Blog Archives

The inexorable growth of student debt, charted with R

August 15, 2016
By
The inexorable growth of student debt, charted with R

Len Kiefer, Deputy Chief Economist at Freddie Mac, recently published the following chart to his personal blog showing household debt in the United States (excluding mortgage debt). As you can see, student loan debt has steadily increased over the last 13 years and has now eclipsed all other forms of non-mortgage debt: He also created this animated chart showing...

Read more »

Tuning Apache Spark for faster analysis with Microsoft R Server

August 12, 2016
By
Tuning Apache Spark for faster analysis with Microsoft R Server

My colleagues Max Kaznady, Jason Zhang, Arijit Tarafdar and Miguel Fierro recently posted a really useful guide with lots of tips to speed up prototyping models with Microsoft R Server on Apache Spark. These tips apply when using Spark on Azure HDInsight, where you can spin up a Spark cluster the cloud with Microsoft R installed on the head...

Read more »

In case you missed it: July 2016 roundup

August 10, 2016
By

In case you missed them, here are some articles from July of particular interest to R users. R moves up to 5th place in the annual IEEE Spectrum programming language rankings. A guide to R-related presentations at the JSM 2016 conference. FiveThirtyEight uses R extensively for data journalism, as explained in a presentation at useR!2016. An in-depth look at...

Read more »

New cheat-sheet for the dplyrXdf package

August 8, 2016
By
New cheat-sheet for the dplyrXdf package

Hadley Wickham's dplyr package is an amazing tool for restructuring, filtering, and aggregating data sets using its elegant grammar of data manipulation. By default, it works on in-memory data frames, which means you're limited to the amount of data you can fit into R's memory. Hadley also provided an extension mechanism to make dplyr work with external data sources,...

Read more »

Interactive, Illustrator-quality graphics with R

August 5, 2016
By
Interactive, Illustrator-quality graphics with R

While many media properties including the New York Times, FiveThirtyEight and FlowingData use the R language to prepare graphics for publication, they often use Adobe Illustrator or similar graphics tools to touch up the last 5% or so of the graphics. Not so for Switzerland's news site swissinfo.ch, whose data journalist Duc-Quang Nguyen created these gorgeous bar charts showing...

Read more »

Farewell, inside-r.org: where to find alternative R resources

August 3, 2016
By
Farewell, inside-r.org: where to find alternative R resources

We recently had to decomission inside-r.org, the R resources site created by Revolution Analytics in 2010. Links to inside-r.org now redirect to MRAN, which now contains much of the material which was there, including an R package directory, examples of R applications, and a guide for getting started with R. But if you're looking for something that was on...

Read more »

Azure ML Studio now supports Microsoft R Open, Python 3

August 1, 2016
By
Azure ML Studio now supports Microsoft R Open, Python 3

In Azure ML Studio, you use a browser-based "workbench" tool to flow data through pre-built data munging, machine learning and predictive modeling modules. These pre-built components perform computations in the Azure cloud and cover just about everything you'd want to do with data, including data transformation tools (add/remove columns, split data), variable selection, statistical and machine learning functions (classification,...

Read more »

R moves up to 5th place in IEEE language rankings

July 29, 2016
By
R moves up to 5th place in IEEE language rankings

IEEE Spectrum has just published its third annual ranking with its 2016 Top Programming Languages, and the R Language is once again near the top of the list, moving up one place to fifth position. As I said last year (when R moved up to take sixth place), this is an extraordinary result for a domain-specific language. The other...

Read more »

Data Journalism with R at FiveThirtyEight

July 27, 2016
By
Data Journalism with R at FiveThirtyEight

Since it expanded its focus from predicting the US election, FiveThirtyEight has emerged as a prominent source of in-depth data journalism, with data-driven analysis of media, culture, politics and society. A recent feature combined CDC and independent data sources to break down the nearly 34,000 gun deaths in the US in 2014 by cause of death and the gender,...

Read more »

Microsoft R Open 3.3.0 now available

July 25, 2016
By
Microsoft R Open 3.3.0 now available

Microsoft R Open 3.3.0, the enhanced distribution of open source R, is now available for download for Windows, Mac and Linux systems. This release includes a significant updates to the R language engine from the R Core Group bundled with the multithreaded performance and CRAN package time-machine capabilities of Microsoft R Open. The core performance of the R language...

Read more »

Sponsors

Mango solutions



plotly webpage

dominolab webpage



Zero Inflated Models and Generalized Linear Mixed Models with R

Quantide: statistical consulting and training

datasociety

http://www.eoda.de





ODSC

ODSC

CRC R books series





Six Sigma Online Training









Contact us if you wish to help support R-bloggers, and place your banner here.

Never miss an update!
Subscribe to R-bloggers to receive
e-mails with the latest R posts.
(You will not see this message again.)

Click here to close (This popup will not appear again)