In case you missed it: November Roundup

December 17, 2010

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

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

Dirk Eddelbuettel and Romain Francois went to Google to talk about integrating R (using Rcpp, for example), and we gave a review of the video presentation.

R co-creator Ross Ihaka wins a Lifetime Achievement Award in Open Source.

Revolution has job openings for R programmers.

We're looking for suggestions about useful R functions that more people should know about.

Brock Tibert wrote some R code to scrape a website of election results and chart the returns in real time.

We published the final installment of the "R is Hot" article series.

We launched the free "Pretty R" tool for publishing highlighted R code to the Web.

Slides from Saptarshi Guha on using Hadoop and R to analyze 100Gb of data.

Forbes Magazine names R as a "Name You Need To Know in 2011" in their December issue, based on a lively and informative online comment thread.

In honor of 11/11, Drew Conway created a visualization in R on veteran homelessness in the US.

Some good advice on thinking about writing loops in R by Yihiu Xie.

Revolution's Joe Rickert reviews the R talks at the ACM Data Mining Camp.

The competition to create a recommendation engine for R packages continues, with new data and new prizes.

There's a new package to access the InfoChimps API from R, for geolocation, census demographic data, and more.

A tutorial from FlowingData on making bubble charts with R.

An analysis of the users of the prediction competition site Kaggle revealed that R was the preferred software of competitors.

John Chambers gave a presentation on "R and Multilingualism", with examples of the new Reference Classes feature of R 2.12.

News about a forthcoming integration between Revolution R and Hadoop.

Other non-R-related stories in the past month included another lottery coincidence, epidemiology of unusual diseases from 1632, a discussion on Statistics moderated by the Dataists on Reddit, a visualization of asteroid discoveries, the the emerging discipline of "digital humanities", and the science of airport security. On a lighter note, we had: a T-shirt for Stats geeks.

There are new R user groups in Houston and Cincinnati/Dayton. The R Community Calendar has also been updated.

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