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The residuals of crime

June 3, 2011
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The residuals of crime

Real-estate search website Trulia has a new tool to help you in your choice of a new home: crime maps. With local police forces being much better about sharing data crime maps are nothing new, but Trulia takes it to the next level with a slick user interface for navigating US cities, a beautiful heat-map visualization of crime hot-spots...

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Highlights from R/Finance 2011 presentations

June 2, 2011
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Patrick Burns offers his selections from the presentations at the R/Finance 2011 conference. Check out his post for overviews of some great presentations (and truly, there's some awesome content available to download). I'll add another of my favourites: Bryan Lewis's presentation of his interface from R to the betfair betting market. (But if you use it to automate bets...

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The Netflix Prize, Big Data, SVD and R

May 31, 2011
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One of the key data analysis tools that the BellKor team used to win the Netflix Prize was the Singular Value Decomposition (SVD) algorithm. As a file on disk, the Neflix Prize data (a matrix of about 480,000 members' ratings for about 18,000 movies) was about 65Gb in size -- too large to be read into the standard in-memory...

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Presentations from R/Finance 2011 available

May 27, 2011
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Last month's R/Finance 2011 conference in Chicago was an outstanding event, bringing together some of the best minds in applying R to financial data. Presentations from the speakers are now available for download, with a wealth of useful information there for anyone working in quantiative finance. Not to be missed, though, is John Bollinger's (yes, that John Bollinger) retrospective...

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New online R courses from Statistics.com

May 26, 2011
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Online training provider Statistics.com has introduced a couple of new R-related courses which are well worth checking out. These are all self-paced on-line courses, with materials by and interactive feedback from leading R gurus. Current R users looking to take their programming skills to the next level will be particularly interested in the Advanced Programming in R course from...

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KDnuggets: R used in 1 in 4 analytics projects

May 24, 2011
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The most recent KDnuggets poll asked, "Which data mining/analytic tools you used in the past 12 months for a real project". Amongst all commercial and open-source tools, open-source R was the second most-frequently cited, by 23.3% or about 1 in 4 respondents. (The most frequent was the open-source data mining tool, RapidMiner.) See the full poll results at the...

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Participate in the 2011 Rexer Data Mining Survey

May 23, 2011
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Last year's Rexer Data Mining Survey reported that R is used by more data miners than any other tool. If you're using R for data mining or data analysis generally, be counted at the 2011 Data Miner Survey (use access code: RL3X2), which closes in early June. Here's some background on the survey: The survey is conducted annually by...

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Quantifying gravitational lensing by dark matter

May 23, 2011
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Quantifying gravitational lensing by dark matter

The latest prediction competition at Kaggle is literally "out of this world": the goal is to quantify the shape of 2-D images of galaxies from a simulated telescope, to test models for how invisible dark matter in the Universe distorts the images through gravitational lensing (as shown in the image below; see the FAQ for more details). If you're...

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Hacking the Kinect with R

May 20, 2011
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I was browsing through the draft abstract booklet for this year's worldwide R user conference useR! 2011, and noticed this abstract: KinectR – Kinect interface to R Landon Jensen Microsoft launched the Kinect for Xbox 360 in late 2010 and it quickly broke records as the fastest selling consumer electronics device in history (8 million units sold in the...

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Hadley Wickham’s R Development Master Class coming to SF

May 19, 2011
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Hadley Wickham, the Rice professor and prolific R hacker best known as the author of the ggplot2 graphics package, will be coming to San Francisco June 8-9 to deliver his new R Development Master Class (in conjunction with Revolution Analytics). This course will build on the skills of basic R programmers with instruction in advanced R programming techniques, development...

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