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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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ggplot2 plot builder is now on CRAN! (through Deducer 0.4 GUI for R)

August 16, 2010
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Ian fellows, a hard working contributer to the R community (and a cool guy), has announced today the release of Deducer (0.4) to CRAN (scheduled to update in the next day or so). This major update also includes the release of a new plug-in package (DeducerExtras), containing additional dialogs and functionality. Following is the e-mail he sent out with...

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ggplot2 gui: Major feature set complete

August 4, 2010
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ggplot2 gui: Major feature set complete

(Written by Ian Fellows) There has been quite a bit of progress on the ggplot2 graphical user interface since the last post. All of the major features have been implemented, and are outlined in the vlog links below. What remains is to fix bugs, improve interface elements, and listen to feedback from users (that’s you).

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Blogging about R – presentation and audio

July 28, 2010
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At the useR!2010 conference I had the honor of giving a (~15 minute) talk titled “Blogging about R”. The following is the abstract I submited, followed by the slides of the talk and the audio file of a recording I made of the talk (I am sad it got a bit of “hall echo”, but it’s still listenable…) P.S:...

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Richard Stallman talk+Q&A at the useR! 2010 conference (audio files attached)

July 26, 2010
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The audio files of the full talk by Richard Stallman are attached to the end of this post. —————– Videos of all the invited talks of the useR! 2010 conference can be viewed on the R User Group blog —————– Last week I had the honor of attending the talk given by Richard Stallman, the last keynote speaker on...

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