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The British Ecological Society’s Guide to Reproducible Science

December 6, 2017
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The British Ecological Society’s Guide to Reproducible Science

The British Ecological Society has published a new volume in their Guides to Better Science series: A Guide to Reproducible Code in Ecology and Evolution (pdf). The introduction, by , describes its scope: A Guide to Reproducible Code covers all the basic tools and information you will need to start making your code more reproducible. We focus on R...

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On the biases in data

December 5, 2017
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Whether we're developing statistical models, training machine learning recognizers, or developing AI systems, we start with data. And while the suitability of that data set is, lamentably, sometimes measured by its size, it's always important to reflect on where those data come from. Data are not neutral: the data we choose to use has profound impacts on the resulting...

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AI School: Microsoft R and SQL Server ML Services

December 4, 2017
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If you'd like to learn how you use R to develop AI applications, the Microsoft AI School now features a learning path focused on Microsoft R and SQL Server ML Services. This learning path includes eight modules, each comprising detailed tutorials and examples: Doing Data Analysis using R Analyzing Big Data with Microsoft R Server Introduction to SQL Server...

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A case study in messy data analysis: the Australian same-sex marriage survey

December 1, 2017
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A case study in messy data analysis: the Australian same-sex marriage survey

Last month the Australian people signaled their approval of legalizing same-sex marriage by a 62%:38% margin in a national survey. (On a personal note, I was elated and relieved by the result: my husband and I have discussed eventually retiring to Australia, and with this decision our marriage would be recognized there.) While fears of a surprise Brexit-like electoral...

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R 3.4.3 released

November 30, 2017
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R 3.4.3 released

R 3.4.3 has been released, as announced by the R Core team today. As of this writing, only the source distribution (for those that build R themselves) is available, but binaries for Windows, Mac and Linux should appear on your local CRAN mirror within the next day or so. This is primarily a bug-fix release. It fixes an issue...

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How to generate a Secret Santa list with R

November 29, 2017
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How to generate a Secret Santa list with R

Several recent blog posts have explored the Secret Santa problem and provided solutions in R. This post provides a roundup of various solutions and how they are implemented in R. If you wanted to set up a "Secret Santa" gift exchange at the office, you could put everyone's name into a hat and have each participant draw a name...

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R/Finance 2018, Chicago June 1-2

November 27, 2017
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The tenth annual R/Finance conference will be held in Chicago, June 1-2 2018. This is a fantastic conference for anyone working with R in the finance industry, or doing research around R in finance in the academic sector. This community-led, single-track conference always features a program of interesting talks in a convival atmosphere. If you'd like to contribute a...

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 23, 2017
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Happy Thanksgiving!

Today is Thanksgiving Day here in the US, so we're taking the rest of the week off to enjoy the time with family. Even if you don't celebrate Thanksgiving, today is still an excellent day to give thanks to the volunteers who have contributed to the R project and its ecosystem. In particular, give thanks to the R Core...

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Learnings from 5 months of R-Ladies Chicago (Part 1)

November 22, 2017
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by Angela Li, founder and organizer of R-Ladies Chicago. This article also appears on Angela's personal blog. It’s been a few months since I launched R-Ladies Chicago, so I thought I’d sit down and write up some things that I’ve learned in the course of organizing this wonderful community. Looking back, there are a few things I wish someone...

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R charts in a Tweet

November 20, 2017
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R charts in a Tweet

Twitter recently doubled the maximum length of a tweet to 280 characters, and while all users now have access to longer tweets, few have taken advantage of the opportunity. Bob Rudis used the rtweet package to analyze tweets sent with the #rstats hashtag since 280-char tweets were introduced, and most still kept below the old 280-character limit. The actual...

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