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R community update: announcing useR Delhi July meetup

July 10, 2018
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R community update: announcing useR Delhi July meetup

In my last post, I’d pointed out the importance of a local community and described how Delhi NCR useR group came about. It’s been a month since we’d started the group and I’m excited to announce that our first meetup is scheduled to take place on 14th July 2018, i.e. upcoming Saturday. Venue for the event is SocialCops headquarters...

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R community update: announcing New Delhi useR meetup group

June 14, 2018
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R community update: announcing New Delhi useR meetup group

“The way to change the world is through individual responsibility and taking local action in your own community.” – Jeff Bridges Over the past few years, R’s adoption has grown rapidly throughout the world. Much of it can be attributed to the growth of ‘data science’ as a domain. But R’s popularity primarily exists because of its amazing community...

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Analyze pull requests and Travis builds using Rperform

September 5, 2016
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Analyze pull requests and Travis builds using Rperform

Always code as if the guy who ends up maintaining your code will be a violent psychopath who knows where you live. – Martin Golding In previous posts, I had discussed how Rperform can be used to obtain and visualize package performance data. However, real-world software development is a collaborative process. Thus, automating performance testing for your package is...

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GSoC 2016 Report – Rperform

August 23, 2016
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GSoC 2016 Report – Rperform

Developer: Akash Tandon Mentors: Joshua Ulrich, Toby Dylan Hocking Official Project Link: Rperform: performance analysis of R package code This project meant to deal primarily with development of Rperform’s functionalities to allow developers to obtain potential performance impacts of a pull request (PR) without having to merge, extension of the package’s existing performance metric measurement and visualization functions, and...

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Data Science Competitions 101: Anatomy and Approach

July 27, 2016
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Data Science Competitions 101: Anatomy and Approach

I recently participated in a weekend-long data science hackathon, titled ‘The Smart Recruits’. Organized by the amazing folks at Analytics Vidhya, it saw some serious competition. Although my performance can be classified as decent at best (47 out of 379 participants), it was among the more satisfying ones I have participated in on both AV (profile) and Kaggle (profile)...

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Obtaining package performance data using Rperform

July 8, 2016
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Obtaining package performance data using Rperform

“In God we trust. All others must bring data.” – W. Edwards Deming In a previous post, I had discussed how Rperform uses the grammar of graphics approach to visualize an R package’s performance in terms of runtime and memory usage. The visualizations contribute significantly towards Rperform’s mission to allow package developers to quantify, analyze and visualize performance. However, at...

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Visualizing package performance using Rperform and Grammar of Graphics

June 28, 2016
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Visualizing package performance using Rperform and Grammar of Graphics

The greatest value of a picture is when it forces us to notice what we never expected to see. ―John Tukey Replace ‘picture’ in the above quote with ‘data visualization’ and it will still ring true; maybe even more so. To provide valuable insights to package developers is exactly what Rperform strives to do through it’s visualization functions. Background...

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Rperform in Google Summer of Code 2016

May 21, 2016
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Rperform in Google Summer of Code 2016

Rperform had started as a GSoC 2015 project with an aim to “to provide a package with functions that make it easy for R package developers to track quantitative performance metrics of their code, over time.” Much of the functionality required for the same was implemented over the course of last summer. This included various performance visualization functions and...

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