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Because it’s Friday: Kittens, beware Tufte

March 19, 2010
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Because it’s Friday: Kittens, beware Tufte

Edward Tufte has been a tireless promoter of good infographics, and he's even taken some controversial steps to rid the world of chartjunk. But now he's gone too far: Then again, this chart from the Wall Street Journal could lead anyone to felinicide: What's wrong with a simple bar chart, WSJ? Mark Goetz: My New Wallpaper (via @sarahd23 and...

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Tools

March 17, 2010
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Tools

All the tools I am using at the moment are free of charge. The one that comes to mind first is R. It’s a language for statistical computing which comes with a decent GUI. R comes with some time series support out of the box, but there are plenty of packages (R extensions are called

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OSBC blogging

March 17, 2010
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I'm at the Open Source Business Conference in San Francisco today and tomorrow; I'll report in with updates after the talks. I'm particularly looking forward to the panel discussion on The Shifting Open Source Opportunity moderated by Ashlee Vance, the New York Times reporter who wrote the major story on R last year. (Interesting aside: I learned recently that...

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Visualizing droughts with R

March 15, 2010
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Visualizing droughts with R

Physicist and weather scientist Joe Wheatley used R to design and create a useful visual representation of how drought affects a region over long time-scales. Instead of charting absolute rainfall (or lack thereof), he instead charts the Standardized Precipitation Index (SPI), where extreme values (above 2 or below -2) indicate extreme wetness or dryness compared to the usual precipitation...

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Happy Anniversary NYC R Meetup

March 12, 2010
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Happy Anniversary NYC R Meetup

Today is the one year anniversary of the NYC R Statistical Meetup. Starting as a small group meeting in a crowded conference room, Josh Reich established the meetup as the premiere gathering of data geeks in the tri-state area. Over the past year we have had 10 meetups, and two more upcoming on the

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In case you missed it: February roundup

March 10, 2010
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In case you missed them, here are some articles from last month of particular interest to R users. We announced the availability on YouTube of "What is R", a 4-part video based on a recent webcast I hosted. We announced a webinar I hosted on REvolution's debugger for R (a recorded replay is now available). We linked Salvio Rodrigues...

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R amusements

March 5, 2010
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R amusements

On a lark, and to kill a bit of time, I was running the R fortune command looking for references to SAS. Here’s what two successive random fortunes turned up. Can there be two more antipodal opinions about the same product? I laughed out loud. > fortune(‘SAS’) There are companies whose yearly license fees to

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MySQL alum Zack Urlocker join’s REvolution’s board

March 2, 2010
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As you might have heard from this morning's press release, we've just welcomed a new member to REvolution's board of directors: Zack Urlocker. Zack has an impeccable open-source pedigree: until recently, he was responsible for engineering and marketing at MySQL, the wildly successful open-source database company recently acquired by Oracle (via its acquisition of Sun). Zack is also a...

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In case you missed it: January roundup

February 2, 2010
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In case you missed them, here are some articles from last month of particular interest to R users. This post linked to slides and video from a 30-minute "Introduction to R" talk I gave on January 28, with links to many useful R resources. This post brought news that R's creators Robert Gentleman and Ross Ihaka have jointly won...

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Crayola crayon colors, 1949-present

January 29, 2010
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Crayola crayon colors, 1949-present

Here's an example I featured in my list of 7 Awesome Things about R (awesome thing #3: graphics and data visualization). The Learning R blog features a reproduction of a graphic that recently appeared on Flowing Data. It shows the colors in a box of Crayola crayons: before 1949 there were only 8, but over the years additional colors...

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