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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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2016 Data Science Salary Survey results

September 15, 2016
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2016 Data Science Salary Survey results

O'Reilly has released the results of the 2016 Data Science Salary Survey. This survey is based on data from over 900 respondents to a 64-question survey about data-related tasks, tools, and the salary they receive from doing/using them. The median salary reported in the survey was US$87,000; amongst data scientists in the US, the median salary was US$106,000. Appropriately...

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Volunteer to help improve R’s documentation

September 12, 2016
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The R Consortium, in its most recent funding round, awarded a grant of $10,000 to The R Documentation Task Force, whose mission is to design and build the next generation R documentation system. (Microsoft is a Platinum Member of the R Consortium.) The task force has the support and participation of R Core members Duncan Murdoch, Michael Lawrence, and...

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In case you missed it: August 2016 roundup

September 9, 2016
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In case you missed them, here are some articles from August of particular interest to R users. An amusing short video extols the benefits of reproducible research with R. A guide to implementing a churn model for mobile phone customers with Microsoft R Services. Computerworld's Sharon Machlis presents 5 data visualizations each using 5 lines of R code. A...

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The elements of scaling R-based applications with DeployR

September 8, 2016
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The elements of scaling R-based applications with DeployR

If you want to build an application using R that serves many users simultaneously, you're going to need to be able to run a lot of R sessions simultaneously. If you want R to run in the cloud, you can publish R functions as a Web service (and you can do this directly from R with the azureML package)....

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Video series: Introduction to Microsoft R Server

August 29, 2016
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Microsoft R Server extends the base R language and Microsoft R Open with big-data capabilities. Specifically, it adds the RevoScaleR package, which creates an out-of-memory "CDF" data structure (so you can process data larger than available RAM), and algorithms that allow you to perform computations on such data using parallel and distributed algorithms. (A limited version of the RevoScaleR...

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Microsoft R Open 3.3.1 now available for Windows, Mac and Linux

August 26, 2016
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Microsoft R Open 3.3.1 now available for Windows, Mac and Linux

Microsoft R Open 3.3.1, our enhanced disstribution of open source R, is now available for download for Windows, Mac, and Linux. This update upgrades the R langauge engine to version 3.3.1, streamlines the installation process, and bundles some additional packages for parallel programming. R version 3.3.1 fixes a few rarely-encountered bugs, for example to generate Gamma random numbers with...

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R with Power BI: Import, Transform, Visualize and Share

August 25, 2016
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R with Power BI: Import, Transform, Visualize and Share

Power BI, Microsoft's data visualization and reporting platform, has made great strides in the past year integrating the R language. This Computerworld article describes the recent advances with Power BI and R. In short, you can: import data into Power BI by using an R script cleanse and transform other data sources coming into Power BI using R functions...

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Edward Tufte Keynote Presenter at Data Science Summit, Sep 26-27

August 23, 2016
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Edward Tufte Keynote Presenter at Data Science Summit, Sep 26-27

I'm excited to share that one of my data science heroes will be a presenter at the Microsoft Data Science Summit in Atlanta, September 26-27. Edward Tufte, the data visualization pioneer, will deliver a keynote address on the future of data analysis and the how to make more credible conclusions based on data. If you're not familiar with Tufte,...

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