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Predicting flu deaths with R

December 16, 2016
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Predicting flu deaths with R

As Google learned, predicting the spread of influenza, even with mountains of data, is notoriously difficult. Nonetheless, bioinformatician and R user Shirin Glander has created a two-part tutorial about predicting flu deaths with R (part 2 here). The analysis is based on just 136 cases of influenza A H7N9 in China in 2013 (data provided in the outbreaks package)...

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How the State of Indiana uses R and Azure to forecast employment

December 15, 2016
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How the State of Indiana uses R and Azure to forecast employment

"Big Data" generates a lot of news these days, but sometimes small data still means big computation. Indiana's Department of Workforce Development has the responsibility to forecast future employment rates in the State of Indiana. And not just the number of jobs available: the department also needs to forecast the types of jobs that will be available, so the...

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One Page R: A Survival Guide to Data Science with R

December 14, 2016
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If you're looking to get started with data science in R, a great place to start is OnePageR by Graham Williams. (Graham is the creator of Rattle, author of Data Mining with Rattle and R, and Director of Data Science at Microsoft.) This free (CC-licensed) resource is a series of hands-on mini-chapters and associated R code, organized into four...

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Visualizing taxi trips between NYC neighborhoods with Spark and Microsoft R Server

December 14, 2016
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Visualizing taxi trips between NYC neighborhoods with Spark and Microsoft R Server

by Ali Zaidi, Data Scientist at Microsoft In previous post we showcased the use of the sparklyr package for manipulating large datasets using a familiar dplyr syntax on top of Spark HDInsight Clusters. In this post, we will take a look at the RxSpark API for R, part of the RevoScaleR package and the Microsoft R Server distribution of...

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How housing prices have increased around the world

December 12, 2016
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How housing prices have increased around the world

Len Kiefer, Deputy Chief Economist at Freddie Mac, recently posted an analysis of global housing price trends based on the international house price database (from the Dallas Fed). Using those data, Kiefer compared housing trends price increases (and in a couple of places like Spain and Ireland, decreases) across 24 countries. He also looks at the change in affordability...

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The Value of R’s Open Source Ecosystem

December 9, 2016
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I was thrilled to be invited to speak at the Monktoberfest conference, held this past October in Portland, Maine. Not only have I been a great fan of the analysis from the Redmonk team for many years, I'd heard that it was one of the most interesting and diverse tech conferences around. (Also, beer.) And indeed, it turned out...

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R Consortium Projects Update

December 8, 2016
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R Consortium Projects Update

The R Consortium has already funded 8 projects (and 3 more just in July) proposed by the R community, and the call for proposals for yet more projects is now open. If you have an idea for a projects that would advance R or the R Community, get your submission in by February 10, 2017. Meanwhile, the already-funded projects...

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Microsoft R Server 9.0 now available

December 7, 2016
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Microsoft R Server 9.0 now available

Microsoft R Server 9.0, Microsoft's R distribution with added big-data, in-database, and integration capabilities, was released today and is now available for download to MSDN subscribers. This latest release is built on Microsoft R Open 3.3.2, and adds new machine-learning capabilities, new ways to integrate R into applications, and additional big-data support for Spark 2.0. This release includes a...

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In case you missed it: November 2016 roundup

December 5, 2016
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In case you missed them, here are some articles from November of particular interest to R users. Microsoft R Open 3.3.2, based on R 3.3.2, has been released for Windows, Mac and Linux. A new, free course on EdX focuses on the big-data extensions of Microsoft R Server. Using ggplot2 to create a calendar heat map of city bike...

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Stylometry: Identifying authors of texts using R

December 2, 2016
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Stylometry: Identifying authors of texts using R

Few people expect politicians to write every word they utter themselves; reliance on speechwriters and spokepersons is a long-established political practice. Still, it's interesting to know which statements are truly the politician's own words, and which are driven primarily by advisors or influencers. Recently, David Robinson established a way of figuring out which tweets from Donald Trump's Twitter account...

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