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The problem with R? Too much new stuff!

August 23, 2011
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In a tongue-in-cheek post at the Information Management blog, Steve Miller shares his "frustration" with R: package developers keep on releasing new functionality for R that makes his own work obsolete. For example, there's now pre-packaged functionality in R for enhanced dotplots, Economist-style graphics, additive regression models and more, which all obviate the need for Steve to implement such...

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More useR! 2011 roundups

August 22, 2011
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If you missed last week's worldwide R user conference at the University of Warwick, several attendees have posted informative roundups of the event. Check out these posts from Patrick Burns, Karl Broman, Colin Gillespie, Pairach Piboonrungroj and Richie Cotton (which features a rare, good Statistics joke). My own roundup of the conference was posted on Friday, in case you...

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Webinar Wednesday Aug 24: Revolution R Enterprise, 100% R and More

August 22, 2011
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A heads-up that I'll be giving a free webinar this Wednesday, August 24. In 30 minutes, I'll give an overview of the open-source R project and the additional features of Revolution R Enterprise: R users already know why the R language is the lingua franca of statisticians today: because it's the most powerful statistical language in the world. Revolution...

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useR! 2011 roundup

August 19, 2011
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useR! 2011 roundup

As I stand here at Heathrow waiting for my flight back to the States, I thought I'd dash off a few quick reflections of the userR! 2011 conference at University Warwick. It was an outstanding event. There's something about a conference of just a few hundred attendees (there were about 450) that creates a sense of camaraderie and common...

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The R-Files: Martyn Plummer

August 17, 2011
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The R-Files: Martyn Plummer

"The R-Files" is an occasional series from Revolution Analytics, where we profile prominent members of the R Community. Name: Martyn Plummer Occupation: Statistician at International Agency for Research on Cancer Nationality: British Years Using R: 16 Known for: Member of R core group; member of R Journal editorial board Martyn Plummer is a longtime contributor to the R community...

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Brian Ripley on The R Development Process

August 16, 2011
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R Core member Professor Brian Ripley from Oxford University gave the first keynote presentation of useR! 2011 today, and gave some insights into what goes on behind the scenes to create two updates to R (plus several patches) every year. He began with some facts about the history of R (noting that if they'd known R would take off...

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The R Ecosystem

August 16, 2011
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I gave my talk to the useR! 2011 conference this morning: The R Ecosystem. The goal of the talk was to show R in context: that the combination of the R project and its leadership, the R userbase, and the companies supporting and using R makes for a thriving ecosystem and is indicative of an extremely successful open source...

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Using Emacs as a front-end for R

August 15, 2011
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Back when I was a grad student, I was a devoted Emacs user. I basically used it like an operating system: it wasn't just my text editor, but also my mail reader, my Web browser, my news reader, and so much more. (I once even asked our sysadmin to change my default shell to /usr/bin/emacs. He refused.) So when...

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Live from useR!

August 15, 2011
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The Revolution Analytics team is at the R user conference useR! at Warwick University this week. We'll bring you the updates from the conference with the latest from the R community as we go, but as we're on UK time blogging will be at unusual hours for the next few days. Things are off to a great start, with...

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Revolution Newsletter: August 2011

August 12, 2011
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The most recent edition of the Revolution Newsletter is out. The news section is below, and you read the full August edition (with highlights from this blog and community events) online. You can subscribe to the Revolution Newsletter to get it monthly via email. Free 30-minute introduction to Revolution R Enterprise. On Wednesday August 24, author and blogger David...

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