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A first look at Spark

January 22, 2015
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A first look at Spark

by Joseph Rickert Apache Spark, the open-source, cluster computing framework originally developed in the AMPLab at UC Berkeley and now championed by Databricks is rapidly moving from the bleeding edge of data science to the mainstream. Interest in Spark, demand for training and overall hype is on a trajectory to match the frenzy surrounding Hadoop in recent years. Next...

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New Introductory R Course for Health Analytics

January 20, 2015
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New Introductory R Course for Health Analytics

by Bob Horton, Data Scientist, Revolution Analytics From electronic medical records to genomic sequences, the data deluge is affecting all aspects of health care. The Masters of Science in Health Informatics (MSHI) program at the University of San Francisco, now in its second year, is designed to help students develop the practical computing skills and quantitative perspicacity they need...

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Some basics for base graphics

January 15, 2015
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Some basics for base graphics

by Joseph Rickert One of the greatest strengths of the R language is surely the base graphics capabilities. Grid graphics, lattice, ggplot2, bigvis and the many R packages that interface with javascript D3 graphics have added astounding capabilities, well beyond what can be achieved with base graphics alone. Nevertheless, the quick, one line, base graphics plots ( like plot()...

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Interactive R Notebooks on powerful cloud hardware

January 13, 2015
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Interactive R Notebooks on powerful cloud hardware

by Nick Elprin Co-Founder Domino Data Lab "R Notebooks" use the IPython Notebook UI to run R (rather than Python) in notebook cells, giving you an interactive R environment hosted on scalable servers, accessible through a web browser. This post describes how and why we built our "R Notebooks" feature. Our product, Domino, is a platform that facilitates the...

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What’s your KatRisk Score?

January 8, 2015
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What’s your KatRisk Score?

by Joseph Rickert KatRisk, a Berkeley based catastrophe modeling company specializing in wind and flood risk, has put three R and Shiny powered interactive demos on their website. Together these provide a nice introduction to the practical aspects of weather based risk modeling and give a good indication of the kinds of data that are important. Two of the...

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Creating a custom soil attribute plot using ggmap

January 6, 2015
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Creating a custom soil attribute plot using ggmap

Cusby Ryan Garner Senior Data Scientist, Revolution Analytics I love creating spatial data visualizations in R. With the ggmap package, I can easily download satellite imagery which serves as a base layer for the data I want to represent. In the code below, I show you how to visualize sampled soil attributes among 16 different rice fields in Uruguay....

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Video: H2O Talks by Trevor Hastie and John Chambers

January 2, 2015
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by Joseph Rickert In a recent post, where I presented some R related highlights of November's H20 World conference, I singled out and described talks by Trevor Hastie and John Chambers and remarked that it would be nice if the videos would be made available. Well, thanks to the generosity of the folks at H2O I got my wish....

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The 6th Spanish R Users Conference

December 30, 2014
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The 6th Spanish R Users Conference

by Emilio L. Cano The VI Spanish R Users Conference took place on October 23 and 24 in Santiago de Compostela (Spain). It was a two-day event with a variety of talks and workshops about the R statistical software and programming language and its applications. First of all, let me thank all the local organizers, the melisa association and...

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Revolution Analytics’ 2015 R User Group Support Program is underway!

December 18, 2014
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Revolution Analytics’ 2015 R User Group Support Program is underway!

by Joseph Rickert Revolution Analytics's 2015 R User Group Support Program (RevoRUGS) begins today. Last year we provided financial support to 51 groups worldwide. That works out to be about one third of the total number of R active user groups listed in our Local User Group Directory. R User Groups Supported by Revolution Analytics in 2014 (Download RevoRUGS_2014...

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Interactive 2D & 3D Plots with Plotly and ggplot2

December 16, 2014
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Interactive 2D & 3D Plots with Plotly and ggplot2

by Matt Sundquist co-founder of Plotly R, Plotly, and ggplot2 let you make, share, and collaborate on beautiful, interactive plots online. Let's see what we can do with the topographic data from Auckland's Maunga Whau Volcano that comes with R. Copy and paste this R code to make your first plot. The basic idea is: use ggplot2 code, add...

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