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New ASA Guidelines for Undergraduate Statistics Programs

December 12, 2014
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New ASA Guidelines for Undergraduate Statistics Programs

by Joseph Rickert The American Statistical Association (ASA) Undergraduate Guidelines Workgroup recently published the report Curriculum Guidelines for Undergraduate Programs in Statistical Science. Although intended for educators setting up or revamping Stats programs at colleges and universities, this concise, 17 page document should be good reading for anyone who wants to take charge of their own education in learning...

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Quandl Chapter 2: The Democratization of Commercial Data

December 9, 2014
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by Tammer Kamel Quandl's Founder About 22 months ago I had the privilege of introducing Quandl to the world on this blog. At that time Quandl had about 2 million datasets and a few hundred users. (And we thought that was fabulous.) Now, at the end of 2014, we have some 12 million datasets on the site and tens...

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Some R User Group Highlights for November 2014

December 4, 2014
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Some R User Group Highlights for November 2014

by Joseph Rickert November was an active and creative month for R user groups with over 50 events listed on the Revolution Analytics' Community Calendar. Here are some highlights that can be found by visiting the websites of a few of the groups that post and share presentations. James Thomson was one of the presenters at the November 25th...

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Some R Highlights from H20 World

November 28, 2014
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Some R Highlights from H20 World

by Joseph Rickert H2O.ai held its first H2O World conference over two days at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. Although the main purpose of the conference was to promote the company's rich set of Java based machne learning algorithms and announce their new products Flow and Play there were quite a few sessions devoted to R...

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What’s the most popular German car where you live?

November 25, 2014
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What’s the most popular German car where you live?

by Tim Winke PhD student in Demography and Social Sciences in Berlin This post has been abstracted from Tim's entry to a contest that Dalia Research is running based on a global smarthpone survey that they are conducting. Tim's entry post is available as is all of the code behind it. - editor When people think about Germany, what...

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Partying R Style with Sqor Sports, R on Azure, and data.table

November 20, 2014
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Partying R Style with Sqor Sports, R on Azure, and data.table

by Joseph Rickert We usually have a pretty good time at the monthly Bay Area useR Group (BARUG) meetings, but this month's meeting was a bit more of a party than usual. The very well connected PR team at Sqor Sports, our host company for the evening, secured San Francisco's tres trendy 111 Minna Gallery for the venue. There...

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Introduction to Revolution R Enterprise For Big Data Analytics on datacamp.com

November 18, 2014
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by Jeremy Reynolds Senior R Trainer, Revolution Analytics Last week, Revolution Analytics released its first massive open, online course through a partnership with datacamp.com: Introduction to Revolution R Enterprise for Big Data Analytics. You can sign up for the free course here. This course provides a look at some of the tools provided by the RevoScaleR package that ships...

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A look at the igraph package

November 13, 2014
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A look at the igraph package

by Joseph Rickert The igraph package has become a fundamental tool for the study of graphs and their properties, the manipulation and visualization of graphs and the statistical analysis of networks. To get an idea of just how firmly igraph has become embedded into the R package ecosystem consider that currently igraph lists 72 reverse depends, 59 reverse imports...

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3D Plots with ggplot2 and Plotly

November 11, 2014
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3D Plots with ggplot2 and Plotly

by Matt Sundquist Plotly, co-founder Plotly is a platform for data analysis, graphing, and collaboration. You can use ggplot2, Plotly's R API, and Plotly's web app to make and share interactive plots. Now, you can you can also make 3D plots. Immediately below are a few examples of 3D plots. In this post we will show how to make...

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Looking into a very messy data set

November 6, 2014
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Looking into a very messy data set

by Joseph Rickert I recently had the opportunity to look at the data used for the 2009 KDD Cup competition. There are actually two sets of files that are still available from this competition. The "large" file is a series of five .csv files that when concatenated form a data set with 50,000 rows and 15,000 columns. The "small"...

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