In case you missed it: January Roundup

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In case you missed them, here are some articles from January of particular interest to R users.

Sponsorships from Revolution Analytics are now available for local R user groups in 2012.

The winners of the Applications of R in Business Contest have been announced.

The coefplot package visualizes model coefficients and standard errors in a line chart.

Revolution Analytics was named a “Startup to Watch in 2012” by Silicon Angle, amongst five companies commercializing and contributing to open source.

Revolution Analytics is hiring Sales Engineers with experience in applying R.

The Offensive Politics blog shows how to use R packages and a Google Fusion table to visualize election results in real time.

Course materials for Optimization for Finance in R from Kurt Hornik and colleagues at the University of Vienna are available online.

Hardcopies of Patrick Burns' downloadable guides “S Poetry” and “The R Inferno” are also available for purchase.

R jumped from 25 to 19 in annual TIOBE ranking of programming language popularity.

The New York Times used R to illustrate a print-edition feature about wealth distribution in the USA.

The RInside package has been updated to improve support on Windows for embedding R in C++.

An R script represents your Facebook friends as a social network graph.

David Smith's interview with the Boulder BI Brain Trust about R and Revolution Analytics is available online as a podcast.

The New York Times' Bits Blog talks about R, statistics, and Rob Tibshirani.

The pre-conference tutorials at UseR! 2012 have been announced.

Other non-R-related stories in the past month included posts about: special effects without post-processing, a video explaining the difference between trend and variation, instant-freezing beer, a song made from movie clips, and movie poster similarities.

There are new R user groups in Belgium, Cleveland, Cambridge, Austin and Adelaide. Meeting times for R user groups can be found on the updated R Community Calendar.

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