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Slides: “Accessing Databases from R” #rstats

May 7, 2011
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Slides: “Accessing Databases from R” #rstats

For the past few meetings of the Greater Boston useR Group, we have been opened with an introductory “useR Vignette” talk on a topic which may be helpful for new R users. This week, I presented an overview of accessing databases from R. Several people have tweeted and blogged nice things about my talk and

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4 lines of R to get you started using the Rook web server interface

April 25, 2011
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4 lines of R to get you started using the Rook web server interface

Jeffrey Horner's new Rook package provides a new interface for developing R-based web applications. Rook allows the same application to run in R's built-in web server or (soon) in the rApache module. This post shows how easy it is to use the package's Rhttpd class to get started with Rook.

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Abusing Amazon’s Elastic MapReduce Hadoop service… easily, from R

January 10, 2011
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Abusing Amazon’s Elastic MapReduce Hadoop service… easily, from R

JD Long's experimental segue package makes it easy to use Amazon's Elastic MapReduce service to fire up a Hadoop cluster and use it for non-Big Data, computationally-intensive tasks. The package provides a cluster-aware version of lapply() which "just works".

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My first R package: zipcode

January 5, 2011
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My first R package: zipcode

My first package, zipcode, is now available on CRAN. It contains the CivicSpace database of 43,191 U.S. zip codes.

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how to install 64-bit rggobi on Mac OS X 10.5

November 30, 2010
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how to install 64-bit rggobi on Mac OS X 10.5

rggobi is the first package which didn't survive my transition from 32-bit to 64-bit in R 2.11.1. Fortunately, installing the package from source fixes it, and Hadley Wickham has posted the prerequisites and procedure.

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Incremental improvements to Nightlights mapping thanks to R-Bloggers

October 22, 2010
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Incremental improvements to Nightlights mapping thanks to R-Bloggers

The R community is very generous and collaborative. This post walks through the suggestions left by commenters to my previous post on Steve Mosher's Nightlights work, and show the resulting much-improved output.

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vecLib: Why Mac users are better off with Open Source R

October 21, 2010
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vecLib: Why Mac users are better off with Open Source R

Thanks to its use of Apple's vecLib for BLAS, LAPACK and related functions, the open source distribution of R performs many matrix calculations 2-10X faster than Revolution Analytics Community edition on Mac OS X systems.

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Nightlights: cool data, bad geocoding

October 14, 2010
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Nightlights: cool data, bad geocoding

A global source of population density has been on my low-priority wish list for some time, so I was very excited when I found Steve Mosher’s work with the Nighlights data set. “Nightlights” refers to the artificial lights seen from space at night. Astronomers call it “light pollution” which is pretty accurate since it’s decidedly

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rgdal and other GIS-related packages for Mac OS X

January 23, 2010
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rgdal and other GIS-related packages for Mac OS X

CRAN contains ready-made binary packages for nearly all of its packages, but rgdal is one which I keep finding myself trying to install from source whenever I upgrade R. Compiled versions of rgdal, along with prerequisites and complements like the GDAL framework, GRASS, and even the old FFTW3 can be found at KyngChaos’s Wiki: http://www.kyngchaos.com/software/frameworks

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