Posts Tagged ‘ applications ’

Video: How John Deere uses R

November 9, 2012
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Farming equipment manufacturer John Deere uses R, and in yesterday's webinar their manager of forecast analytics, Derek Hoffman, explained what they use it for: In the presentation, Derek gave a spirited argument of why R is critical for John Deere's operations: from forecasting demand for equipment, to forecasting crop yields (they produce forecasts for more than half the world's...

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More data apps spawned by Sandy

October 31, 2012
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More data apps spawned by Sandy

As the clean-up continues on the eastern seaboard, I wanted to follow up on Monday's post on tracking Hurricane Sandy with Open Data with a couple of other R-based data applications spawned by the storm. Josef Fruehwald created an R script to tap into local weather sensors to keep track of air pressure, wind speed and rainfall near his...

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Quick notes from Strata NYC 2012

October 24, 2012
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The O'Reilly Strata conferences are always great fun to attend, and this latest installment in New York City is no exception. This one is super-busy though; the conference has been sold out for weeks -- and not just marketing-sold-out, it's fire-department-sold out. It's non-stop conversations and presentations, and it's tough to move through the hallways in between. Nonetheless, I...

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The rapidly increasing ideology of the US Republican Party

October 18, 2012
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The rapidly increasing ideology of the US Republican Party

The chart below comes by way of the is.R blog and shows the average ideology of the members of the United State House of Representatives within the Republican (red) and Democratic (blue) parties. (Other parties are shown in green.) The chart is shown as a time series, from the first US congress in 1789, to the most recent full...

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Designing real-world 3-D objects with R

October 1, 2012
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Designing real-world 3-D objects with R

The Maker Movement has led to the production of open-source 3-D printers and other manufacturing machines that allow hobbyists to design, create and produce real-world objects affordably. Now R user Ian Walker, in a post at the Psychological Statistics blog, shows how to use the R language to transform 3-D surfaces into real-world physical objects with a 3-D printer....

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Using R in production: industry experts share their experiences

September 26, 2012
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I had a great time yesterday moderating the "R in Action" panel discussion at the DataWeek conference in San Francisco. Each of the panelists represented a company that is actively using R and/or Revolution R Enterprise. Here (from memory, since I couldn't take notes) are some the things they shared: Jesse Bridgewater from eBay talked about how R is...

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A video map of the hottest songs in the US

September 21, 2012
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A video map of the hottest songs in the US

Today's guest post comes from Revolution Analytics data scientist Luba Gloukhov — ed. As a big fan of R’s ever-expanding geospatial plotting capabilities, I jumped at the chance create a map using The Million Song Dataset (MSD). For each of the 10,000 songs in the million song subset containing non-missing latitudes & longitudes and non-zero artists familiarity scores, I...

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Designing Data Apps with R at Periscopic

September 18, 2012
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Designing Data Apps with R at Periscopic

Today's guest post comes to us from Andrew Winterman, Data Designer at data visualization company Persiscopic. He shares with us the process of using the R language and other tools to create an interactive data application for a client — ed. The Hewlett Foundation contacted us a few months ago because they were interested in exploring ways to visualize...

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Kickstarter facilitates $50M in indie game funding

September 6, 2012
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Kickstarter facilitates $50M in indie game funding

The social crowdfunding site Kickstarter announced today that it has enabled, via community contributions, $50M in funding in 2012 for new indie games. The second largest category of funding was for independent films. The blog post announcing the news includes analysis (using R, natch) of the breakdown in categories and funding sources. On a personal note, two Kickstarter projects...

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R does CSI: Using R to nail break-in suspects

August 29, 2012
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R does CSI: Using R to nail break-in suspects

You've probably heard (or seen in TV shows) how the unique pattern of rifling in a gunbarrel generates forensic evidence: microscopic scoring on the bullets left at the scene of the crime can be linked to the shooter by matching the marks to the firearm. What you might not know is that the same technique can be applied to...

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