In case you missed it: May Roundup

June 6, 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 May of particular interest to R users.

A review of "R Cookbook", a new how-to book for R programmers.

A detailed example of using the RevoScaleR package to analyze a large airline data set.

A new guide for R beginners, "How to Learn R", provides links to R resources, blogs and courses.

Antonio Piccolboni compares 7 language interfaces to Hadoop, with a focus on the R interface, Rhipe.

Airline route charts make for a fun game of "guess the airline". FlowingData shows how it's done in R.

Jeffrey Breen provides some useful slides on accessing databases from R with direct interfaces to MySQL and Oracle, or via ODBC/JDBC.

Registration is open for the R/Rmetrics Workshop and Summer School on Computational Finance in Switzerland.

Hadley Wickham provides an "essential vocabulary" for R: the 300 functions you need to know.

A profile of the director of the Bioconductor project, Martin Morgan.

You can get daily R tips on Twitter by following @RLangTip.

Using the Data Science Toolkit to parse locations to create maps in R.

Hadley Wickham is teaching an advanced R programming course (and made his materials available online).

The forthcoming KinectR package will let you capture body-tracking motion data from the Kinect sensor in R.

A KDnuggets poll suggests R is used in 1 in 4 implemented data analysis projects.

The presentations from the R/Finance 2011 conference are available for download.

Bryan Lewis has created a video on how to to SVD decompositions on very large matrices in R, and applying the technique to the Netflix Prize data.

Other non-R-related stories in the past month included: a feature article on Edward Tufte, the connection between Data Science and Business Intelligence, mapping how news of bin Laden's death propagated through Twitter, why to use the term "data scientist" instead of "statistician", a review of the Data Scientist Summit conference, a competition to model dark matter, how the "Age of Data" has changed the software business, a mesmerizing yet startlingly simple pendulum video, and a humorous, factually detailed take difference between "England" and "the UK".

There are new R user groups in Turin and Belgrade. Meeting times for these groups can be found on the updated R Community Calendar.

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