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New R User Group in Slovenia

July 20, 2010
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The new R User Group in Ljubljana, Slovenia is giving the Sydney group a run for the money when it comes to the best user group name. It's called Anonymous Rcoholics -- great name! You can join the group at the link below. Discussions are in English and Slovene. Google Groups: Anonymous Rcoholics

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New StackOverflow site for Statistics

July 19, 2010
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Since launching StackOverflow.com as a Q&A forum for programmers, the StackExchange network is now launching about three new sites a week on topics as specialized as cooking, jobs, and many many more. There's a well-defined, community-oriented process for setting up a new site: first it must be proposed, and then enough potential users must commit to the site and...

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In case you missed it: June Roundup

July 16, 2010
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Wow, is it the middle of July already? Anyway, in case you missed them, here are some articles from June of particular interest to R users. We noted that the program for the annual R user conference, useR! 2010, has been announced. (I and the rest of the Revolution team are looking forward to seeing all the R folks...

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Because it’s Friday: Analytics of an Engagement

July 16, 2010
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Because it’s Friday: Analytics of an Engagement

The always-interesting R blogger and political scientist Drew Conway -- and self-styled luckiest man on earth -- just announced some very happy news: he just got engaged to his future wife! Congratulations, Drew! (Drew proposed the traditional way, on a lovely European vacation. But if he'd just held off a couple of days he could have proposed via towel-clad...

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Wanted: Big-data beta testers

July 15, 2010
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We're nearing completion of the package of statistical tools for very large data sets that I gave an early preview of at R/Finance 2010. It will be released for Revolution R Enterprise later this year, but we're looking for some R users with big data sets to put the 1.0 version through its paces in the beta program and...

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R: a “Rock Star” for Business Intelligence

July 15, 2010
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TDWI (The Data Warehousing Institute) recently published a comprehensive article about R and increasing level of activity around it from commercial organizations, including Revolution Analytics. The article opens with: In statistical circles, "R" is the name of an open source programming language for statistical analysis. These days, it might also be shorthand for "rock star." Many of the companies...

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Revolution at useR! 2010

July 14, 2010
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Revolution Analytics is a proud sponsor of this year's annual R user conference, useR! 2010, and many members of the Revolution team will be there at Gaithersburg next week. We'll be hosting a booth at the conference where you can come up and meet the team, and see some of the new features being developed for Revolution R in...

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Norman Nie on Internet Evolution radio

July 13, 2010
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Revolution CEO Norman Nie just recorded a live podcast with Terry Sweeney of Internet Evolution Radio. In the 30-minute interview, Norman talked about the history of R, his time with SPSS, development plans for Revolution R, and how predictive analytics is impacting businesses, the Web, and even political opinion. You can hear the recorded interview at the link below....

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Charting the World Cup

July 12, 2010
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Charting the World Cup

Now that Spain has won the World Cup, it's interesting to go back and look at some metrics from the matches and see if we can tease out what characteristics made for a winning Cup team this time around. Fortunately, the Guardian's Data Blog has made a wealth of World Cup statistics available, with data on every player of...

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Visualizing the census

July 9, 2010
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Visualizing the census

Now that the 2010 survey is over, you might be wondering what we can learn from the data when the aggregated results are published. For a good guide to the kinds of questions you'll be able to answer, take a look at StatJump, where you can see tables and charts of the results of the 2000 census: population data...

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