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Guide to a high-performance, powerful R installation

August 31, 2018
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R is an amazing language with 25 years of development behind it, but you can make the most from R with additional components. An IDE makes developing in R more convenient; packages extend R's capabilities; and multi-threaded libraries make computations faster. Since these additional components aren't included on the official R website, getting the ideal R environment set up...

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Tips for analyzing Excel data in R

August 30, 2018
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Tips for analyzing Excel data in R

If you're familiar with analyzing data in Excel and want to learn how to work with the same data in R, Alyssa Columbus has put together a very useful guide: How To Use R With Excel. In addition to providing you with a guide for installing and setting up R and the RStudio IDE, it provide a wealth of...

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Videos from NYC R Conference

August 28, 2018
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The videos from the NYC R conference have been published, and there are so many great talks there to explore. I highly recommend checking them out: you'll find a wealth of interesting R applications, informative deep dives on using R (and a few other applications as well), and some very entertaining deliveries. In this post, I wanted to highlight...

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The Chartmaker Directory: Data visualizations in every tool

August 24, 2018
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The Chartmaker Directory: Data visualizations in every tool

Working with a new data visualization tool, and wondering how to create a specific type of chart? The Chartmaker Directory (designed by Andy Kirk) indexes more than 35 tools and over 50 charts, and provides links to examples from each combination. Here's an intentionally small detail from the index, where each hollow dot in a column represents a sample...

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Using gganimate to illustrate the luminance illusion

August 22, 2018
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Using gganimate to illustrate the luminance illusion

Many illusions are based on the fact that our perceptions of color or brightness of an object are highly dependent on the background surrounding the object. For example, in this image (an example of the Cornsweet illusion) the upper and lower blocks are exactly the same color, according to the pixels displayed on your screen. Mind = blown. These...

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Make R speak

August 16, 2018
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Make R speak

Every wanted to make R talk to you? Now you can, with the mscstts package by John Muschelli. It provides an interface to the Microsoft Cognitive Services Text-to-Speech API (hence the name) in Azure, and you can use it to convert any short piece of text to a playable audio file, rendering it as speech using a number of...

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Microsoft R Open 3.5.1 now available

August 14, 2018
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Microsoft R Open 3.5.1 has been released, combining the latest R language engine with multi-processor performance and tools for managing R packages reproducibly. You can download Microsoft R Open 3.5.1 for Windows, Mac and Linux from MRAN now. Microsoft R Open is 100% compatible with all R scripts and packages, and works with all your favorite R interfaces and...

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Redmonk Language Rankings, June 2018

August 10, 2018
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Redmonk Language Rankings, June 2018

The latest Redmonk Language Rankings are out. These rankings are published twice a year, and the top three positions in the June 2018 rankings remain unchanged from last time: JavaScript at #1, Java at #2, and Python at #3. The Redmonk rankings are based on Github repositories (as a proxy for developer activity) and StackOverflow activity (as a proxy...

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In case you missed it: July 2018 roundup

August 8, 2018
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In case you missed them, here are some articles from July of particular interest to R users. A program to validate quality and security for R packages: the Linux Foundation's CII Best Practices Badge Program. R scripts to generate images in the style of famous artworks, like Mondrian's. A 6-minute video tour of the AI and Machine Learning services...

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IEEE Language Rankings 2018

August 8, 2018
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IEEE Language Rankings 2018

Python retains its top spot in the fifth annual IEEE Spectrum top programming language rankings, and also gains a designation as an "embedded language". Data science language R remains the only domain-specific slot in the top 10 (where it as listed as an "enterprise language") and drops one place compared to its 2017 ranking to take the #7 spot....

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