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The stringr package just turned 0.5

July 1, 2011
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(Re-posted from a post made by Hadley Wickham to the mailing list) # About the stringr package Strings are not glamorous, high-profile components of R, but they do play a big role in many data cleaning and preparations tasks. R provides a solid set of string operations, but because they have grown organically over time, they can be inconsistent...

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The R Journal Vol. 3/1 went online

June 23, 2011
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Dear All, The first issue of the third volume of The R Journal is now available at http://journal.r-project.org/current.html. Below are direct links to (most of) the articles: Volume 3/1, June 2011 Download complete issue Refereed articles may be downloaded individually using the links below. Table of Contents Editorial 3   Contributed Research Articles   testthat:...

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Job offer: R-Square is looking for an R Statistician

June 21, 2011
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This is a guest post by Kyle Stokley. ————— My name is Kyle and I am an IT recruiter for R-Square.  I currently have an opening in Durham NC with a fortune 100 company based out of NJ for a Statistician with R-Programming Experience. Job Title: Statistician Qualifications: MS or PhD in statistics with 0-10 years work experience. R...

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“Financial Risk Forecasting” – a book review by Christian Reusch

June 10, 2011
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A guest post by Christian Reusch giving a book review for the book “Financial Risk Forecasting” by Jon Danielsson. ———– As an academic-turned hedge fund professional with a particular interest in financial econometrics and quantitative money management, this book written by one of my former lecturers at the London School of Economics caught my attention: Having (had to) read...

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Data Mining in R online course taught by Luis Torgo at statistics.com

June 8, 2011
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An interested PR piece I got from Janet Dobbins: ————— Luis Torgo is teaching an online course, “Data Mining in R: Learning with Case Studies” at statistics.com. The course starts June 17 – July 15. Brief Description: The main goal of this course is to teach users how to perform data mining tasks using R. Instructor(s): Dr. Luis Torgo...

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Fittesmodel.com: A user-friendly way to conduct empirical research together

June 6, 2011
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(A guest post by Camiel de Koning) ————– When trying to replicate, verify or extend empirical research of others, a researcher generally encounters many time-consuming barriers and there are often many prerequisites. Fittestmodel has the objective to overcome many of these problems, by presenting a webapplication that allows users to: use but not having to install R. quickly incorporate...

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Competition: $45,000 for identification of substances from electromagnetic signatures

May 13, 2011
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Competition: $45,000 for identification of substances from electromagnetic signatures

Canadian hi-tech company offers $45,000 for the best algorithm for identification of substances from electromagnetic signatures. —————————————— FIND Technologies Inc. is a Canadian company that owns novel sensor technology for measuring electromagnetic signatures of materials. The sensor is a robust, inexpensive instrument that detects passive electromagnetic emission from all matter. It has biomedical, homeland security, engineering, geological, and other...

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VideoLectures.net Recommender System Competition

April 27, 2011
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VideoLectures.net Recommender System Competition

A Guest post to R-bloggers by Bart Blaszczyk. * * * * * * * * This week a new data competition for the best recommendation system begins. Similar in a form to the famous Netflix Prize, asks data scientists, algorithm geeks and statisticians to devise the most accurate algorithm that suggests in personalized way what movies may be of interest for visitors...

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R workshop in Hamilton, Ontario, May 24 and 25

April 25, 2011
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John Fox will be teaching a two-day introductory R workshop at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, on May 24 and 25. The workshop will largely be based on materials from Fox and Weisberg, An R Companion to Applied Regression, Second Edition (Sage, 2011). Further information about the workshop is available at: https://www.socialsciences.mcmaster.ca/registrations/john-fox-introduction-to-r/fg_base_view_p3. A few spaces in the workshop are reserved for non-McMaster attendees and made...

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Exporting R graphics as LaTeX code – version 0.6.1 of the tikzDevice package is out

April 17, 2011
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(Guest post on R-bloggers by Charlie Sharpsteen) Cameron and I are pleased to announce version 0.6.0 of the tikzDevice package which should be available shortly at your local CRAN mirror! The tikzDevice makes it possible to export R graphics as LaTeX code that can be included in other documents or compiled into stand alone figures. The full power of...

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