In case you missed it: April Roundup

May 13, 2010

(This article was first published on Revolutions, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

In case you missed them, here are some articles from last month of particular interest to R users.

We announced the availability of Revolution R Community 3.2 (based on R 2.10.1), now 100% open source, and including a new doMC package for parallel computing on Windows.

We announced that Revolution R Enterprise is now available free of charge to everyone in the academic community.

We announced, a new community site for R sponsored by Revolution Analytics.

On April 1, we showed how R is used to combat the growing zombie menace.

We reviewed A Practical Guide to Geostatistical Mapping, a free book on mapping and spatial data analysis with R.

We noted an early report of running R on a jailbroken iPhone.

We linked to a video of Dirk Eddelbuettel’s presentation on calling C++ from R with Rcpp and Rinside.

We linked to slides from my recent High-Performance Analytics webinar, with examples of using "foreach" for parallel programming on clusters (specifically, Microsoft HPC Server).

We reported how Benetech uses R to analyze complex political and human-rights issues. The same post also recaps a talk by "R in a Nutshell" author Joe Adler on measuring performance of R idioms.

We recounted a storm on the blogosphere that erupted when a SAS consultant took issue with R being called "the next big thing".

We noted that StackOverflow now includes over 1000 R questions, and links to a post on optimizing the performance of R for reading and writing text files.

We shared an anecdote from Red Monk analyst Steve O’Grady on why he decided to learn R.

We noted the release of R 2.11.0 and highlighted some of the improvements.

We linked to a review of the R/Finance 2010 conference by Steve Miller, and shared slides from my own talk there about Revolution’s forthcoming big-data library.

We linked to an interview with Revolution’s CEO Norman Nie. Part 2 of the interview is here.

We linked to a how-to guide for linking a Web application to R with Rapache.

Several new R user groups launched in the past month, including Chicago, Dallas and San Diego

Other non-R-related stories in the past month included an analysis of Chatroulette, the legality of statistical sampling, teaching conditional probability, and (on a lighter note) fonts and ink use and vacuous infographics.

The R Community Calendar has also been updated.

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