In case you missed it: February Roundup

March 9, 2011
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(This article was first published on Revolutions, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

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

Revolution R Enterprise 4.2 is now available to subscribers, and for free download to academics.

A brief report from the Strata: Working with Data conference, and a comprehensive review from Ted Leung.

A profile of prolific R contributor, Dirk Eddelbuettel

A list of upcoming R-related courses from Statistics.com.

Links to articles about Revolution R in Forbes, CIO Magazine, The Register and the New York Times.

R has overtaken SAS and Matlab in programming language popularity, according to the Tiobe Index.

The Freakonometrics blog published an tree model (from R) on similar journals with respect to their published article content.

Dating site OkCupid describes how data analysis in R contributes to their controversial relationships blog.

A summary of the changes in R 2.12.2, released on February 25.

The use of Twitter to organize the demonstrations in the Middle East is illustrated in an R chart by Michael Bommarito. Michael also used R to analyze the emails of hacked internet security firm HBGary.

Hadley Wickham, author of the ggplot2 package, is seeking feedback via a ggplot2 user survey.

Some notes on recently updated R packages: Rcpp, reshape2, plyr, rms and formatr.

Neil Kodner used R to analyze the effect of device (iPad/iPhone/iPod) on top scores for the game Canabalt

Steve Miller published a review of packages in R to process data using by-group methods similar to those in SAS.

Christian Gunning offers some tips on setting up a parallel-programming cluster for R with OpenSSH and the doSNOW package.

Other non-R-related stories in the past month included a cartoon about factor analysis, all-terrain pack robots, a clever map of optimal tic-tac-toe strategy, computers impersonating humans on Jeopardy and elsewhere, and how averages of faces don't regress to the mean.

Rstudio, a new IDE for R, is now in beta test.

There are new R user groups in Zurich, Geneva, Amsterdam, Québec, Vancouver, Bangalore, and Dallas. The R Community Calendar has also been updated.

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