A new R user group has launched in Sydney. It aims to bring together both experienced R users and complete beginners. The forum will meet monthly with talks on a wide range of subjects exploring all of the facets of this powerful tool.

A new R user group has launched in Sydney. It aims to bring together both experienced R users and complete beginners. The forum will meet monthly with talks on a wide range of subjects exploring all of the facets of this powerful tool.

Edit: And here is an update of the update, this one contributed by Kai Heinrich. Here’s an updated version of my script from last month, something I’ve been meaning to do for a while. I thank Anatol Stefanowitsch and Gábor Csárdi for improving my quite sloppy code. # Load twitteR and igraph packages. library(twitteR) library(igraph)

In the Introduction to his book “R for SAS and SPSS Users” (Springer 2009) Robert Muenchen offers ten reasons for learning R if you already know SAS or SPSS. All ten reasons say something important about R. However, his fourth reason: “R’s language is more powerful than SAS or SPSS. R developers write most of their analytic methods using...

We can use the R Commander GUI to fit logistic regression models with one or more explanatory variables. There are also facilities to plot data and consider model diagnostics. The same series of menus as for linear models are used to fit a logistic regression model. Fast Tube by Casper The “Statistics” menu provides access to various

Revolution Analytics is proud to sponsor the New York R User Group. The last meeting was on the theme of debugging in R, and some videos of the talks are now available at the Video Rchive. Jay Emerson have a talk on Basic debugging in R and Harlan Harris dived deeper on advanced debugging techniques. Also presenting were Peter...

I ran a across a strange bug in R recently. Like all the best programming languages, R treats functions as first class objects. That is to say that functions can be passed as arguments and return values from functions, named as variables, and, while not part of the strict definition of first class...

Here is a scatter plot with the coordinate labels deliberately omitted. Figure 1. Do you see any trends? How would you model these data? It just so happens that this scatterplot is arguably the most famous scatterplot in history. One aficionado, writing more than forty years after its publication, commented skeptically :" data points were consequently spread...

Sample once from the Uniform(0,1) distribution. Call the resulting value . Multiply this result by some constant . Repeat the process, this time sampling from Uniform(0, ). What happens when the multiplier is 2? How big does the multiplier have to be to force divergence. Try it and see: iters = 200 locations = rep(0,iters)

Here's another great example of R being used to analyze sports data. Statistician and skier Joran Elias has started a project to analyze and visualize international cross country ski racing results, and he publishes his analysis at the blog Statistical Skier. All of the analyses are done using R (and for data, SQLite via the RSQLite package). As much...

The top six most violent municipalities are near the US border. Ciudad Juárez is in a class by itself with 113 homicides per 100,000 people. José Azueta is the municipality where Zihuatanejo is located. Mazátlan, another popular tourist destination, also appears on the list. Lázaro Cárdenas is the largest seaport in Mexico and ever since the...

The 2010 Workshop on Algorithms for Modern Massive Data Sets (MMDS 2010) finished up this past Friday (June 18th) at Stanford. This was an exceptionally well organized conference: four days of mind-stretching talks on algorithm development and the challenges of working with massive data sets approached from almost every conceivable angle. The approximately 100 attendees were a diverse group...

The Rmetrics Foundation (the sharp minds behind the Rmetrics suite of packages for financial analysis in R) have just launched a new blog where you can keep up with the latest Rmetrics news. Amongst the recent news: a ne eBook about data management of Indian financial market data, and a new interface between Rmetrics and AMPL. You can also...

The R function iconv converts between character string encodings, for example, from the locale dependent encoding to UTF-8: > iconv("foo", to="UTF-8") [1] "foo" However, R has long-running trouble with embedded null characters ('') in strings. Hence, if we try to convert to an encoding that permits embedded null characters, iconv will fail: > iconv("foo", to="UTF-16")

is maps and geographical data representation in R. In case you’re curious too this is a good study material from R-Bloggers : maps ; geographical ; spatial Ok. This could be a tweet rather than a post…

(Written by Ian Fellows) Below is a link to the first of a weekly (or bi-weekly) screen-cast vlog of my progress building a GUI for the ggplot2 package. http://neolab.stat.ucla.edu/cranstats/gsoc_vlog1.mov comments and suggestions are more than welcome, and can e-mailed to me at: [email protected]