In case you missed them, here are some articles from last month of particular interest to R users.
This post looked at a climate change controversy involving the weather in Darwin, Australia and a review of the source data using R.
This post showed how to access global weather data from the US National Centers for Environment Prediction using the ncdf package in R.
This post linked to a Chance Magazine article about group testing … and detecting Cylons with R.
This post suggested that compressing a file can reduce the time required to read it into R. But a subsequent analysis revealed that the actual cause was a mysterious slowness in read.table the first time it’s used in an R session.
This post linked to two videos of talks on ggplot2 recorded at the December New York R User Group meeting.
This post showed an example of animating text using R. Merry Christmas!
This post reviewed Jeroen Ooms’ web-based charting application based on ggplot2.
This post linked to a story about R in The Hindu (a major newspaper in India).
This post noted the upcoming R/Finance 2010 conference, to be held in Chicago in April.
This post noted the Computational Topics in Finance conference to be held in Singapore in February.
This post listed the 10 must-have R packages for social scientists, according to Drew Conway.
This post linked to a video of an R user struggling with the "apply" family of functions finding solace in the plyr package.
This post showed how to find the R function you need with the "sos" package.
This post reviewed the R Graphical Manual, an index of R functions by their graphical examples.
This post listed the top 5 functions (though the list changes depending on how you define "top").
This post noted that an analyst named R and REvolution Computing among top analytic trends for 2010.
This post quoted MySQL’s Zack Urlocker, who stated that R is disrupting a billion-dollar market.
This post looked at the simecol package for ecological simulations in R.
Other non-R-specific stories in the last month covered: Breast cancer screening, Microsoft’s free book "The Fourth Paradigm" and — on a lighter note — Microbial art, world empires in history, and the view from a ringed Earth.
The R Community Calendar has also been updated.
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