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Reminder: useR! 2011 abstracts, earlybird registration deadline April 1

March 28, 2011
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If you're planning to attend the worldwide R user conference useR! 2011, don't forget that April 1 (this Friday) is the deadline for submitting abstracts for contributed talks and posters. Early-bird discounts for attendee registrations expire on Friday as well. (Revolution Analytics is a proud sponsor of useR! 2011, and chief scientist Lee Edlefsen is one of the keynote...

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Because it’s Friday: Do Celebrities Follow the Half Your Age Plus Seven Rule?

March 25, 2011
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Remember the Dating Equation from a while back, that formula that determines the socially acceptable bounds for the age of a female companion given the age of the male partner? Well, the crack data analysis team at Revolution Analytics decided to take the 100 hottest celebrity couples of 2010, and create a scatterplot of the couple's ages (using R),...

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The Register profiles Revolution Analytics

March 23, 2011
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Tech news site The Register has just published an in-depth profile of Revolution Analytics. It was great meeting the author Dan Olds at Revolution HQ a couple of weeks ago, and sharing with him why we think the R language is the way forward for data science: modern, applied, large-scale statistical analysis. He captures that sentiment perfectly in the...

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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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