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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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R co-creator Ross Ihaka wins Lifetime Achievement Award in Open Source

November 9, 2010
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The co-creator of R, University of Auckland Associate Professor of Statistics Dr. Ross Ihaka, was yesterday awarded the Catalyst Lifetime Achievement in Open Source Award at the 2010 New Zealand Open Source Awards. From the announcement: Dr. Ihaka is one of the originators of the world-renown ‘R’ programming language and software environment for statistical computing and graphics. In 2008...

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Promote your favorite R functions

November 9, 2010
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The 27 base and recommended libraries of the standard R 2.12 distribution together contain 3556 functions (you can check using the code posted after the jump). Many of the functions are commonly used: c, data.frame, rnorm, lm. But some of those functions, while being extremely useful, may be less well known to many R users. Some examples I'd wish...

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New R User Group in Houston

November 9, 2010
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The latest local R user group to form is located in Houston, Texas. The first meeting of the Houston R Users Group is tonight at Rice University (in conjunction with the Houston chapter of the ASA). R hackr (typo intended!) Hadley Wickham will be giving a presentation on writing R packages, and you can check out the slides on...

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Using R and Hadoop to analyze VOIP data

November 8, 2010
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Last month, the newest member of Revolution's engineering team, Saptarshi Guha, gave a presentation at Hadoop World 2010 on using R and Hadoop to analyze 1.3 billion voice-over-IP packets to identify calls and measure call quality. Saptarshi, of course, is the author of RHIPE, which lets R programmers write map-reduce algorithms in the Hadoop framework without needing to learn...

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The Dataists answer your questions

November 8, 2010
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The fine bloggers (and R experts) at the Dataists have volunteered to answer questions about data analysis on Reddit: A few months ago, a group of likeminded folks in New York and the San Francisco Bay area decided it was time to start a blog about data, and we can up with the Dataists. Since then we thought about...

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Because it’s Friday: Epidemiology in 1632

November 5, 2010
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Because it’s Friday: Epidemiology in 1632

I first got interested in epidemiology when I saw the famous John Snow chart (in a Tufte book, I think?) which pinpointed the pump which caused the 1854 cholera outbreak in London. For some reason I'd gotten the impression that this was essentially the birth of epidemiology as a discipline, but it's actually been around a lot longer than...

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