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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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Competitive Data Science: An Update

November 18, 2010
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A quick reminder that two competitions based around data analysis, both very suited to R, are currently underway. First, there's still plenty of time to enter the competition to predict popular R packages, announced by the The Dataists and hosted at Kaggle. According to organizer Drew Conway, the competition has already received 114 entries from 21 teams. But with...

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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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