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An analysis of the Wikileaks data with R

July 30, 2010
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An analysis of the Wikileaks data with R

At his Zero Intelligence Agents blog, Drew Conway has taken on the task of performing a quantitative analysis (using R, of course) of the controversial Afghanistan document dump from Wikileaks. He's started with an analysis of the overall flow of information in the five Afghanistan regions, categorized by type of activity (enemy, neutral, etc.). (Click to enlarge.) It's a...

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A free book on probability and statistics with R

July 29, 2010
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G Jay Kerns has published a 400+ page introductory text on Probability and Statistics. All of the examples and illustrations are done using R (as Jay puts it, "The people at the party are Probability and Statistics; the handshake is R") so if you want to brush up on your probability and learn R at the same time, this...

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Taking R to Eleven

July 28, 2010
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R, the open-source statistical software system, is certainly a hot topic these days. It's been the subject of increasing media interest over the last year or so, and the user community is expanding rapidly: there are now about 40 R user groups around the world, and last week's worldwide R User Conference was the most successful ever. So why...

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Revolution in the News

July 27, 2010
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Revolution's CEO Noman Nie has been busy recently spreading the good word about R and Revolution. Here's a quick roundup: In an audio interview with Mary Joe Nott at B-eye Network, Norman talks about the "perfect storm" around R, "the most complete statistical tool in the world". In Business Management magazine, Norman Nie describes how predictive analytics is changing...

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Snapshots from useR! 2010

July 26, 2010
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Snapshots from useR! 2010

I've still got more to write from days 2 and 3 of useR! 2010, but in the meantime here are a few snapshots from my camera roll. (Click on the images for larger versions.) Jeroen Ooms (left) chats with other useRs in the main hallway at NIST. Karim Chine demonstrates his Electric-R portal for R on Amazon's EC2 cloud....

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New R User Group in Melbourne

July 26, 2010
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Data mining analyst Yuval Marom has just started a new user group for users of R in Melbourne (the one in Australia). He says: The group is open to people with all levels of experience with R, including complete beginners and complete experts, and people from all industries - private, government, and academic. The main purpose of the group...

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Plaudits for R

July 23, 2010
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I just discovered that R core member Paul Murrell has been maintain a list of plaudits for R: newspaper articles, book reviews, remarks on mailing lists and blogs, and even gratitudes from individual R users. He's collected dozens of entries since 2001 -- great materials here if you ever need more evidence of the awesomeness of R. Paul Murrell:...

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UseR! 2010 day 1

July 22, 2010
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Just a couple of quick notes about the first day of talks at useR! 2010. It's been a jam-packed schedule -- so many good talks to see and people to meet, I just wish I had more time for it all! One stand-out for me so far has been Frank Harrell's keynote lecture Information Allergy, on the dangers of...

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Inside-R.org, a new community site for R

July 21, 2010
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As recently as a couple of years ago, finding information about R in the Web was hard. Other than the canonical content and mailing list archives at the official R project site, www.r-project.org, there wasn't too much else dedicated to R on the web -- and what was there was hard to find on Google without the help of...

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Reminder: Launch Party for Inside-R.org tonight

July 21, 2010
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If you're in the DC area (attending useR!2010, perhaps) this evening, Revolution Analytics (in conjunction with the DC Area R User Group) is hosting a party to celebrate the launch of Inside-R.org at the Crowne Plaza in Rockville at 8PM. Come along for drinks and food, mingle with other R users, hear about the new community site for R,...

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