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Student travel grants for useR! 2011

February 17, 2011
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For students planning to attend the annual worldwide R user conference, useR! 2011, travel grants are available to help defray the cost of attending the conference in the UK. CRISM is offering bursaries for accommodation and conference fees, and Revolu...

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Take the ggplot2 user survey

February 16, 2011
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The author of the ggplot2 graphics package for R, Hadley Wickham, is looking for feedback from ggplot2 users. If you've used ggplot2, fill out his short survey at the link below. WuFoo: ggplot2 survey

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The Egyptian Revolution, in tweets

February 16, 2011
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The Egyptian Revolution, in tweets

Twitter played a significant role in the recent uprising in Egypt, with protesters communicating via tweets marked with the #25bahman hastag (February 14 in the arabic calendar) to plan and rally for the demonstration. Michael Bommarito downloaded all such tweets and plotted their frequency over time using R's ggplot2 library: Not surprisingly, the activity peaked on February 14. The...

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R 2.12.2 scheduled for February 25

February 15, 2011
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The next release of R is scheduled for release February 25, and R 2.12.2 will likely be the final bug-fix release of the 2.12 series before R 2.13 is released in April. According to the NEWS file in the latest daily build, 2.12.2 will improve complex-arithmetic support on some rare platforms that don't support complex types in C99, and...

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OkCupid: Finding your Valentine with R

February 14, 2011
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Free dating site OkCupid (which was recently acquired by match.com) collects a lot of data. With over 3 million members, many of whom have provided extensive information about their personal details including preferences, lifestyle, sexuality and hobbies via their dating profiles, they have a wealth of information upon which to identify trends about the love lives of a typical...

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Where should you publish that next paper?

February 11, 2011
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Where should you publish that next paper?

Like many academics, Arthur Charpentier thinks a lot about publishing papers in journals. Specifically, we wondered if there was a way to figure out which journal was the best place to publish his next paper and have it accepted: I was wondering if there were clusters of journals, i.e. journals that publish almost the same kind of articles (so...

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R overtakes SAS and Matlab in programming language popularity

February 10, 2011
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Tiobe Software ranks the popularity of programming languages based on references in search engines. While the methodology might be debated in terms of the absolute rankings it produces, it is quite interesting to see how the rankings fluctuate over time: Tiobe has produced a monthly report of rankings based on this methodology since 2001. In the Tiobe Programming Community...

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New R User Groups in Europe

February 9, 2011
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It's great to see the growth in R user groups around the world, and now there are three new ones in western Europe: In Amsterdam, a new R user group has just formed, called amst-R-dam. They are just scheduling their first meeting now (vote here for a date) which will be in the next 3-4 weeks; In Geneva, the...

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Abstracts for R/Finance 2011 due February 15

February 8, 2011
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If you're planning to go to R/Finance 2011 in Chicago (and if you're doing quantitative finance with R, you definitely should), time is running out to submit your abstract for contributed talks. The best part of R/Finance is learning about all the interesting ways R is used to analyze financial data, so why not share your experiences as you...

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Revolution in the News

February 8, 2011
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Between the recent launch of Revolution R Enterprise 4.2 and the announcement of the SAS to R Challenge, there's been a flurry of recent news about Revolution Analytics and R in the media. Here's a quick recap: The Register's Timothy Prickett Morgan comments on the SAS to R Challenge: 'Red Hat for stats' goes toe-to-toe with SAS. "By supporting...

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