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20 years of CRAN

July 13, 2017
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The presentations and tutorials are starting to become available at the Channel 9 useR!2017 page. There's a wealth of amazing content to explore there already, and I wanted to call out one presentation in particular: Uwe Ligges' keynote presentation, 20 years of CRAN. There are many reasons for the success of R: the language itself, the mathematical and statistical...

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Take the R Consortium survey on R

July 11, 2017
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Since its foundation just a little over two years ago, the R Consortium has been dedicated to providing support to the R Project and the R community. Already, the R Consortium has channeled the contributions from its corporate members to fund more than 25 projects, working groups, and community initiatives. Recently funded initiatives include a code coverage tool for...

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In case you missed it: June 2017 roundup

July 10, 2017
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In case you missed them, here are some articles from June of particular interest to R users. R 3.4.1 "Single Candle" has been released. The Scientific Computing Coordinator at the FDA explains how R is used at the FDA and by sponsors for clinical trial submissions. Several useful tips related to including images in Rmarkdown documents. A review of...

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How perceptions of R have changed

July 5, 2017
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In the sponsor presentation for Microsoft at the useR!2017 conference in Brussels this morning, I thought I'd share how perceptions of R have changed over the years. Today, R known as is popular, comprehensive, accepted, scalable, production-ready and supported software environment for data analysis, but that wasn't always the case. You can find the slides for my presentation R,...

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More Companies using R

July 4, 2017
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Here's a quick roundup of some case studies published recently on the Microsoft Customer Stories portal, with examples of companies running R in production environments using the Microsoft stack. eToro, the social trading network, uses Microsoft R Server and Azure Machine Learning so that investors can automatically duplicate market strategies and actual investment decisions of successful traders in the...

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UseR! 2017 live-stream starts July 5

July 3, 2017
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UseR! 2017 live-stream starts July 5

The useR!2017 conference, the annual meeting of R users worldwide and the largest to date, is sold completely sold out. But for those that couldn't make it to Brussels, Microsoft will be live-streaming the conference at aka.ms/useRConference-live. Bookmark that page and follow along during the conference starting with the opening of the main program at 9:00 AM Brussels time...

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R 3.4.1 "Single Candle" released

June 30, 2017
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The R core team announced today the release of R 3.4.1 (codename: Single Candle). This release fixes...

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How R is used by the FDA for regulatory compliance

June 29, 2017
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I was recently alerted (thanks Maëlle and Mikhail!) to an enlightening presentation from last years' useR! conference. (This year's useR! conference takes place next week in Belgium.) Paul H Schuette, Scientific Computing Coordinator at the FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), talked about how R is used in the process of regulating and approving drugs at the...

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Useful tricks when including images in Rmarkdown documents

June 26, 2017
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Rmarkdown is an enormously useful system for combining text, output and graphics generated by R into a single document. Images, in particular, are a powerful means of communication in a report, whether they be data visualizations, diagrams, or pictures. To maximize the power of those images, Zev Ross has created a comprehensive list of tips and tricks for working...

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The R community is one of R’s best features

June 23, 2017
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The R community is one of R’s best features

R is incredible software for statistics and data science. But while the bits and bytes of software are an essential component of its usefulness, software needs a community to be successful. And that's an area where R really shines, as Shannon Ellis explains in this lovely ROpenSci blog post. For software, a thriving community offers developers, expertise, collaborators, writers...

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