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Real-time Analytics for Capital Markets with Revolution R

June 8, 2011
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In the 2011 edition of the Sybase Capital Markets Guide, Revolution Analytics CTO David Champagne talks about the need for up-to-date analytics in Finance, and how you can integrate Revolution R with quality real-time data sources. Here's an excerpt: R represents a radically different approach to the challenges posed by analyzing increasingly large and complex data sets. Because it...

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The ‘Big Analytics’ Revolution Starts with R: Webinar June 14

June 7, 2011
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On Tuesday next week I'll be teaming up with Revolution Analytics' Mike Minelli to give a 30-minute webinar to introduce executives to R, Big Data, and applications of advanced analytics. If there's someone in your company who needs to know about the impact of R on getting value out of data, they can register here. Here's the agenda: The...

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R for Data Mining

June 6, 2011
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Statistics and data mining often get bundled together, but (in my opinion), they're generally different practices with different goals. As a language designed for statistics, much of R's core functionality is focused on exploring and understanding data: model design, inference, and visualization. But when your goal is simply to get the best predictions from a big data set (without...

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In case you missed it: May Roundup

June 6, 2011
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In case you missed them, here are some articles from May of particular interest to R users. A review of "R Cookbook", a new how-to book for R programmers. A detailed example of using the RevoScaleR package to analyze a large airline data set. A new guide for R beginners, "How to Learn R", provides links to R resources,...

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The residuals of crime

June 3, 2011
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The residuals of crime

Real-estate search website Trulia has a new tool to help you in your choice of a new home: crime maps. With local police forces being much better about sharing data crime maps are nothing new, but Trulia takes it to the next level with a slick user interface for navigating US cities, a beautiful heat-map visualization of crime hot-spots...

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Highlights from R/Finance 2011 presentations

June 2, 2011
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Patrick Burns offers his selections from the presentations at the R/Finance 2011 conference. Check out his post for overviews of some great presentations (and truly, there's some awesome content available to download). I'll add another of my favourites: Bryan Lewis's presentation of his interface from R to the betfair betting market. (But if you use it to automate bets...

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The Netflix Prize, Big Data, SVD and R

May 31, 2011
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One of the key data analysis tools that the BellKor team used to win the Netflix Prize was the Singular Value Decomposition (SVD) algorithm. As a file on disk, the Neflix Prize data (a matrix of about 480,000 members' ratings for about 18,000 movies) was about 65Gb in size -- too large to be read into the standard in-memory...

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Presentations from R/Finance 2011 available

May 27, 2011
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Last month's R/Finance 2011 conference in Chicago was an outstanding event, bringing together some of the best minds in applying R to financial data. Presentations from the speakers are now available for download, with a wealth of useful information there for anyone working in quantiative finance. Not to be missed, though, is John Bollinger's (yes, that John Bollinger) retrospective...

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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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