In case you missed it: February 2017 roundup

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

Public policy researchers use R to predict neighbourhoods in US cities subject to gentrification.

The ggraph package provides a grammar-of-graphics framework for visualizing directed and undirected graphs.

Facebook has open-sourced the “prophet” package they use for forecasting time series at scale.

A preview of features coming soon to R Tools for Visual Studio 1.0.

On the differences between using Excel and R for data analysis.

A data scientist suggests a “Gloom Index” for identifying the most depressing songs by the band Radiohead.

Catterplots is a package that replaces scatterplot points with cats. (Tufte would not approve.)

A collection of tips on using Microsoft R Server from the support team.

A summary of the many improvements slated for R 3.4.0.

R code using the RevoScaleR package to classify a large database of galaxy images in SQL Server.

A review of four deep learning packages for R: MXNet, darch, deepnet and h2o.

An update on more than a dozen projects and community initiatives funded by R Consortium grants.

R has overtaken SAS for Statistics job listings on

ModernDive is a free online textbook on Statistics and data science using R. 

A solution (with R code) for modeling customer churn in the retail industry using SQL Server R Services.

The superheat package provides enhanced heatmap graphics for R.

The fst package provides a new serialization format for R data focused on performance.

Thomas Dinsmore reflects on major events in the R Project and for Microsoft in 2016.

And some general interest stories (not necessarily related to R): A big drain; 'Vous' vs 'tu'; a remembrance of the late Hans Rosling; and Ten Meter Tower, a short film.

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