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WP-CodeBox: A better R syntax highlighter plugin for WordPress

October 11, 2010
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About 10 months ago, I was looking for a plugin to enable me to highlight R code on my self hosted WordPress blog. The solution I came up with then was to use the wp-syntax plugin (with the need for some modifications). Today I was informed of (what I believe is) a better WordPress plugin

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A competition to recommend “relevant” R packages – and the future of R

October 9, 2010
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Update: the competition was just launched. * * * What is the competition about? Drew Conway and John Myles Whyte have collected data from (52) R users about the packages they have installed. The data is now available on github for download and the contest will be run on the kaggle platform. For more details,

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A new version of ff released (version 2.2.0)

October 2, 2010
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A few hours ago, Jens Oehlschlägel has announced on the R-help mailing list of the release of a new version of the ff package. The ff package provides data structures that are stored on disk but behave (almost) as if they were in RAM by transparently mapping only a section (pagesize) in main memory – the effective virtual memory...

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Managing a statistical analysis project – guidelines and best practices

September 30, 2010
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In the past two years, a growing community of R users (and statisticians in general) have been participating in two major Question-and-Answer websites: The R tag page on Stackoverflow, and Stat over flow (which will soon move to a new domain, no worries, I’ll write about it once it happens) In that time, several long (and fascinating) discussion threads where started,...

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R syntax highlighting for bloggers on WordPress.com

September 20, 2010
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R syntax highlighting for bloggers on WordPress.com

Announcing the ability to highlight R syntax in WordPress.com blogs, thanks to the recent work of Yihui Xie, Yoav Farhi and Andrew Redd.

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Open source and money – why paying R developers might not always help the project

September 16, 2010
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This post can be summed up by one two sentences: “We can’t buy love.” “Starting to pay for love could make it disappear” while at the same time “We need money to live and love”. These two conflicting forces, with relation to open source, are the topic of this post. This post is directed to the community or R...

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Dumping functions from the global environment into an R script file

September 15, 2010
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Looking at a project you didn’t touch for years poses many challenges. The less documentation and organization you had in your files, the more time you’ll have to spend tracing back what you did back when the code was written. I just opened up such a project, that was before I ever knew to split my .r files to...

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Using the {plyr} (1.2) package parallel processing backend with windows

September 11, 2010
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Hadley Wickham has just announced the release of a new R package “reshape2” which is (as Hadley wrote) “a reboot of the reshape package”. Alongside, Hadley announced the release of plyr 1.2.1 (now faster and with support to parallel computation!). Both releases are exciting due to a significant speed increase they have now gained. Yet in case of the new plyr...

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Tips for the R beginner (a 5 page overview)

August 23, 2010
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In this post I publish a PDF document titled “A collection of tips for R in Finance”. It is a basic 5 page introduction to R in finances by Arnaud Amsellem (linked in profile). The article offers tips related to the following points: Code Editor Organizing R code Update packages Getting external data into R Communicating with external applications...

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Rose plot using Deducers ggplot2 plot builder

August 16, 2010
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The (excellent!) LearnR blog had a post today about making a rose plot in ggplot2. Following today’s announcement, by Ian Fellows, regarding the release of the new version of Deducer (0.4) offering a strong support for ggplot2 using a GUI plot builder, Ian also sent an e-mail where he shows how to create a rose plot using the new...

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