In case you missed it: May Roundup

June 14, 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.

We linked to 13 videos for learning R, from the basics ("What is R?") to more advanced topics.

We noted the release of R 2.11.1.

We announced that Revolution Analytics makes its software available free of charge to the academic community.

We noted how statistical inference was used to accurately estimate German tank forces in WWII, and linked to an R simulation to verify the calculation.

We announced a new website for the R community,, sponsored by Revolution Analytics.

We linked to a video of economist JD Long explaining why he uses R.

We linked to Jeromy Anglim’s explanation of the abbreviated names of 150 R functions.

We announced a webinar I gave, Introduction to Revolution R. The live event has passed now, but you can download slides and watch a replay at this link.

We recapped some recent news articles mentioning R and Revolution, in Forbes, The Register, PC World and elsewhere.

We linked to an analysis in R on predicting the outcome of a series of baseball games.

We linked to some materials from the CloudAsia conference on parallel computing in R for life sciences.

We provided a tip on keeping the console window active in the R Productivity Environment GUI.

We announced a webinar on integrating R-based graphs and computations with business intelligence dashboards. (The live event has passed, but you can download slides and a replay at this link.)

We linked to another method of mapping your Twitter social network with R.

We linked to a video by JD Long on using the Amazon Elastic Map-Reduce system to run large-scale map-reduce calculations in the cloud with R.

We announced Revolution Analytics’ development roadmap for 2010.

There are new R user groups in Boston and Atlanta. Also we noted that there is a list of local R User Groups worldwide at, and how you can request a new group in your area.

Other non-R-related stories in the past month included Google’s new BigQuery and Prediction API tools, the effects of volcanic ash on a modern city and (on a lighter note) the dating equation and a neat, practical optical illusion.

The R Community Calendar has also been updated.

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