Articles by David Smith

How Statistics lifts the fog of war in Syria

March 14, 2014 | David Smith

In June 2013, the conflict between opposition and government forces around the Syrian city of Aleppo had intensified. Rockets struck residential districts, and car-bombs exploded near key facilities. Many people died. But as is common in conflict areas, the reports of the number of dead varied by the source of the ... [Read more...]

Submit a talk to the R user conference in LA!

March 12, 2014 | David Smith

The worldwide R user conference, useR! 2014, will take in Los Angeles, June 30-July 3. If you're an R user, or just interested in learning about what R can do first-hand from members of the R community, this is the conference to attend. To get an idea of what to expect, check ... [Read more...]

In case you missed it: February 2014 roundup

March 12, 2014 | David Smith

In case you missed them, here are some articles from February of particular interest to R users: A statistical analysis of various forecasting methods (using R) leads to correct predictions for 21 of 24 Oscars awards. There are now 123 R User Groups worldwide, and applications for Revolution Analytics sponsorship grants are open ... [Read more...]

R 3.0.3 is now available

March 7, 2014 | David Smith

R-core member Peter Dalgaard announced yesterday that R 3.0.3 is now available. This is the final update to the R 3.0 series, and includes several small but handy new features and minor bug fixes. Improvements include support for writing very large tables to disk, better handling of foreign-language calendar dates, and more ... [Read more...]

Revolution Analytics named a Visionary in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Advanced Analytics Platforms

February 26, 2014 | David Smith

The entire team at Revolution Analytics is very proud to announce that Gartner has named Revolution Analytics a Visionary in the inaugural Gartner Magic Quadrant for Advanced Analytics Platforms, published February 19, 2014. The report evaluated 16 vendors through a series of stringent criteria related to the ability to execute and completeness of ... [Read more...]

Because it’s Friday: US Dialects

February 21, 2014 | David Smith

In the video below from The Atlantic, the differences in the way US citizens describe or pronounce various things is illustrated in a series of phone calls (via Sullivan): If you're wondering how your dialect fits in, you can try the New York Times Dialect Quiz. Answer 25 questions, and it ... [Read more...]

Atlantic Feature on AI and R

February 19, 2014 | David Smith

A recent feature article in The Atlantic describes the rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how researchers "conduct sophisticated data analyses using cloud resources such as Amazon Web Services and R, an open source application for statistic... [Read more...]

Because it’s Valentine’s Day: Statistical Plushies

February 14, 2014 | David Smith

Looking for a sweet gift for your data-loving significant other? Then check out these statistical distribution plushies on Etsy: Availale in pink (log-Normal distribution), yellow (chi-square distribution), light green (Normal distribution), baby blue (T-distribution), and lilac (uniform distribution). They're cute, they're educational, last longer than roses and much better for ... [Read more...]

BitCoin profits with the Sushi-Burger Shuffle

February 14, 2014 | David Smith

The BitCoin cryptocurrency has been much in the news of late. What, you don't have BitCoins? (Don't worry, neither do I.) Unless you have a supercomputer in your back yard and a cheap source of power, it's no longer really feasible to mine them yourself. But if you want some, ... [Read more...]

R skills attract the highest salaries

February 11, 2014 | David Smith

Two recent salary surveys have shown that R language skills attract median salaries in excess of $110,000 in the United States. In the 2014 Dice Tech Salary Survey of over 17,000 technology professionals, the highest-paid IT skill was R programming. While big-data skills in general featured strongly in the top tier, having R ... [Read more...]

Winter Olympic Medal Standings, presented by R

February 10, 2014 | David Smith

There's no shortage of web sites listing the current medal standings at Sochi, not least the official Winter Olympics Medal Tally. And here's the same tally, rendered with R: Click through to see a real-time version of the chart, created with RStudio's Shiny by Ramnath Vaidyanathan. (By the way, does ... [Read more...]

In case you missed it: January 2014 roundup

February 5, 2014 | David Smith

In case you missed them, here are some articles from January of particular interest to R users: Princeton’s Germán Rodríguez has published a useful “Introduction to R” guide, with a focus on linear and logistic regression. The rxDForest function in the RevoScaleR package fits random forests of ... [Read more...]

R is 15th of top programming languages in latest RedMonk ranking

February 3, 2014 | David Smith

Analyst firm RedMonk periodically publishes rankings of the Top 20 programming languages, as measured by activity on StackOverflow and number of repositories on GitHub. In their most recent ranking (January 2014), R is ranked #15 amongst all programming languages. An impressive ranking for a domain-specific language; the top 3 were the general-purpose languages Java, ... [Read more...]
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