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Who knows the Oscar winners? The betting markets, probably.

February 28, 2014
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Who knows the Oscar winners? The betting markets, probably.

This is the time of year when everyone likes to speculate on the winners of the Academy Awards, to be announced on Sunday. There are plenty of ways to try and predict which movie is going to win Best Picture or who'll win Best Actress. You could look at the various betting markets and see who the speculators are...

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Revolution Analytics named a Visionary in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Advanced Analytics Platforms

February 26, 2014
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The entire team at Revolution Analytics is very proud to announce that Gartner has named Revolution Analytics a Visionary in the inaugural Gartner Magic Quadrant for Advanced Analytics Platforms, published February 19, 2014. The report evaluated 16 vendors through a series of stringent criteria related to the ability to execute and completeness of vision. Revolution Analytics is positioned the...

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Because it’s Friday: US Dialects

February 21, 2014
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Because it’s Friday: US Dialects

In the video below from The Atlantic, the differences in the way US citizens describe or pronounce various things is illustrated in a series of phone calls (via Sullivan): If you're wondering how your dialect fits in, you can try the New York Times Dialect Quiz. Answer 25 questions, and it will identify the 3 US cities that most...

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A survival guide to Data Science with R, from Graham Williams

February 21, 2014
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Graham Williams is the Lead Data Scientist at the Australian Taxation Office, and the creator of Rattle, an open-source GUI for data mining with R. (Check out some recent reviews/demos of Rattle on this blog here and here.) Dr Williams continues his many contributions to the R community with One Page R, a "Survival Guide to Data Science with...

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Atlantic Feature on AI and R

February 19, 2014
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A recent feature article in The Atlantic describes the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how researchers "conduct sophisticated data analyses using cloud resources such as Amazon Web Services and R, an open source application for statistic...

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Sales forecasting and direct mail optimization with Revolution R Enterprise and Alteryx

February 17, 2014
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If you missed our recent webinar Creating Value that Scales, you missed out on a live demonstration of the big-data analytics of Revolution R Enterprise embedded in the drag-and-drop visual workflow interface of Alteryx. If you want to see how a decision-maker can use the results of workflows created by data scientists, skip ahead to 25:45 to see a...

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Because it’s Valentine’s Day: Statistical Plushies

February 14, 2014
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Because it’s Valentine’s Day: Statistical Plushies

Looking for a sweet gift for your data-loving significant other? Then check out these statistical distribution plushies on Etsy: Availale in pink (log-Normal distribution), yellow (chi-square distribution), light green (Normal distribution), baby blue (T-distribution), and lilac (uniform distribution). They're cute, they're educational, last longer than roses and much better for you for chocolates — and the patterns were created...

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BitCoin profits with the Sushi-Burger Shuffle

February 14, 2014
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BitCoin profits with the Sushi-Burger Shuffle

The BitCoin cryptocurrency has been much in the news of late. What, you don't have BitCoins? (Don't worry, neither do I.) Unless you have a supercomputer in your back yard and a cheap source of power, it's no longer really feasible to mine them yourself. But if you want some, several online exhanges will let you buy BitCoins for...

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R skills attract the highest salaries

February 11, 2014
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R skills attract the highest salaries

Two recent salary surveys have shown that R language skills attract median salaries in excess of $110,000 in the United States. In the 2014 Dice Tech Salary Survey of over 17,000 technology professionals, the highest-paid IT skill was R programming. While big-data skills in general featured strongly in the top tier, having R at the top of the list...

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Winter Olympic Medal Standings, presented by R

February 10, 2014
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Winter Olympic Medal Standings, presented by R

There's no shortage of web sites listing the current medal standings at Sochi, not least the official Winter Olympics Medal Tally. And here's the same tally, rendered with R: Click through to see a real-time version of the chart, created with RStudio's Shiny by Ramnath Vaidyanathan. (By the way, does anyone know if it's possible to embed a live...

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