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Wanted: R hackers for Revolution

November 17, 2010
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Revolution Analytics is growing, and we're looking for some skilled R Hackers to work in our pre-Sales team. A big part of our task is showing companies how R is such a great tool for modern data analysis (especially compared to those older tools with 3- or 4-letter acronyms). So if you have a knack for applying R to...

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Data Science meets Humanities

November 16, 2010
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There's an interesting article in the NYT today about the emerging discipline of "digital humanities": extracting digital data from historical archives to answer questions from the Arts and Humanities. From the article: Members of a new generation of digitally savvy humanists argue it is time to stop looking for inspiration in the next political or philosophical “ism” and start...

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In case you missed it: October Roundup

November 16, 2010
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In case you missed them, here are some articles from October of particular interest to R users. Reviews of the winners and finalists of the 2010 ggplot2 case study competition. We have published a new article "R is Hot", with interviews from a dozen R users in industry and academia. A new code highlighting tool for displaying R code...

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Loops in R: Think different

November 15, 2010
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Especially for programmers that come to R from other languages, R sometimes gets dinged about the speed of its for loops. But a lot of the time, where you might have needed an iterative loop in another language to solve a specific task, you don't need a for loop in R at all. Often, there's a pre-build function to...

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Because it’s Friday: Asteroids

November 12, 2010
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A huge mass of rock hurtling in from space could really make a mess of your weekend plans. So it's comforting to know that the world's astronomers are out there keeping an eye for any potential earth-grazers. See their discoveries over the past 30 years in this beautifully-designed animation: Earth crossers are in red; earth approachers are in yellow;...

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New R User Group in Cincinnati / Dayton

November 12, 2010
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The latest local R user group to join the fold is CinDay RUG, serving the Cincinnati/Dayton area in Ohio. The group was founded by Stu Rodgers, who decided to set it up after posting a query on LinkedIn and finding several other R users in the area. Even if you think there's not enough likeminded folks in your area...

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Update: Forbes wants your R stories by Nov 17

November 12, 2010
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I mentioned recently that Forbes is seeking stories about R for a forthcoming issue. Well, the story will now be in the December issue (bumped up from the January issue), so be sure to get your post your stories about R to the Mean Business blog by November 17. Forbes: Names You Need to Know in 2011: R Data...

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Remembering on 11/11

November 11, 2010
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Remembering on 11/11

Today is Veterans Day in the US, and Remembrance Day or Armistice Day elsewhere in the world. Whatever you know this day as, it's a day for remembering the sacrifices of those who served. Drew Conway has commemorated the day in a touching yet saddening way, by visualizing with R the sparse distribution of funds to support the many...

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Help Mozilla visualize how people use Firefox

November 11, 2010
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Help Mozilla visualize how people use Firefox

You might recall we posted a couple of weeks ago this chart summarizing the times of the day Firefox users switch on Private Browsing mode: The chart, based on data from the Mozilla Test Pilot program tells an interesting story about the habits of Web users. But what other interesting stories could be told, to reveal more insights into...

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Tell Forbes how you use R

November 10, 2010
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Steve McNally of the Forbes Mean Business blog says R is a name you need to know for 2011. He cites some great examples of R in action: Facebook has used R to figure out that “just two data points are significantly predictive of whether a user remains on Facebook: (i) having more than one session as a new...

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