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RHIPE in the SD Times

October 12, 2010
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Saptarshi Guha, who we profiled yesterday, is at the Hadoop World conference in New York City today. At 4PM, Saptarshi will give a presentation on RHIPE, his link between R and Hadoop. Saptarashi was interviewed yesterday by Alex Handy of the SD Times, where he talked about his background and his motivation to create RHIPE. Saptarshi was sponsored by...

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In case you missed it: September Roundup

October 12, 2010
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In case you missed them, here are some articles from August of particular interest to R users. We presented a profile of Hadley Wickham, author of many popular R packages including ggplot2 and reshape. We riffed the design of the new Twitter website into a discussion on calculating the Golden Mean with R. Several readers contributed 1-liners based on...

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The R-Files: Saptarshi Guha

October 11, 2010
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The R-Files: Saptarshi Guha

"The R-Files" is an occasional series from Revolution Analytics, where we profile prominent members of the R Community. Name: Saptarshi Guha Background: Ph.D. in Statistics, Purdue University Nationality: India Years Using R: 6 Known for: Developing RHIPE package for R + Hadoop integration At just 31 years old, Saptarshi Guha has emerged as a cutting-edge contributor to the R...

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New R User Group in Toronto

October 11, 2010
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Canadian R user Leo Guelman contacted me last week to ask if there was an R User Group in Toronto. There wasn't one last week, but there's one now: Leo has taken the initiative to start a new useR group. The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) R User's Group is now active on meetup.com, and taking suggestions for their first...

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A competition to predict popular R packages

October 8, 2010
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A competition to predict popular R packages

What makes an R package popular? The number of people that use a given R package is a common point of discussion, but it turns out that it's kind of tricky to get hard and fast data to answer this question. You can look at the "I use this" number on crantastic.org, but that's a self-reported number (many more...

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R is Hot: Part 1

October 7, 2010
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This is Part 1 of a five-part article series, with new parts published each Thursday. You can download the complete article from the Revolution Analytics website. How Did a Statistical Programming Language Invented in New Zealand Become a Global Sensation? Much in the same way that social networking, reality TV and craft beer were considered marginal fads before gaining...

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R is Hot

October 6, 2010
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Our mission at Revolution Analytics is to make R the statistical analysis tool of choice in the workplace. But even though R is pervasive in academia and rising in popularity generally, we still sometimes get blank faces when we demonstrate R to potential new clients. Sure, most people have heard of R -- it's been hard to miss in...

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The Data Science Venn Diagram

October 5, 2010
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The Data Science Venn Diagram

Whenever I'm asked, "Who uses R?", I usually rattle off a long list of job titles: statistician, analyst, quant, researcher ... and that's before all the domain-specific titles. It would be nice if there were a simple, succinct phrase to describe the process of working with, analyzing, and communicating with real data. At the new blog, "dataists", the inaugural...

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Code Snippets in Revolution R

October 4, 2010
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Ajay Ohri has been trying out the Code Snippets feature in Revolution R (available free to academics), and has found it handy for writing code for statistical analysis: Now even if you are averse to using a GUI /or GUI creators don’t have your particular analysis you can basically type in code at an extremely fast pace. It is...

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Because it’s Friday: I hate pennies

October 1, 2010
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I was brought up in Australia, where we got rid of 1¢ and 2¢ coins in my childhood. Nobody missed them, at least as I recall. I certainly didn't: they were useless, even at the age when I might by lollies (candy) for 2¢ apiece. But then again, I'd never buy one, and with the new changes if I...

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