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CRAN release jsonlite 0.9.10 (RC)

August 19, 2014
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CRAN release jsonlite 0.9.10 (RC)

The jsonlite package is a JSON parser/generator optimized for the web. It implements a bidirectional mapping between JSON data and the most important R data types. This is very powerful for interacting with web APIs, or to build pipelines where...

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Running OpenCPU server on Fedora and Enterprise Linux

August 14, 2014
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Running OpenCPU server on Fedora and Enterprise Linux

Starting version 1.4.4, the OpenCPU cloud server can run on Redhat distributions, i.e. Fedora and Enterprise Linux (CentOS/RHEL). This post explains how to install and use OpenCPU on these systems. But before continuing I should emphasize that ...

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Combining pages of JSON data with jsonlite and plyr

July 24, 2014
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Combining pages of JSON data with jsonlite and plyr

The jsonlite package is a JSON parser/generator for R which is optimized for pipelines and web APIs. It is used by the OpenCPU system and many other packages to get data in and out of R using the JSON format. A bidirectional mapping One of the main strenghts of jsonlite is that it...

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Recording of OpenCPU talk at #useR2014

July 9, 2014
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Recording of OpenCPU talk at #useR2014

A recording of the useR! 2014 prentation about OpenCPU is now available on Youtube. This talk gives a brief (20 minute) motivation and introduction to some of the high level concepts of the OpenCPU system. The video contains mostly screen recor...

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The future of R on the web at #user2014

June 27, 2014
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The future of R on the web at #user2014

The schedule and abstracts for useR! 2014 have been posted on the conference website. Session 2 (tuesday 1pm) of the Kaleidoscope track will feature a fantastic set of talks about R and the web, including RCloud (Gordon Woodhull, AT&T), Ope...

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Deploying a scoring engine for predictive analytics with OpenCPU

June 23, 2014
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Deploying a scoring engine for predictive analytics with OpenCPU

TLDR/abstract: See the tvscore demo app or this jsfiddle for all of this in action. This post explains how to use the OpenCPU system to setup a scoring engine for calculating real time predictions. In our example we use the predict.gam function from the mgcv package to make predictions based...

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Paper: The OpenCPU system – towards a universal interface for scientific computing through separation of concerns

June 20, 2014
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Paper: The OpenCPU system – towards a universal interface for scientific computing through separation of concerns

This week a new paper appeared on arXiv titled: The OpenCPU System: Towards a Universal Interface for Scientific Computing through Separation of Concerns. It is based on a chapter of my thesis and provides a conceptual introduction to embedded...

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OpenCPU Gem for Ruby

May 22, 2014
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OpenCPU Gem for Ruby

The guys from roqua.nl are working on a OpenCPU wrapper Gem. This simple API client provides a pretty nice basis for building R web applications with Ruby. A minimal example from the readme: client.execute :digest, :hmac, { key: 'foo', object: 'bar', algo: 'md5' } # => Which performs the following JSON RPC...

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OpenCPU release 1.3 and 1.4

April 20, 2014
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OpenCPU release 1.3 and 1.4

After a few months of testing we present OpenCPU versions 1.3 and 1.4. These releases do not introduce any major changes in the OpenCPU HTTP API but focus entirely on performance, reliability and security to support long running servers. The on...

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Getting ready for OpenCPU 1.3

March 17, 2014
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Getting ready for OpenCPU 1.3

The OpenCPU public demo server and ocpu.io have been upgraded to an early version of the upcoming OpenCPU 1.3 release. This release is scheduled for April 17 along with Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty). By deploying it on the public demo server we get som...

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