In case you missed it: June Roundup

July 16, 2010

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

Wow, is it the middle of July already? Anyway, in case you missed them, here are some articles from June of particular interest to R users.

We noted that the program for the annual R user conference, useR! 2010, has been announced. (I and the rest of the Revolution team are looking forward to seeing all the R folks there.)

We linked to a new page on describing "What is R?". 

We examined the performance benefits of linking R to multithreaded math libraries like Atlas or (in the case of Revolution R) the Intel MKL libraries. Nathan VanHoudnos follows up () with his experiences using doSMP on an 8-core machine.

We linked to slides and a replay the joint webinar from Revolution, Jaspersoft and OpenBI, "Supercharging business analytics with R".

We took a look at the use of R for political science, and how it was used to predict the outcome of the recent UK election.

We posted tips on how to connect Revolution R to MySQL on Windows.

We posted a review of the "Making Data Work" conference about big data, which featured several examples from R. 

We noted the Guardian’s use of R to represent online data usage, but Barry Rowlingson notices something odd about the chart (and not just that it’s inappropriately a Normal distribution).

Guest blogger Joseph Rickert shared his experiences of learning R — is it really difficult to learn?

We linked to an analysis of crime data in Mexico by Diego Valle, with some fascinating ggplot2-based charts.

We noted that the Rmetrics foundation has a new blog and a new book about financial analysis with R.

Joseph Rickert reviewed the 2010 Workshop on Modern Massive Data Sets.

We looked at an application of R to analyze the results of competitive Nordic skiing.

We linked to some resources from the New York R User Group on how to debug in R.

Joseph Rickert shared his thoughts on why you should learn R, in the most-visited post in the blog’s history.

We showed how to download EPA data into R to visualize the extent of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

We linked to a handy function on StackOverflow to help manage memory in an R session.

We noted that the June 2010 edition of the R Journal is available for download.

Revolution’s CEO Norman Nie has been busy in the media spreading the word about R and Revolution, with interviews at CNET, LinuxInsider and live on cable TV with the Fox Business Network.

There are new R user groups in Atlanta, Sydney, South Asia and Kassel, Germany.

Other non-R-related stories in the past month included how to make a YouTube video look like an old VHS tape, the scale of the disastrous Deepwater Horizon project and (on a lighter note) the sex lives of insects.

The R Community Calendar has also been updated.

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