In case you missed it: November roundup

December 4, 2009
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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 last month of particular interest to R users.

This post demonstrated reader Paul Bleicher's code for visualizing a time series as a heat-map calendar.

This post and followup showed (with thanks to Drew Conway) how to use R to perform social network analysis on live data from Twitter.

This post challenged the R community to recreate an unemployment map created in Python in R. The results were outstanding, and also inspired a similar look at unemployment in Germany.

This post showcased a Brazilian open-government website created by Eduardo Leoni that relies heavily on R.

Several media outlets this month looked at the impact of R and IBM's acquisition of SPSS on SAS: Information Management (here and here), the New York Times (here), and Business Week (here).

This post related how R graphics were used to illustrate an analysis of the US healthcare reform politics in the New York Times.

This post reviewed R's presence at a data-mining "unconference" in the Bay Area.

This post showed how easy it is to install ESS on Ubuntu Linux, for a more productive environment for programming in R.

This post looked at some of the unique features of R's function-call semantics.

This post was a tongue-in-cheek comparison of Hadoop and R.

This post announced REvolution Computing's "R Productivity Environment", an IDE for R on Windows.

This post shares the slides from the Introduction to R talk I gave to a Linux User Group in Davis (CA), and some links for R beginners.

This post linked to a simple analysis of scores from the game Canabalt.

Other non-R-specific stories in the last month covered: floating-point errors, Stochasticity on the radio, breast cancer screening, and the Mythbusters. On the lighter side: the connection between Tufte and Lord of the Rings, a new way of looking at Choose Your Own Adventure books, and the Reimann Hypothesis.

The R Community Calendar has also been updated.

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