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Video: speeding up R with parallel programming in the cloud

May 21, 2018
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I had a great time in Budapest last week for the eRum 2018 conference. The organizers have already made all of the videos available online. Here's my presentation: Speeding up R with Parallel Programming in the cloud. You can find (and download) my presentation slides here. And if you just want the references from the last slide, here are...

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Custom R charts coming to Excel

May 11, 2018
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Custom R charts coming to Excel

This week at the BUILD conference, Microsoft announced that Power BI custom visuals will soon be available as charts with Excel. You'll be able to choose a range of data within an Excel workbook, and pass those data to one of the built-in Power BI custom visuals, or one you've created yourself using the API. Since you can create...

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In case you missed it: April 2018 roundup

May 9, 2018
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In case you missed them, here are some articles from April of particular interest to R users. Microsoft R Open 3.4.4, based on R 3.4.4, is now available. An R script by Ryan Timpe converts a photo into instructions for rendering it as LEGO bricks. R functions to build a random maze in Minecraft, and have your avatar solve...

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Open-Source Machine Learning in Azure

May 8, 2018
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The topic for my talk at the Microsoft Build conference yesterday was "Migrating Existing Open Source Machine Learning to Azure". The idea behind the talk was to show how you can take the open-source tools and workflows you already use for machine learning and data science, and easily transition them to the Azure cloud to take advantage of its...

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Three Twitter Threads

May 2, 2018
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I've been heads-down this week preparing for some upcoming talks, so not as much blogging as usual this week. But there have been some interesting conversations on Twitter this week that you may be interested to check out if you're not on the platform. Steph Lock shares her go-to R packages for every stage of the data science process:...

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Microsoft R Open 3.4.4 now available

April 30, 2018
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An update to Microsoft R Open (MRO) is now available for download on Windows, Mac and Linux. This release upgrades the R language engine to version 3.4.4, which addresses some minor issues with timezone detection and some edge cases in some statistics functions. As a maintenance release, it's backwards-compatible with scripts and packages from the prior release of MRO....

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Make a sculpture in LEGO from a photo, with R

April 30, 2018
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Make a sculpture in LEGO from a photo, with R

The entrance to our office in Redmond in is adorned with this sculpture of our department logo, rendered in LEGO: We had fun with LEGO bricks at work this week. APEX is our internal team name, this was fun. Oh and we're hiring for all roles in Azure! pic.twitter.com/VlNNaTexA5 — Jeff Sandquist (@jeffsand) March 30, 2017 Our team, the...

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A maze-solving Minecraft robot, in R

April 27, 2018
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A maze-solving Minecraft robot, in R

Last week at the New York R Conference, I gave a presentation on using R in Minecraft. (I've embedded the slides below.) The demo gods were not kind to me, and while I was able to show building a randomly-generated maze in the Minecraft world, my attempt to have the player solve it automatically was stymied by some server...

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Big changes behind the scenes in R 3.5.0

April 24, 2018
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A major update to R is now available. The R Core group has announced the release of R 3.5.0, and binary versions for Windows and Linux are now available from the primary CRAN mirror. (The Mac release is forthcoming.) Probably the biggest change in R 3.5.0 will be invisible to most users — except by the performance improvements it...

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Uber overtakes taxis in New York City

April 18, 2018
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Uber overtakes taxis in New York City

In an update to his analysis of taxi and ride-share trips, Todd Schnieder reports that the number of daily Uber rides exceeds the number of taxi rides in New York City, as of November 2017. The data is provided by the New York Taxi and Limousine Commission, and the analysis and graphics were created using the open-source R language....

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