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Unlocking Big Data with R

September 9, 2011
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I have an article out this week on ReadWriteHack: Unlocking Big Data with R. My thanks to the folks at ReadWriteWeb for giving us the opportunity to showcase some of the many real-world Big Data applications of R. Here are some additional links about the applications mentioned in the article: New York Times: Destruction of the Haiti earthquake; 2010...

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Revolution Newsletter: September 2011

September 9, 2011
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The most recent edition of the Revolution Newsletter is out. The news section is below, and you read the full September edition (with highlights from this blog and community events) online. You can subscribe to the Revolution Newsletter to get it monthly via email. Using Revolution R with Hadoop: Revolution Analytics has released three open-source R packages, making it...

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The effectiveness of links shared on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube

September 8, 2011
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The effectiveness of links shared on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube

The bitly blog has posted a really interesting analysis of the effectiveness of links shared via the social-media services Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Here, effectiveness is measured by the "half-life" of a link: the amount of time it takes for that link to generate half the clicks it will ever attract. They summarize their results in this ggplot2 density...

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In case you missed it: August Roundup

September 8, 2011
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In case you missed them, here are some articles from August of particular interest to R users. A contest to showcase applications of R for businesses is offering $20,000 in prizes from Revolution Analytics. Three new open-source packages integrating R and Hadoop will be introduced by Revolution Analytics' CTO David Champagne in a webinar on September 21. Dirk Eddelbuettel...

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Analyzing big data in R: two presentations from useR! 2011

September 7, 2011
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At last month's useR! 2011 conference at Warwick University, there were two talks on the RevoScaleR package for big data statistics in R. The first was a keynote presentation from Revolution Analytics' Chief Scientist, Lee Edlefsen. Here is the overview of his talk, Scalable Data Analysis in R: For the past several decades the rising tide of technology --...

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Fortune: Data Science is the hot new job

September 6, 2011
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An article in the September 5 issue of Fortune Magazine notes that despite the economy, companies are scrambling to hire data scientists: Data scientists have been a fixture at online companies like Google (GOOG) and Amazon (AMZN) for years. But these days organizations as diverse as Wal-Mart (WMT) and Foursquare are hiring computer science experts who can analyze all...

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Webinar: Leveraging R in Hadoop Environments

September 6, 2011
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Webinar: Leveraging R in Hadoop Environments

On Wednesday September 21, Revolution Analytics' CTO David Champagne will give a live webinar introducing three new open-source packages for R and Hadoop, which make it possible to work with Hadoop data in R, and bring in-database R analytics to Hadoop. Here are the details: Date: Wednesday, September 21st Time: 10:00AM - 10:30AM Pacific Time Presenter: David Champagne, Chief...

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KDNuggest: R most commonly used software for data mining & analytics

September 5, 2011
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KDNuggest: R most commonly used software for data mining & analytics

In a poll with 570 respondents conducted last month at KDNuggets, the R software was the most frequent response to the question, "What programming languages you used for data mining / data analysis in the past 12 months?". The results are tabled below (respondents could select more than one response): In another poll conducted earlier this year, KDNuggets also...

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Discussion thread on R vs SAS for businesses

September 2, 2011
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There's an interesting discussion thread on LinkedIn going on now on the relative benefits of R versus SAS in the commercial sector. Oleg Okun kicks off the discussion with this question: Did anyone have to justify to a prospect/customer why R is better than SAS? What arguments did you provide? Did your prospect/customer agree with them? Why do you...

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Help showcase R with the "Applications in Business" contest

September 1, 2011
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By showing off what R can do for businesses, you could share in $20,000 in prizes from Revolution Analytics. R is already used in many companies around the world, but many people who could benefit from using R still don't know what it is or how it could help them. That's why we're reaching out to the expertise of...

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