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R is indispensable, because it’s reproducible

August 31, 2010
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Maria Wolters, self-styled "Science-Mum of two" and speech and language technology researcher, has a great blog post about the one tool she couldn't live without: R. Maria says R is her "favourite tool for analysing experimental results and modelling the resulting patterns of behaviour and preferences", and explains why: R is a programming language for everything statistical. It’s free,...

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Wanted: R Analysis of New Scientist Covers

August 30, 2010
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Wanted: R Analysis of New Scientist Covers

Peter Aldhous and Jim Giles -- from New Scientist's San Francisco bureau -- are looking for a statistician and R user to take part in an interesting data analysis challenge, and also be part of a future article in the magazine. They were inspired by this rather tongue-in-cheek presentation where Sebastian Wernicke analyzed videos, transcripts and ratings of TED...

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Because it’s Friday: How Machines Work

August 27, 2010
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Because it’s Friday: How Machines Work

Ever wondered how a sewing machine seemingly manages to knot stitches without ever releasing the thread? Well, wonder no more: Find this and other animations of marvels of engineering, including the universal velocity joint and the rotary engine, at the link below. World Of Technology: Complicated Mechanisms Explained in simple animations (via) http://mytechnologyworld9.blogspot.com/2010/08/complicated-mechanisms-explained-in.html

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Poll: Half of SAS users considering a switch

August 27, 2010
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A recent poll of KD Nuggets readers suggests that of those using SAS today, almost half (49.6%) are considering switching to a different system for statistical analysis. The poll was prompted by the recent high court decision in the UK, that affirmed that "WPS is lawful clone of SAS system" (as stated in a WPS press release). The exact...

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New R User Groups in Seoul, Denver

August 26, 2010
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We have two new local R user groups to report this week. In Seoul, South Korea R user Chel Hee Lee is the organizer of the GNU R User's Group and Open Statistics Project in Korea. My translate-fu isn't quite up to figuring out when the next meeting is, but you can contact the group organizers here or here....

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Online Certificate Courses in Computational Finance with R

August 25, 2010
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As announced on the R-Sig-Finance mailing list, the University of Washington is now offering a three-course online certificate in computational finance, using the R programming language as the software base. The three courses are: Investment Science R Computing for Computational Finance Portfolio Construction and Risk Management The course is presented by Doug Martin (founder of S-PLUS and longtime computational...

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Slides and replay for “Big Data with Revolution R”

August 25, 2010
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Thanks to everyone who attended our webinar this morning, Big Data Analysis for R Using Revolution R Enterprise, and in particular thanks for all the thoughtful questions during the Q&A session. If you missed the live broadcast, a replay is now available (requires the ability to view WMV files), and you can also download the slides in PDF format....

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R and Analytics: A good career choice

August 24, 2010
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According to Microsoft, the hottest three new tech majors are: Data Mining/Machine Learning/AI/Natural Language Processing Business Intelligence/Competitive Intelligence Analytics/Statistics – specifically Web Analytics, A/B Testing and statistical analysis Tim O'Reilly concurs. Of course, R features prominently in most of these areas -- follow the links I added above for examples -- and is growing rapidly, so learning R makes...

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Webinar: Big Data Analysis with Revolution R

August 24, 2010
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Don't forget that I'll be hosting a webinar tomorrow talking about the new RevoScaleR package included with the forthcoming Revolution R Enterprise 4.0. The webinar will also feature a live demonstration from Joseph Rickert. The full details are below, and you can register for the webinar here. Big Data Analysis for R Using Revolution R Enterprise Date: Wednesday, Aug...

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What’s for lunch? Private browsing.

August 23, 2010
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What’s for lunch? Private browsing.

Over at the Mozilla Metrics blog, Mozillan Hamilton Ulmer uses R and ggplot2 to look at when people (or at least, Firefox users that volunteered to share their usage data) enable private browsing. Turns out it isn't just "porn mode" after all: the main use turns out to be lunchtime browsing away from the employer's prying eyes: Follow the...

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