In case you missed it: January roundup

February 2, 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.

This post linked to slides and video from a 30-minute "Introduction to R" talk I gave on January 28, with links to many useful R resources.

This post brought news that R's creators Robert Gentleman and Ross Ihaka have jointly won the inaugural Statistical Computing and Graphics Award from the ASA.

This post welcomed Robert Gentleman to REvolution Computing's board of directors.

This post announced the print availability of the new book from O'Reilly, R in a Nutshell. It has a harpy eagle on the cover.

This post showed how to use calendar heatmaps to analyze traffic on a FriendFeed group.

This post showed that the number of R packages is growing exponentially. The evidence comes from a paper in the first edition of the R Journal, updated with more recent data here.

This post showed R being used to evaluate biases in survey questions.

This post linked to slides and video from talks by Jeff Horner and Jeroen Ooms on "R-Powered Web Apps".

This post linked to slides from the New York R User Group "R Rosetta Stone" meeting, with tips on coming to R from SAS, Matlab, SQL, Clojure or Python.

This post linked to Bob Muenchen's table of equivalent R packages to modules in SAS and SPSS.

This post linked to a review of new features in version 0.85 of the ggplot2 package.

This post called for presenters at the useR! 2010 conference, and announced a commercial applications track.

This post linked to a step-by-step tutorial on how to make a heat map with R.

This post looked at two analyses of a surprise upset in a US Senate election done with R (one done on 64-bit Windows with the REvolution R Enterprise build).

This post gave some examples from the new RgoogleMaps package of combining satellite maps with data in R. 

This post showed off a very creative use of ggplot2 to illustrate the history of colors in a box of Crayola crayons.

Several new local R user groups are starting up in the USA: Seattle, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC.  

Other non-R-specific posts in the past month covered data visualizations in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, what programmers ought to know about Statistics, and (on a lighter note) visualizing gravity wells.

The R Community Calendar has also been updated.

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