In case you missed it: October 2017 roundup

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

A recent survey of competitors on the Kaggle platform reveals that Python (76%) and R (59%) are the preferred tools for building predictive models.

Microsoft's “Team Data Science Process” has been updated with new guidelines on use of the IDEAR framework for R and Python.

Microsoft R Open 3.4.2 is now available for Windows, Mac and Linux.

Using the foreach package to estimate bias of rpart trees via bootstrapping.

Replays of webinars on the Azure Data Science VM, and on document collection analysis with Azure ML Workbench, are now available.

The “officer” package makes it possible to create PowerPoint and Word documents from R, and even include editable R charts.

An online book on statistical machine learning with the MicrosoftML package.

An updated list of major events in the history of the R project, 1992-2016.

An overview of the R manuals, now also available in Bookdown format.

An R-based analysis comparing the speeds of bikes and taxis for trips across New York City.

Vision-based AI techniques used to estimate the population of endangered snow leopards.

ROpenSci interviews David Smith about working in the R community.

A generational neural network, implemented in R, synthesizes startup names and business plans.

Two R-themed crosswords: a cryptic one by Barry Rowlingson, and a standard one from R-Ladies DC.

A tutorial on using Azure Data Lake Analytics with R.

The remarkable growth of R, as seen in StackOverflow traffic data.

Version 1.0.0 of the dplyrXdf package, providing dplyr operations for Microsoft R out-of-memory data files, is now available.

The GPU-enabled Deep Learning Virtual Machine on Azure includes R, Spark, Tensorflow and more.

A comparison of assault death rates in the US and other advanced democracies, generated in R by Kieran Healy.

And some general interest stories (not necessarily related to R):

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