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Homer, not Bart, is the star of the Simpsons

October 3, 2016
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Homer, not Bart, is the star of the Simpsons

It's been a long time since I watched the The Simpsons, but I was always under the impression that Bart was the primary character. Perhaps it was all the Do the Bartman and "Cowabunga!" nonsense from the 90s. Anyway, data scientist Todd W Schneider used R to analyze the scripts of the first 26 seasons and found that Homer...

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All the R Ladies

September 30, 2016
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All the R Ladies

Two groups are making and impact in improving the gender diversity of R users worldwide. The R-Ladies organization is creating chapters worldwide to facilitate female R programmers meeting and working together, and the Taskforce on Women in the R Community is working to improve the participation and experience of women in the R community. R has more participation by...

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Watch: Highlights of the Microsoft Data Science Summit

September 29, 2016
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I just got back from Atlanta, the host of the Microsoft Machine Learning and Data Science Summit. This was the first year for this new conference, and it was a blast: the energy from the 1,000 attendees was palpable. I covered Joseph Sirosh's keynote presentation yesterday, but today I wanted to highlight a few other talks from the program...

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Using R to detect fraud at 1 million transactions per second

September 28, 2016
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Using R to detect fraud at 1 million transactions per second

In Joseph Sirosh's keynote presentation at the Data Science Summit on Monday, Wee Hyong Took demonstrated using R in SQL Server 2016 to detect fraud in real-time credit card transactions at a rate of 1 million transactions per second. The demo (which starts at the 17:00 minute mark) used a gradient-boosted tree model to predict the probability of a...

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The Financial Times uses R for Quantitative Journalism

September 27, 2016
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The Financial Times uses R for Quantitative Journalism

At the 2016 EARL London conference senior data-visualisation journalist John Burn-Murdoch, described how the Financial Times uses R to produce high-quality, striking data visualisations. Until recently, charts were the realm of an information designer using tools like Adobe Illustrator: the output was beautiful, but the process was a long and winding one. The FT needed to be able to...

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Microsoft R at the EARL Conference

September 23, 2016
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Microsoft R at the EARL Conference

Slides have now been posted for many of the talks given at the recent Effective Applications of the R Language (London) conference, and I thought I'd highlight a few that featured Microsoft R. Chris Cole manages the deployment of R at Investec, supporting investment and risk teams worldwide. Despite some initial grumbling about having to use "old" versions of...

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Welcome to the Tidyverse

September 21, 2016
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Hadley Wickham, co-author (with Garrett Grolemund) of R for Data Science and RStudio's Chief Scientist, has focused much of his R package development on the un-sexy but critically important part of the data science process: data management. In the Tidy Tools Manifesto, he proposes four basic principles for any computer interface for handling data: Reuse existing data structures. Compose...

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Linux Data Science Virtual Machine: new and upgraded tools

September 20, 2016
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Linux Data Science Virtual Machine: new and upgraded tools

The Linux edition of the Data Science Virtual Machine on Microsoft Azure was recently upgraded. The Linux DSVM includes Microsoft R, Anaconda Python, Jupyter, CNTK and many other data science and machine learning tools, new or upgraded for this release. This eWeek story gives an overview of the improvements, but the highlights are: Microsoft R Server (developer edition) is...

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YaRrr! The Pirate’s (video) Guide to R

September 19, 2016
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YaRrr! The Pirate’s (video) Guide to R

Today is Talk Like A Pirate Day, the perfect day to learn R, the programming language of pirates (arrr, matey!). If you have two-and-a-bit hours to spare, Nathaniel Phillips has created a video tutorial YaRrr! The Pirate's Guide to R which will take you through the basics: installation, basic R operations, and the matrix and data frame obects. For...

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Reflections on EARL London 2016

September 16, 2016
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Reflections on EARL London 2016

The Mango Solutions team have done it again: another excellent Effective Applications of R (EARL) conference just wrapped up here in London. The conference was attended by almost 400 R users from companies all around the world, and was a really fun experience. I was honored to deliver a keynote presentation, alonside keynotes from Joe Cheng and Garrett Grolemund...

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