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Promote your favorite R functions

November 9, 2010
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The 27 base and recommended libraries of the standard R 2.12 distribution together contain 3556 functions (you can check using the code posted after the jump). Many of the functions are commonly used: c, data.frame, rnorm, lm. But some of those functions, while being extremely useful, may be less well known to many R users. Some examples I'd wish...

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New R User Group in Houston

November 9, 2010
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The latest local R user group to form is located in Houston, Texas. The first meeting of the Houston R Users Group is tonight at Rice University (in conjunction with the Houston chapter of the ASA). R hackr (typo intended!) Hadley Wickham will be giving a presentation on writing R packages, and you can check out the slides on...

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Using R and Hadoop to analyze VOIP data

November 8, 2010
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Last month, the newest member of Revolution's engineering team, Saptarshi Guha, gave a presentation at Hadoop World 2010 on using R and Hadoop to analyze 1.3 billion voice-over-IP packets to identify calls and measure call quality. Saptarshi, of course, is the author of RHIPE, which lets R programmers write map-reduce algorithms in the Hadoop framework without needing to learn...

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The Dataists answer your questions

November 8, 2010
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The fine bloggers (and R experts) at the Dataists have volunteered to answer questions about data analysis on Reddit: A few months ago, a group of likeminded folks in New York and the San Francisco Bay area decided it was time to start a blog about data, and we can up with the Dataists. Since then we thought about...

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Because it’s Friday: Epidemiology in 1632

November 5, 2010
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Because it’s Friday: Epidemiology in 1632

I first got interested in epidemiology when I saw the famous John Snow chart (in a Tufte book, I think?) which pinpointed the pump which caused the 1854 cholera outbreak in London. For some reason I'd gotten the impression that this was essentially the birth of epidemiology as a discipline, but it's actually been around a lot longer than...

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ACM Data Mining Camp 3

November 5, 2010
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The San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the ACM is will hold its third data mining camp next Saturday (November 13) at the Ebay campus in San José. Like the previous camps, this will be a one-day "unconference"-style event, with an agenda developed ad-hoc on the day according to the interests of the attendee. With data scientists from the...

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Dress your R code for the Web with Pretty R

November 4, 2010
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Dress your R code for the Web with Pretty R

If you have some R code to include in a document, especially a Web-based document like a blog post, the new "Pretty R" feature on inside-R.org can help you make it look its best. Given some raw R code, it will create a HTML version of the code, adding syntax highlighting elements and links. Functions, strings, comments and literals...

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R is Hot: Part 5

November 4, 2010
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This the final installment of a five-part article series. You can download the complete article from the Revolution Analytics website. Building a Business The value of R to business is borne out by the experiences of John Lucker and his team of advanced analytics professionals at Deloitte Consulting LLP. John is a Deloitte Consulting Principal and leads the firm’s...

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Keeping up with election results, with R

November 3, 2010
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Keeping up with election results, with R

Yesterday's US election is pretty much over now: most of the results are in, the pundits have offered their political analysis, and there's even been a bit of mathematical analysis of the results, too. But last night as the results were flowing in, R user Brock Tibert just wanted to track the results of the Massachusetts governor's race. The...

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Another lottery coincidence

November 2, 2010
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Last week, the Freakonomics blog in the NYT reported that the Israeli lottery had drawn the same six numbers twice in a month. The seventh "bonus ball" was different, but still: quite a coincidence, right? Cue the quote from an expert to explain just how remarkable this is: Yitzhak Melechson, a statistics professor at the University of Tel Aviv,...

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