In case you missed it: December 2015 roundup

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

A look back at accomplishments of the R Project and community in 2015.

Segmented regression with the “segmented” package, applied to long-distance running records.

Creating multi-tab reports in R with knitr and jQuery UI.

New version 2.0 update to ggplot2 adds extensibility and many improvements.

A circle diagram of translations of “Merry Christmas”.

Upcoming R events and conferences, and sponsorship for R user groups.

How to embed images in R help pages.

An Azure ML Studio fraud detection template relies heavily on R components.

R is the fastest-growing language on Stackoverflow, as shown in a subway-style rank chart from ggplot2.

Buzzfeed is using R for some (serious!) data journalism.

A tutorial on using SQL Server R Services to analyze a billion taxi rides.

Some suggestions on how to cryptographically store secrets in R code.

Some tips and trade-offs to consider when reading large data files with the RevoScaleR package.

A brief summary of improvements in R 3.2.3.

Implementing Wald's sequential analysis test in R.

Using the gtrendsR package to download and chart Google Trends data.

Distributed data structures in R with the ddR package.

Using the leaflet package to create an interactive, photo-annotated map of GPS data from a hike.

Microsoft Azure's Data Science Virtual Machine includes R.

Feature selection when modeling wide data sets with genetic algorithms using the caret package.

Tips on setting up a virtual machine with RStudio in Azure.

Querying recursive CTEs (common table expressions) in a database with the sqldf package.

General interest stories (not related to R) in the past month included: your Macbook charger has more CPU than the
original Macintosh, how 5 particles can jam a hopper, and a film based on the NASA photo archive.

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