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R and Data Week 2013

October 3, 2013
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R and Data Week 2013

by Joseph Rickert Data Week 2013 is being held this week in sunny San Francisco at the Fort Mason conference center overlooking the Bay. Holding a Bay Area R User Group Meeting (BARUG) at Data Week helped to raise the R consciousness among the hip conference crowd attracted by the intoxicating mix of blue skies, big data hype, startups...

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Revolution’s 2014 R User Group Sponsorship Program Begins October 1st!

September 26, 2013
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Revolution’s 2014 R User Group Sponsorship Program Begins October 1st!

by Joseph Rickert On October 1st, Revolution Analytics opens the 2014 season for sponsoring R user groups. Over the past few months we have seen quite a few new user groups start up and we expect the trend to continue into 2014. We hope that our 2014 sponsorship program will help to sustain the momentum.The following figure shows the...

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R and The Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics

September 20, 2013
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R and The Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics

by Joseph Rickert I don’t think that most people find reading the articles in the statistical journals to be easy going. In my experience, the going is particularly rough when trying to learn something completely new and I don’t expect it could be any other way. There is no getting around the hard work. However, at least in the...

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Alpha Testing RevoScaleR running in Hadoop

September 13, 2013
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by Joseph Rickert At Revolution Analytics our mission is to establish R as the driver for Enterprise level computational frameworks. In part, this means that a data scientist ought to be able to develop an R based application in one context, e.g. her local PC, and then get it moving by changing horses on the fly (so to speak)...

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R User Groups Update

September 5, 2013
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R User Groups Update

by Joseph Rickert R user groups continue to thrive worldwide. The map below plots the locations of the 127 R user groups listed in the directory we maintain at Revolution Analytics. i It includes 7 new groups that sprang up since we last highlighted user groups in July: Budapest, Hungary Burlington, Vermont Cairo, Egypt Gainesville, Florida Hong Kong, China...

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R and Linear Algebra

August 29, 2013
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by Joseph Rickert I was recently looking through upcoming Coursera offerings and came across the course Coding the Matrix: Linear Algebra through Computer Science Applications taught by Philip Klein from Brown University. This looks like a fine course; but why use Python to teach linear algebra? I suppose this is a blind spot of mine: MATLAB I can see....

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Big Data Sets you can use with R

August 22, 2013
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Big Data Sets you can use with R

by Joseph Rickert The world may indeed be awash with data, however, it is not always easy to find a suitable data set when you need one. As the number of people becoming involved with R and data science increases so does the need for interesting data sets for creating examples, showcasing machine learning algorithms and developing statistical analyses....

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R, drug development and the FDA

August 15, 2013
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by Joseph Rickert When you not directly working in an industry it is often extremely difficult to get any real insight into common practices that may be blindly transparent to people who are. With some persistence though, every once in awhile you can stumble into an opportunity to see why things are the way they are. Last week, at...

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Statisticians: an endangered species?

August 1, 2013
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by Joseph Rickert Every month I look forward to getting my copy of AMSTATNEWS, the monthly magazine of the American Statistical Association, in the mail. This July, I was both pleased and bemused by ASA President Marie Davidian’s article Aren’t We Data Science?. I was pleased to see a follow up to last month’s article The ASA and Big...

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Revolution Analytics Supports the R Community

July 25, 2013
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by Joseph Rickert Early on, Revolution Analytics realized that R is more than just a tool for statistical computing — it is also the culture that has grown up around the use of the tool. The R culture is open and inclusive, competitive but also nourishing. There is a strong sense of community that encourages contribution and growth. We...

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