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Create Motion Charts in R with the GoogleVis package

January 11, 2011
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Hans Rosling popularized Motion Charts -- 2-d scatterplots that animate over time -- with the GapMinder project. Motion Charts were taken to their augmented-reality extreme in this clip from the BBC programme, The Joy of Stats, but now you can create similar (if less audacious) motion charts for yourself with just R and a Flash-enabled browser. First, you'll need...

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Run R in parallel on a Hadoop cluster with AWS in 15 minutes

January 10, 2011
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If you're looking to apply massively parallel resources to an R problem, one of the most time-consuming aspects of the problem might not be the computations themselves, but the task of setting up the cluster in the first place. You can use Amazon Web Services to set up the cluster in the cloud, but even that take some time,...

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New R User Group in Kansas City

January 6, 2011
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There's a new R User Group based in Kansas City, Kansas. Abraham Mathew just launched the group's website, and is looking for R users in the area to kick things off: This group was started to bring together R users in the Kansas City area to exchange knowledge and provide guidance to new R users. We hope to have...

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The R Journal: December 2010

January 4, 2011
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Issue 2 of The R Journal (the peer-reviewed journal devoted to R) was published over the Christmas break. In addition to news about the latest release of R, it also includes contributed articles on using GPU processing to fit Bayesian models in R, processing text data in R, solving differential equations in R, and much more. Follow the link...

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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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