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The Joy of Visualizations

November 29, 2010
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This is a clip from the forthcoming BBC4 program, The Joy of Stats: The clip shows Hans Rosling (who we've profiled here before), plotting life expectancy versus income for various countries, and animating over time. The clip amply demonstrates that with the right presentation and story, even the simplest of scatterplots can be a joy to behold. I'm looking...

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John Chambers on R and Multilingualism

November 29, 2010
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John Chambers, one of the creators of R's predecessor S and a current member of the R Core Group, gave a seminar at Stanford last week titled "R, other languages and object-oriented programming". Unfortunately, I was away for the Thanksgiving break and couldn't make it myself, but John has kindly made his slides (PDF) available for download. The talk...

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John Chambers on R and Multilingualism

November 29, 2010
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John Chambers, one of the creators of R's predecessor S and a current member of the R Core Group, gave a seminar at Stanford last week titled "R, other languages and object-oriented programming". Unfortunately, I was away for the Thanksgiving break and couldn't make it myself, but John has kindly made his slides (PDF) available for download. The talk...

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 25, 2010
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It's holiday time here in the US, so we're taking a break at Revolutions. We'll be back with more R goodness on Monday, but in the meantime, think of the turkeys. R-chart: Don't be a Turkey

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R preferred by Kaggle competitors

November 24, 2010
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Kaggle, the predictive-analytics competition site, has analyzed the preferences of the 2,500 data scientists who participate in its competitions, and R was the most-preferred software of the competitors at 22.5%. The next-nearest alternative was Matlab, at 16%. On a related note, the premier of the Australian state of New South Wales has just launched a competition on Kaggle to...

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R preferred by Kaggle competitors

November 24, 2010
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Kaggle, the predictive-analytics competition site, has analyzed the preferences of the 2,500 data scientists who participate in its competitions, and R was the most-preferred software of the competitors at 22.5%. The next-nearest alternative was Matlab, at 16%. On a related note, the premier of the Australian state of New South Wales has just launched a competition on Kaggle to...

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How to make beautiful bubble charts with R

November 23, 2010
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How to make beautiful bubble charts with R

Nathan Yau has just published at FlowingData a step-by-step guide on making bubble charts in R. It's actually pretty simple: read in data, sqrt-transform the "bubble" variable (to scale the bubbles by area, not radius), and use the symbols function to plot. It's the last step, though, that really ups the presentation quality: read R's PDF file into Illustrator...

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R and AOL in NYC

November 23, 2010
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R and the NYC R User Group get brief mentions in this article about AOL's offices in New York City. The NYC UseRs meet at AOL and (ironically) the next meeting on Dec 9 is on the topic of R at Google. New York Observer: Bringing Some Sizzle to the Dial-Up King (via)

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Access the InfoChimps API from R

November 22, 2010
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InfoChimps.com is mainly known as a clearinghouse for finding large data sets, for free or for sale. But they have also released (in beta, at least) an API that lets you find some pretty useful information on-demand. Normally, you'd have you use RESTful calls to access the API, but now Drew Conway has created an R package (and released...

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Airport security: science vs backlash

November 19, 2010
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The United States has recently introduced millimeter wave and backscatter x-ray scanners to the security screening process in many airports, prompting a backlash in some quarters. Much of the opposition is centered around the invasion of privacy: the scanners generate an image of the traveller's naked body. There are also health concerns, at least for the backscatter x-ray variants...

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