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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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What can other languages learn from R?

September 9, 2010
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What can other languages learn from R?

At the ASA Statistical Computing Award ceremony in Vancouver last month, R's co-creator Ross Ihaka said that R began as a "system that was functional and well-designed, and made it easy and fun for other people to help". R's other co-creator, Robert Gentleman, also described the ability of others to contribute as "the exit strategy" that made R so...

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Webinar September 22: Deploying R

September 8, 2010
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In 2 weeks, on Wednesday September 22, I'll be hosting a webinar in conjunction with Andrew Lampitt at Jaspersoft. This new webinar is all about how to Deploy R: in other words, how to use the new server-based capabilities of Revolution R Enterprise 4 for Linux to embed the results of R scripts into applications and web pages. One...

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Revolution R Enterprise 4.0 free download for academics

September 7, 2010
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The Windows version of our latest enterprise distribution of R, Revolution R Enterprise 4.0, is now being delivered to subscribers and is also available for free download for members of the academic community. Revolution R Enterprise 4.0 is a major update, and includes many new and improved features: Based on R 2.11.1, the current release of the R. See...

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