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SAS vs Open Source

October 29, 2010
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SAS CEO Jim Goodnight elicited guffaws from the audience during his keynote at JSM this year when he said "I have a problem with government using open source software". Now it seems Goodnight is at the center of another controversy related to open source, having dismissed the growth of open-source software for business intelligence in an interview with CBR...

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Revolution Analytics’ Chief Scientist

October 28, 2010
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Lee Edlefsen, who has led the Revolution R development team in Seattle for more than three years, is now the Chief Scientist for Revolution Analytics. With more than 30 years experience in high-performance and statistical computing, this is a great position for Lee. There's more details in the press release linked below. Revolution Analytics: Revolution Analytics names Chief Scientist...

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R is Hot: Part 4

October 28, 2010
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This is Part 4 of a five-part article series, with new parts published each Thursday. You can download the complete article from the Revolution Analytics website. High Quality Graphics, Made Easy R is especially useful for generating charts and graphics, quickly and easily. The ability to create visual plots of complex data is more than just a handy trick;...

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R Cookbook

October 27, 2010
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Following up on the successful "R in a Nutshell", O'Reilly has just published a new book on R, The R Cookbook, by Paul Teetor. Here's the description: Perform data analysis with R quickly and efficiently using the task-oriented recipes in this cookbook. The R language and environment include everything necessary to perform statistical work right out of the box,...

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InfoWorld: R a programming language "on the rise"

October 27, 2010
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In an article looking at once-niche programming languages that are now being deployed in businesses, R is named as one of 7 programming languages on the rise: R is another Swiss Army Knife of numerical and statistical routines for hacking through the big data sets -- collections big enough that it might be better called a Swiss Army Machete....

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R nominated for best open-source project in New Zealand

October 26, 2010
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The R project, born in New Zealand in 1993, has been nominated as the best open-source project in the New Zealand Open-Source Awards 2010. R's co-creator Ross Ihaka talks about the project in this article by the New Zealand Herald: Ross Ihaka from the University of Auckland started developing R 20 years ago, but it took off about a...

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Upcoming R courses from Statistics.com

October 26, 2010
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The online training provider Statistics.com has three great courses based on R coming up in the next few months: Nov. 5 - Dec. 3: "Graphics in R," with Paul Murrell Nov. 20 – Dec. 18: Support Vector Machines in R" with Dr. Lutz Hamel Dec. 17 - Jan. 22: "Geostatistics in R" with Prof. David Unwin The courses take...

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The language of Statistics

October 25, 2010
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R is the lingua franca of Statistics: R code and R packages is the means by which statisticians communicate ideas and methods for statistical analysis. The reasons why are discussed in this article, but it also begs the question: what's wrong with the spoken or written word? How Statistics and Probability relate to the English language is the subject...

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Because it’s Friday: Arthur C Clarke predicts the present

October 22, 2010
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On the BBC Horizon programme in 1964, Arthur C Clarke made some predictions about the future. He prefaced his predictions with the following caveat: If, by some miracle, a prophet could describe the future exactly as it was going to take place, his predictions would sound so absurd, so farfetched, that everybody would laugh him to scorn. So what...

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A workflow for R

October 22, 2010
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Writing an R script is one thing. Organizing your process: where to put the data, how to refer to files in scripts, how to run the scripts, and how to produce and collect and report the results; that's quite another. Every R user has their own workflow for doing data analysis with R, but the best workflows achieve the...

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