: Mexico Homicides

December 23, 2010
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Citizen Data Journalism: Mexico Homicides

I've recently praised some mainstream media outlets like the New York Times and New Scientist for leading the charge on data journalism. But you don't need to be a large organization to find news in data. With open data sources, and open-source data analysis tools, individuals can make newsworthy discoveries. Diego Valle-Jones has been investigating the impact of the...

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Forbes: R is a name you need to know in 2011

December 22, 2010
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The December 20 issue of Forbes magazine, on newsstands now, includes a column about R on page 128 as part of the "Name You Need to Know in 2011" feature. It's basically an excerpt from this blog post by Steve McNally and its comments, and includes quotes from Norman Nie of Revolution Analytics, Bill Alpert of Barron's, and Brandon...

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How Orbitz uses Hadoop and R to optimize hotel search

December 21, 2010
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How Orbitz uses Hadoop and R to optimize hotel search

Positional bias — the tendency for users to preferentially select results in the first few positions of a search — is a big issue for all kinds of search engines. But for online travel site Orbitz the stakes are higher than for a traditional Web search engine: if a customer chooses the first-listed hotel in a search for accommodations,...

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In case you missed it: November Roundup

December 17, 2010
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In case you missed them, here are some articles from November of particular interest to R users. Dirk Eddelbuettel and Romain Francois went to Google to talk about integrating R (using Rcpp, for example), and we gave a review of the video presentation. R co-creator Ross Ihaka wins a Lifetime Achievement Award in Open Source. Revolution has job openings...

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