Posts Tagged ‘ packages ’

A competition to predict popular R packages

October 8, 2010
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A competition to predict popular R packages

What makes an R package popular? The number of people that use a given R package is a common point of discussion, but it turns out that it's kind of tricky to get hard and fast data to answer this question. You can look at the "I use this" number on crantastic.org, but that's a self-reported number (many more...

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A new version of ff released (version 2.2.0)

October 2, 2010
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A few hours ago, Jens Oehlschlägel has announced on the R-help mailing list of the release of a new version of the ff package. The ff package provides data structures that are stored on disk but behave (almost) as if they were in RAM by transparently mapping only a section (pagesize) in main memory – the effective virtual memory...

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Google Summer of Code advances R

September 28, 2010
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For the third year running, the Google Summer of Code program has sponsored a number of students working with R, and has again resulted in several new contributions expanding R in various fields. Dirk Eddelbuettel, who coordinated the R-related projects for GSoC in 2010, summarized the results, with details about the new packages now available for R thanks to...

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plyr and reshape: better, faster, more productive

September 10, 2010
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Hadley Wickham has just released updates to his data-manipulation packages for R, plyr and reshape (now called reshape2), that are much faster and more memory-efficient than the previous incarnations. The reshape2 package lets you flexibly restructure and aggregate data using just three functions (melt, acast and dcast), whereas the plyr package is kind of like a supercharged SQL "GROUP...

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What can other languages learn from R?

September 9, 2010
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What can other languages learn from R?

At the ASA Statistical Computing Award ceremony in Vancouver last month, R's co-creator Ross Ihaka said that R began as a "system that was functional and well-designed, and made it easy and fun for other people to help". R's other co-creator, Robert Gentleman, also described the ability of others to contribute as "the exit strategy" that made R so...

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Taking R to the Limit: Large Datasets; Predictive modeling with PMML and ADAPA

August 30, 2010
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Taking R to the Limit: Large Datasets; Predictive modeling with PMML and ADAPA

During the first part of our meeting, Ryan Rosario presented on the topic of large datasets in R. Video, slides and code of the talk “Taking R to the Limit: Large Datasets” by Ryan Rosario at the Los Angeles area … Continue reading →

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How Google and Facebook are using R

August 4, 2010
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How Google and Facebook are using R

This is an older (2009) video from the kickoff meeting of the San Francisco Bay Area R Users Group. It was a panel discussion within the Predictive Analytics World conference. Video courtesy by Ron Fredericks of LectureMaker (click on the … Continue reading →

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Taking R to the Limit: Parallelization

July 29, 2010
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Taking R to the Limit: Parallelization

Video, slides and code of the talk “Taking R to the Limit: Parallelization” by Ryan Rosario at the Los Angeles area R Users Group in July 2010 as follows. Slides: R code: here. Video: If you have a question to … Continue reading →

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Seamless R and C++ integration

July 28, 2010
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Seamless R and C++ integration

Video of the talk “Seamless R and C++ integration” by Dirk Eddelbuettel at the Los Angeles area R Users Group in March 2010 (to see the video in a larger size, click inside the video but outside the play button):

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New versions of plyr, ggplot2 released

July 6, 2010
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Hadley Wickham has announced that new versions of his popular grammar-of-graphics charting package ggplot2 and his general-purpose data reshaping tool plyr for R are now available. plyr boasts several new features, most notably a new join function which should simplify what can sometimes be a difficult process in R: merging two data sets. A simplified SQL-like terminology should make...

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