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Generating and Visualizing Multivariate Data with R

February 25, 2016
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Generating and Visualizing Multivariate Data with R

By Joseph Rickert The ability to generate synthetic data with a specified correlation structure is essential to modeling work. As you might expect, R’s toolbox of packages and functions for generating and visualizing data from multivariate distributions is impressive. The basic function for generating multivariate normal data is mvrnorm() from the MASS package included in base R, although the...

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Analysis of Xbox Usage Trends with R: Time Series Decompositions

February 23, 2016
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Analysis of Xbox Usage Trends with R: Time Series Decompositions

by Daniel Moore Director of Applied Statistics Engineering, Console Development Microsoft In Xbox Hardware, we are interested in the various ways that our hardware is used, and we are especially interested in how that usage changes over time. We employ several several time series analysis techniques that are helpful in getting a holistic view of usage of the Xbox...

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Bay Area useR Group Lightning Talks

February 18, 2016
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Bay Area useR Group Lightning Talks

by Joseph Rickert Earlier this month the Bay Area useR Group (BARUG) held it annual lightning talk meeting. This is by far our most popular meeting format: eight, 15 minute talks (12 minutes speaking and 3 minutes Q & A while the next speaker is setting up) packed into a two hour time slot. The intensity seems to really...

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More R User Group Sites

February 16, 2016
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More R User Group Sites

by Joseph Rickert Last month I wrote about how several R user groups were making use of GitHub and listed some sites that I thought had interesting material. A few readers were kind enough to point out sites that I had missed; so I would just like to give a couple of "shout outs" here. First of all, I...

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Getting Started with Microsoft SQL Server on Azure

February 11, 2016
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Getting Started with Microsoft SQL Server on Azure

by Joseph Rickert If you are an R user and work for an enterprise where Microsoft SQL server is important, it is extremely helpful to have easy access to SQL Server databases. Over the past year, we have run several posts on this topic including a comprehensive four part series from Microsoft's Gregory Vandenbrouck on using various flavors of...

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R User Groups in Poland

February 9, 2016
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R User Groups in Poland

by Przemyslaw Biecek The first meeting of R users in Poland took place in Wroclaw in 2008. It was a one-day conference with 27 participants and 6 talks. Today, we have three large groups of R users in major Polish cities (according to meetup.com there is 640 users in SER - Warsaw, 235 in eRka - Cracow and 64...

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Using Microsoft R Open with RStudio

February 4, 2016
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Using Microsoft R Open with RStudio

by Joseph Rickert A frequent question that we get here at Microsoft about MRO (Microsoft R Open) is: can be used with RStudio? The short answer is absolutely yes! In fact, more than just being compatible, MRO is the perfect complement for the RStudio environment. MRO is a downstream distribution of open source R that supports multiple operating systems...

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R User Groups on GitHub

January 28, 2016
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R User Groups on GitHub

by Joseph Rickert Quite a few times over the past few years I have highlighted presentations posted by R user groups on their websites and recommended these sites as a source for interesting material, but I have never thought to see what the user groups were doing on GitHub. As you might expect, many people who make presentations at...

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Pipelining R and Python in Notebooks

January 26, 2016
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Pipelining R and Python in Notebooks

by Micheleen Harris Microsoft Data Scientist As a Data Scientist, I refuse to choose between R and Python, the top contenders currently fighting for the title of top Data Science programming language. I am not going to argue about which is better or pit Python and R against each other. Rather, I'm simply going to suggest to play to...

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Getting Started with Markov Chains: Part 2

January 22, 2016
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Getting Started with Markov Chains: Part 2

by Joseph Rickert In a previous post, I showed some elementary properties of discrete time Markov Chains could be calculated, mostly with functions from the markovchain package. In this post, I would like to show a little bit more of the functionality available in that package by fitting a Markov Chain to some data. In this first block of...

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