In case you missed it: August 2014 Roundup

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

R is the most popular software in the KDNuggets poll for the 4th year running.

The frequency of R user group meetings continues to rise, and there are now 147 R user groups worldwide.

A video interview with David Smith, Chief Community Officer at Revolution Analytics, at the useR! 2014 conference.

In a provocative op-ed, Norm Matloff worries that Statistics is losing ground to Computer Science.

A new certification program for Revolution R Enterprise.

An interactive map of R user groups around the world, created with R and Shiny.

Using R to generate calendar entries (and create photo opportunities).

Integrating R with production systems with Domino.

The New York Times compares data science to janitorial work. provides search for CRAN, GitHub and BioConductor packages and publishes a top-10 list of packages by downloads.

An update to the “airlines” data set (the “iris” of Big Data) with flights through the end of 2012. 

A consultant compares the statistical capabilities of R, Matlab, SAS, Stata and SPSS.

Using heatmaps to explore correlations in financial portfolios.

Video of John Chambers' keynote at the useR! 2014 conference on the interfaces, efficiency, big data and the history of R.

CIO magazine says the open source R language is becoming pervasive.

Reviews of some presentations at the JSM 2014 conference that used R.

GRAN is a new R package to manage package repositories to support reproducibility.

The ASA launches a PR campaign to promote the role of statisticians in society.

Video replay of the webinar Applications in R, featuring examples from several companies using R.

General interest stories (not related to R) in the past month included: dance moves from Japan, an earthquake's signal in personal sensors, a 3-minute movie in less than 4k, smooth time-lapse videos, representing mazes as trees and the view from inside a fireworks display.

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