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Predictive Maintenance for Aircraft Engines

May 25, 2016
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Predictive Maintenance for Aircraft Engines

Recently, I wrote about how it's possible to use predictive models to predict when an airline engine will require maintenance, and use that prediction to avoid unpleasant (and expensive!) delays for passengers on the ground. Planes generate a lot of data that can be used to make such predictions: today’s engines have hundreds of sensors and signals that transmit...

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Feather: fast, interoperable data import/export for R

May 23, 2016
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Feather: fast, interoperable data import/export for R

Unlike most other statistical software packages, R doesn't have a native data file format. You can certainly import and export data in any number of formats, but there's no native "R data file format". The closest equivalent is the saveRDS/loadRDS function pair, which allows you to serialize an R object to a file and then load it back into...

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Microsoft R Open 3.2.5 now available

May 20, 2016
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Microsoft R Open 3.2.5 now available

Microsoft R Open 3.2.5 is now available for download. There are no changes of note in the R langauge engine with this release (R 3.2.5 was just a largely a version number increment). There's lots new on the packages front though: Microsoft R Open 3.2.5 has a default CRAN snapshot date of May 1, 2016 and there was plenty...

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Spark 2.0: more performance, more statistical models

May 18, 2016
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Spark 2.0: more performance, more statistical models

Apache Spark, the open-source cluster computing framework, will soon see a major update with the upcoming release of Spark 2.0. This update promises to be faster than Spark 1.6, thanks to a run-time compiler that generates optimized bytecode. It also promises to be easier for developers to use, with streamlined APIs and a more complete SQL implementation. (Here's a...

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Documentation for Microsoft R Server now online

May 16, 2016
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Documentation for Microsoft R Server now online

If you've been thinking about trying the big-data capabilities of Microsoft R Server but wanted to check out the documentation first, you're in luck: the complete Microsoft R Server documentation is now available on MSDN (and is accessible to anyone). There's lots to explore here, but a few highlights you might want to check out include: Getting Started with...

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What’s in Pasta Carbonara?

May 13, 2016
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What’s in Pasta Carbonara?

Apparently, people have strong feelings about how pasta carbonara should be made. A 45-second French video showing a one-pot preparation of the dish with farfalle instead of spaghetti and substituting crème fraîche for most of the cheese — and not even stirring the egg into the pasta to cook it! and it was just the yolk! — caused outrage...

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Free e-book: Effective Graphs with Microsoft R Open

May 11, 2016
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Free e-book: Effective Graphs with Microsoft R Open

R is a powerful system for creating data visualizations. In fact, R gives you so many options for creating charts that it can be hard to know the best way to communicate effectively. To help you present your data as effectively as possible using R, there's a new (and free) e-book available to download: Effective Graphs with Microsoft R...

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In case you missed it: April 2016 roundup

May 9, 2016
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In case you missed them, here are some articles from April of particular interest to R users. Lukasz Piwek recreates classic graphs from Tufte's 'The Visual Display of Quantitative Information' in R. A preview of upcoming R conferences in Europe. Andrie de Vries updates the data on R package growth on CRAN, and finds a segmented regression model with...

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R Tools for Visual Studio 3.0 now available

May 6, 2016
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R Tools for Visual Studio 3.0 now available

R Tools for Visual Studio, the open-source extenstion to Visual Studio that provides an IDE for the R language, has been upgraded to include several new features. The latest update, RTVS 0.3, now includes: An R package manager, allowing you to review, install, and uninstall packages using a convenient user interface. The Variable Explorer now allows you to open...

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R 3.3.0 now available

May 5, 2016
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R 3.3.0 now available

R 3.3.0, a major annual update to the R Language, was released earlier this week and is now available from your local CRAN mirror for Windows, Mac (OSX 10.6 or later) and Linux systems. (Or as always, you can build it yourself from sources). This update — codenamed "Supposedly Educational" — makes a number of significant improvements to R,...

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