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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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Taking R to the Limit: Parallelism and Big Data

August 23, 2010
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In a two-part series at the Los Angeles R User Group, Ryan Rosario took a look at the many ways you can take the R language to the limits of high-performance computing. In Part I (see video at this link; slides and code also available), Ryan focuses on the various methods of parallel computing in R. There's some great...

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Traffic prediction contest closing soon

August 22, 2010
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A quick reminder that the IEEE traffic-prediction competition closes soon. If you're thinking of entering you'll need to get the description of your R-based solution in by September 13. IEEE ICDM Contest: Road Traffic Prediction for Intelligent GPS Navigation

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How extreme is the Russian heatwave?

August 20, 2010
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How extreme is the Russian heatwave?

The devastating heatwave in Russia now seems to be over, but not before killing thousands, causing extensive wildfires, and destroying crops. But how severe was this heatwave, compared to past summers? Physicist and climate scientist Joe Wheatley looks at the record of temperature and rainfall in Russia over the last 60 years and places the last 3 months in...

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R courses from Statistics.com

August 19, 2010
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The fine folks at Statistics.com have a number of courses related to R coming up in the next few months, including what looks to be a very useful course in handling data with R from none other than R Core Team member Paul Murrell. The courses from Statistics.com are on-line, so you can participate on your own schedule and...

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New R User Group in Raleigh-Durham

August 18, 2010
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New local R user groups keep on popping up on a regular basis, which is great to see. The latest one is deep in SAS territory: it's the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill R Users Group in They don't have any meetings scheduled just yet (but when they do their gracious meetup hosts are Carrboro Creative Coworking). So if you're in the...

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Distributions in R

August 18, 2010
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One of the R language's most powerful features is its ability to deal with random distributions: not just generating random numbers from various distributions (based on a very powerful pseudo-random number generator), but also calculating densities, probabilities, and quintiles. John Cook provides a handy reference chart listing all of the distributions supported by standard R (reproduced below -- and...

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New R User Group in Singapore

August 17, 2010
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There's yet another R user group starting, this time in Singapore. Their first meetup is next week, on Wednesday August 25. If you're in Singapore, come along and meet your fellow R users! meetup.com: R User Group - SG

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In case you missed it: July Roundup

August 16, 2010
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In case you missed them, here are some articles from July of particular interest to R users. We reviewed the updates to Hadley Wickham's ggplot2 and plyr packages. We linked to an article about R co-creator Ross Ihaka in New Zealand's Sunday Star Times. We noted that the presentations from the R/Finance 2010 conference are available for download. We...

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