In case you missed it: June 2013 Roundup

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

You can create a Word document from a template and an R script with the R2DOCX package.

Joe Rickert reviews books and other resources for learning about time series analysis in R

Timely Portfolio covers 15 years of history of time series plotting with R.

An online beer recommendation application serves as an in-depth example of building a recommendation system with R.

Software company SAP says that “skills around the open source R programming language and advanced analytics are rapidly shifting from 'niche' to 'standard' requirements“.

A primer on maximum likelihood estimation in R with the bbmle package.

American Century Investments describe how they created their own R package to optimize investments and model supplier relationships in a 6-minute video presentation.

How to draw attractive decision trees using the rpart.plot package.

David Smith answers: What is a data scientist, what skills should they have, and how is the practice evolving? 

Computerworld's 6-part beginner's guide to R.

RStudio has made CRAN download statistics available, enabling a ranking of the top R packages by number of downloads.

Big Data and statistical modeling is changing video games: helping to identify bottlenecks for new players, detect fraud, and maximize in-app purchases. Details in this webinar replay.

A mini-tutorial on using the Quandl package to import public financial data sets into R.

Dirk Eddelbuettel's book, Seamless R and C++ Integration with Rcpp, is now available.

An interactive application based on R and Shiny maps dialect differences across the USA.

Generating parallel random number streams with the RevoScaleR package.

R again shows strong growth in the annual KDNuggets software poll.

Some very useful guidelines for setting up a reproducible R project.

Some non-R stories in the past month included: A new Hadoop appliance from Teradata, a new Big Data Innovation Center in Singapore, a drum/keyboard Billie Jean cover, women in movies, a Daft Punk / Soul Train mashup, and It Gets Better at NASA.

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