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YATORP — Yet Another Tutorial on R Packaging

November 24, 2014
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What the world needs right now is yet another tutorial on R packages and their creation. Luckily, this last Friday and Saturday, I had the opportunity to present in a workshop organized by Frank DiTraglia at Penn's shiny new Warren Center, and held a...

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R / Finance 2015 Call for Papers

November 18, 2014
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Earlier today, Josh send the text below to the R-SIG-Finance list, and I updated the R/Finance website, including its Call for Papers page, accordingly. We are once again very excised about our conference, thrilled about the four confirmed keynotes, and hope that many R / Finance users will not only join us in Chicago in May...

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RcppAnnoy 0.0.3

November 18, 2014
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Hours after the initial blog post announcing the first release of the new package RcppAnnoy, Qiang Kou sent us a very nice pull request adding mmap support in Windows. So a new release with Windows support is on now CRAN, and Windows binaries should ...

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Introducing RcppAnnoy

November 16, 2014
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A new package RcppAnnoy is now on CRAN. It wraps the small, fast, and lightweight C++ template header library Annoy written by Erik Bernhardsson for use at Spotify. While Annoy is setup for use by Python, RcppAnnoy offers the exact same functionality...

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BH release 1.54.0-5

November 10, 2014
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A new release of BH, our package providing Boost headers for use by R is now on CRAN. This release was triggered via a request by Ben Goodrich as noted below who asked for Boost Circular Buffer which RStan uses. No other changes were made. Changes ...

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RcppRedis 0.1.2

November 6, 2014
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A new release of RcppRedis is now on CRAN. It contains additional commands for hashes and sets, all contributed by John Laing and Whit Armstrong. Changes in version 0.1.2 (2014-11-06) New commands execv, hset, hget, sadd, srem, and smembers...

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A Software Carpentry workshop at Northwestern

November 5, 2014
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On Friday October 31, 2014, and Saturday November 1, 2014, around thirty-five graduate students and faculty members attended a Software Carpentry workshop. Attendees came primarily from the Economics department and the Kellogg School of Management, w...

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RPushbullet 0.1.1

November 5, 2014
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A minor bugfix release 0.1.1 of the RPushbullet package (interfacing the neat Pushbullet service) landed on CRAN yesterday morning. It cleans up a small issue related to the ability to transfer files between devices via the Pushbullet service where the ability to select a (non-default) target device has now been restored. With that, allow me to borrow...

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RcppArmadillo 0.4.500.0

November 2, 2014
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A few days ago, Conrad provided another minor release of Armadillo. Once again, I had created a GitHub-only pre-release of his pre-release which was tested against (then) all ninety (!!) CRAN dependents of our RcppArmadillo package, providing a further test for Conrad's code and uploaded RcppArmadillo 0.4.500.0 to CRAN and Debian once his...

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Introducing Rocker: Docker for R

October 23, 2014
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You only know two things about Docker. First, it uses Linuxcontainers. Second, the Internet won't shut up about it. -- attributed to Solomon Hykes, Docker CEO So what is Docker? Docker is a relatively new open source application and service, which is seeing interest across a number of areas. It uses recent Linux kernel features (containers, namespaces) to shield processes....

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