Microsoft R Open 3.5.1 now available

August 14, 2018
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Microsoft R Open 3.5.1 has been released, combining the latest R language engine with multi-processor performance and tools for managing R packages reproducibly. You can download Microsoft R Open 3.5.1 for Windows, Mac and Linux from MRAN now. Microsoft R Open is 100% compatible with all R scripts and packages, and works with all your favorite R interfaces and...

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data.table is Really Good at Sorting

August 13, 2018
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data.table is Really Good at Sorting

The data.table R package is really good at sorting. Below is a comparison of it versus dplyr for a range of problem sizes. The graph is using a log-log...

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2018 Update of ffanalytics R Package

August 13, 2018
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Introduction As part of our effort to provide users ways to replicate our analyses and improve their performance in fantasy football, we are continuously looking at ways we can...

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Where to go observe birds in Radolfzell? An answer with R and open data

Where to go observe birds in Radolfzell? An answer with R and open data

This post is the 1st post of a series showcasing various rOpenSci packages as if Maëlle were a birder trying to make the most of R in general and rOpenSci in...

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Mongolite 2.0: GridFS, connection pooling, and more

This week version 2.0 of the mongolite package has been released to CRAN. Major new features in this release include support for MongoDB 4.0, GridFS, running database commands, and...

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In-brief: splashr update + High Performance Scraping with splashr, furrr & TeamHG-Memex’s Aquarium

August 13, 2018
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In-brief: splashr update + High Performance Scraping with splashr, furrr & TeamHG-Memex’s Aquarium

The development version of splashr now support authenticated connections to Splash API instances. Just specify user and pass on the initial splashr::splash() call to use your scraping setup a...

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Time series intervention analysis with fuel prices by @ellis2013nz

August 13, 2018
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Time series intervention analysis with fuel prices by @ellis2013nz

A couple of months ago I blogged about consumer spending on vehicle fuel by income. The impetus for that post was the introduction on 1 July 2018 of...

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Evaluating Olive McBride with the Arkham Horror LCG Chaos Bag Simulator in R

August 13, 2018
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Evaluating Olive McBride with the Arkham Horror LCG Chaos Bag Simulator in R

I love Arkham Horror; The Card Game. I love it more than I really should;it's ridiculously fun. It's a cooperative card game where you build a deck representing a...

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IML and H2O: Machine Learning Model Interpretability And Feature Explanation

IML and H2O: Machine Learning Model Interpretability And Feature Explanation

Model interpretability is critical to businesses. If you want to use high performance models (GLM, RF, GBM, Deep Learning, H2O, Keras, xgboost, etc), you need to learn how to...

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A More Informative Approach to Movie Recommendation

August 12, 2018
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A More Informative Approach to Movie Recommendation

A Deluge of Content Over the last two decades, the accessibility of media has increased dramatically. One of the main reasons for this surge in available content is the...

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R/Medicine Conference

August 12, 2018
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R/Medicine Conference

We are less than one month away from the R/Medicine conference! Tickets are still available to connect with the R users...

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PCA revisited

August 12, 2018
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PCA revisited

Principal component analysis (PCA) is a dimensionality reduction technique which might come handy when building a predictive model or in the exploratory phase of your data analysis. It is...

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Statistics Sunday: Getting Started with the Russian Tweet Dataset

August 12, 2018
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Statistics Sunday: Getting Started with the Russian Tweet Dataset

IRA Tweet Data You may have heard that two researchers at Clemson University analyzed almost 3 millions tweets from the Internet Research Agency (IRA) - a "Russian...

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Ceteris Paribus v0.3 is on CRAN

August 11, 2018
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Ceteris Paribus v0.3 is on CRAN

Ceteris Paribus package is a part of DALEX family of model explainers. Version 0.3 just gets to CRAN. It’s equipped with new functions for very elastic visual exploration of...

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Mid Table Mediocrity

August 10, 2018
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Mid Table Mediocrity

Visualising potential winners in the Scottish Championship - Last August, I was given a surprise gift of a season ticket to watch my local football...

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Redmonk Language Rankings, June 2018

August 10, 2018
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Redmonk Language Rankings, June 2018

The latest Redmonk Language Rankings are out. These rankings are published twice a year, and the top three positions in the June 2018 rankings remain unchanged from last time:...

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RQuantLib 0.4.5: Windows is back, and small updates

August 10, 2018
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A brand new release of RQuantLib, now at version 0.4.5, just arrived on CRAN, and will get to Debian shortly. This release re-enables Windows builds thanks to a...

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Installation of R 3.5 on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and tips for spatial packages

August 10, 2018
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Installation of R 3.5 on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS and tips for spatial packages

Do you plan to upgrade your server installation from Ubuntu 16.04 to Ubuntu 18.04 LTS ? It is also the best time to migrate to R 3.5 ! By...

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Gender diversity in the TV series industry

August 10, 2018
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Gender diversity in the TV series industry

In a previous post, I studied gender diversity in the film industry, I did this by focusing on some key behind-the-camera roles and measuring the evolution of the gender diversity...

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How to (quickly) enrich a map with natural and anthropic details

August 9, 2018
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How to (quickly) enrich a map with natural and anthropic details

In this post I show how to enrich a ggplot map with data obtained from the Open Street Map (OSM) API. After adding elevation details to the map, I...

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Exploring ggplot2 boxplots – Defining limits and adjusting style

August 9, 2018
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Exploring ggplot2 boxplots – Defining limits and adjusting style

Boxplots are often used to show data distributions, and ggplot2 is often used to visualize data. A question that comes up is what exactly do the box plots represent?...

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rstudio::conf(2019) diversity scholarships

August 9, 2018
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rstudio::conf(2019) continues our tradition of diversity scholarships, and this year we’re doubling the program (again!) to 38 recipients: 32 domestic diversity scholarships available to anyone living in the US or...

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Leading indicators of economic growth by @ellis2013nz

August 9, 2018
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Leading indicators of economic growth by @ellis2013nz

The debate about business confidence as a possible leading indicator of economic growth reminded me of a question that has long been on my back-burner - what data make...

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Structuring R projects

August 9, 2018
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Structuring R projects is a necessary evil: nobody likes doing it, but everybody enjoys a well-structured, efficient project. This post takes you through some of the key principles of...

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New Course: Fundamentals of Bayesian Data Analysis in R

August 9, 2018
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New Course: Fundamentals of Bayesian Data Analysis in R

Here is the course link. Course Description Bayesian data analysis is an approach to statistical modeling and machine learning that is becoming more and more popular. It provides a uniform framework...

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Proteomics Data Analysis (1/3): Data Acquisition and Cleaning

August 9, 2018
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Proteomics Data Analysis (1/3): Data Acquisition and Cleaning

The analysis of DNA and RNA, the blueprint of life and its carbon copy, has become a staple in the burgeoning field of molecular biology. An emerging and exciting...

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EARL London interviews – Catherine Gamble, Marks and Spencer

August 9, 2018
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EARL London interviews – Catherine Gamble, Marks and Spencer

For today’s interview, Ruth Thomson, Practice Lead for Strategic Advice spoke to Catherine Gamble, Data Scientist at Marks and Spencer. Catherine is presenting “Using R to Drive Revenue for...

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Beyond Basic R – Plotting with ggplot2 and Multiple Plots in One Figure

August 8, 2018
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Beyond Basic R – Plotting with ggplot2 and Multiple Plots in One Figure

R can create almost any plot imaginable and as with most things in R if you don’t know where to start, try Google. The Introduction to R curriculum summarizes...

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Highcharting Jobs Friday

August 8, 2018
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Highcharting Jobs Friday

Today, in honor of last week’s jobs report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), we will visualize jobs data with ggplot2 and then, more extensively with highcharter. Our...

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