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MRAN snapshots, and you

May 22, 2019
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MRAN snapshots, and you

For almost five years, the entire CRAN repository of R packages has been archived on a daily basis at MRAN. If you use CRAN snapshots from MRAN, we'd love to hear how you use them in this survey. If you're not familiar with the concept, or just want to learn more, read on. Every day since September 17, 2014,...

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What’s new in R 3.6.0

May 9, 2019
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A major update to the open-source R language, R 3.6.0, was released on April 26 and is now available for download for Windows, Mac and Linux. As a major update, it has many new features, user-visible changes and bug fixes. You can read the details in the release announcement, and in this blog post I'll highlight the most significant...

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Availability of Microsoft R Open 3.5.2 and 3.5.3

May 2, 2019
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It's taken a little bit longer than usual, but Microsoft R Open 3.5.2 (MRO) is now available for download for Windows and Linux. This update is based on R 3.5.2, and accordingly fixes a few minor bugs compared to MRO 3.5.1. The main change you will note is that new CRAN packages released since R 3.5.1 can now be...

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R 3.5.3 now available

March 12, 2019
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The R Core Team announced yesterday the release of R 3.5.3, and updated binaries for Windows and Linux are now available (with Mac sure to follow soon). This update fixes three minor bugs (to the functions writeLines, setClassUnion, and stopifnot), but you might want to upgrade just to avoid the "package built under R 3.5.4" warnings you might get...

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Where to find the worst weather in the US

March 7, 2019
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Where to find the worst weather in the US

Which US city has the worst weather? To answer that question, data analyst Taras Kaduk counted the number of pleasant days in each city and ranked them accordingly. For this analysis, a "pleasant" day is one where the average temperature was in the range 55°F-75°F, the maximum was in the range 60°-90°, the minimum was in the range 40°-70°,...

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An architecture for real-time scoring with R

March 1, 2019
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An architecture for real-time scoring with R

Let's say you've developed a predictive model in R, and you want to embed predictions (scores) from that model into another application (like a mobile or Web app, or some automated service). If you expect a heavy load of requests, R running on a single server isn't going to cut it: you'll need some kind of distributed architecture with...

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AI, Machine Learning and Data Science Roundup: February 2019

February 14, 2019
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A monthly roundup of news about Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Data Science. This is an eclectic collection of interesting blog posts, software announcements and data applications from Microsoft and elsewhere that I've noted over the past month or so. Open Source AI, ML & Data Science News ONNX, the open interchange format for AI models, updates to version...

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Create data visualizations like BBC News with the BBC’s R Cookbook

February 7, 2019
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Create data visualizations like BBC News with the BBC’s R Cookbook

If you're looking a guide to making publication-ready data visualizations in R, check out the BBC Visual and Data Journalism cookbook for R graphics. Announced in a BBC blog post this week, it provides scripts for making line charts, bar charts, and other visualizations like those below used in the BBC's data journalism. The cookbook is based around the...

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Tutorial: Sequential Pattern Mining in R for Business Recommendations

February 1, 2019
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Tutorial: Sequential Pattern Mining in R for Business Recommendations

by Allison Koenecke, Data Scientist, AI & Research Group at Microsoft, with acknowledgements to Amita Gajewar and John-Mark Agosta. In this tutorial, Allison Koenecke demonstrates how Microsoft could recommend to customers the next set of services they should acquire as they expand their use of the Azure Cloud, by using a temporal extension to conventional Market Basket Analysis. Problem...

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RStudio Server on Azure

January 22, 2019
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RStudio Server on Azure

RStudio Server Pro is now available on the Azure Marketplace, the company announced on the RStudio Blog earlier this month. This means you can launch RStudio Server Pro on an virtual machine with the memory, disk, and CPU configuration of your choice, and pay by the minute for the VM instance plus a the RStudio software charge. Then, you...

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