In case you missed it: September 2012 Roundup

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

You can now browse the R-devel sources and changelogs at GitHub.

R is used to create a 3-D animation of the Antarctic ice cap.

At the DataWeek SF conference, R users from eBay, Intuit, Minted and other companies describe how R is used in production

A free on-line R course, “Computing for Data Analysis”, is underway at Coursera.

Guest blogger Luba Gloukhov used the Million Song Dataset and the plotGoogleMaps package to make an interactive map of the sources of popular music.

Guest blogger Winston Chang introduced the extrafont package, and demonstrated how to use alternative fonts for text in R graphics.

Guest blogger Alex Guazzelli describes how the PMML standard and R are used to deploy predictive models to production environments.

Guest blogger Andrew Winterman uses R to design interactive data applications.

Guest blogger Ron Fredericks shares tips on making videos of R user group meetings, and links to a presentation about Rhipe at Facebook.

Guest blogger Garrett Grolemund introduced the ggsubplot package, and gave several examples of using small multiples for data visualization.

Guest blogger Naomi Robbins reprised several examples from her Forbes blog where R was used to improve on some substandard charts.

Guest blogger Nathan Yau described some of the R tutorials available at his FlowingData blog to create some stunning data visualizations.

Guest blogger Yihui Xie described how to use his knitr package to easily create reports with data, code and graphics for the Web.

Guest blogger Douglas McNair uses Revolution R and the RevoScaleR package at Cerner for the analysis of clinical trials with large amounts of data.

KickStarter uses R to visualize how the crowd funding service has supported independent video game projects.

A recent update to ggplot2 introduces “Themes”, to allow you to style your chart according to predefined conventions.

Several approaches to creating a random binary matrix in R.

Some non-R stories in the past month included: a remarkable use of magnets and proof that koalas can swim.

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