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The R-Files: Hadley Wickham

September 21, 2010
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The R-Files: Hadley Wickham

"The R-Files" is an occasional series from Revolution Analytics, where we profile prominent members of the R Community. Name: Hadley Wickham Profession: Assistant Professor of Statistics, Rice University Nationality: New Zealand Years Using R: 10 Known for: Developing popular R packages including ggplot2, plyr, reshape; creator of crantastic.org; author of ggplot2: Elegant Graphics for Data Analysis An Assistant Professor...

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Saptarshi Guha on Hadoop, R

September 20, 2010
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Saptarshi Guha (author of the Rhipe package) joins the likes of Ebay, Yahoo, Twitter and Facebook and as one of just 37 presenters at the Hadoop World conference. (Revolution Analytics is proud to sponsor Saptarshi's presence at this event, which take place in New York on October 12.) He'll be talking about using R and Hadoop to analyze Voice-over-IP...

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In case you missed it: August Roundup

September 20, 2010
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In case you missed them, here are some articles from August of particular interest to R users. We noted that R had a key role in the US government's reaction to the BP oil spill, as related by the Statistical Engineering division chief at NIST. We linked to an example of creating an animation in Google Earth based on...

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Running R on the iPad

September 17, 2010
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I'm a hardcore Mac user, so it's annoying to me that we don't yet support Revolution R Enterprise on MacOS X. Believe me, I've argued the point. But MacOS is still a relatively uncommon platform in business, and there's just not the demand yet from customers to justify porting the Revolution R extensions to MacOS X. (Open-source Revolution R...

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R’s time is now

September 16, 2010
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Jeff Kelly of Tech Target has just published a feature article about R. While R has been around for almost 20 years now (R&R first started the project in 1993), "its time may have finally come", he says. One thing I really like about the article is how well it highlights R's flexibility and "top-notch" data visualizations. It includes...

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New R User Group in Brisbane

September 15, 2010
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There are now four -- count 'em, four -- local R user groups in Australia, with the addition of the latest group in Brisbane, Queensland. GRUB (Group for R Users in Brisbane) is just getting started and doesn't have a meeting scheduled yet, but if you're in the vicinity why not join up and make a suggestion! meetup.com: Group...

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Introducing RevoDeployR: Web Services for R

September 14, 2010
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Today, Revolution Analytics announced another add-on to R as part of Revolution R Enterprise. RevoDeployR is a Web Services framework for R, designed to make it easy to scalably and securely integrate computations done in R into other applications like spreadsheets and web pages. The idea is simple: as an R programmer, you can create a script in R...

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R 2.12.0 scheduled for October 15

September 13, 2010
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Just announced: the next release of R, version 2.12.0, will be released on October 15 (in source code form; binaries usually follow the same day or soon thereafter). Looking at the NEWS file, this release features several dozen tweaks and bug fixes to...

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Because it’s Friday: Religion and reading level

September 10, 2010
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Because it’s Friday: Religion and reading level

The dating site OK Cupid often publishes on their blog interesting analyses of based on the self-reported data from their users, and the latest post is no exception. Most commentary has focused on race/gender preference analysis: according to the "Likes" sections of OK Cupid profiles, white males like "sweaty guitar rock, bro-on-bro comedies, things with engines, and dystopias" whereas...

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plyr and reshape: better, faster, more productive

September 10, 2010
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Hadley Wickham has just released updates to his data-manipulation packages for R, plyr and reshape (now called reshape2), that are much faster and more memory-efficient than the previous incarnations. The reshape2 package lets you flexibly restructure and aggregate data using just three functions (melt, acast and dcast), whereas the plyr package is kind of like a supercharged SQL "GROUP...

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