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Video: How to run R and Python in SQL Server from a Jupyter notebook

August 3, 2018
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Did you know that you can run R and Python code within a SQL Server instance? Not only does this give you a powerful server to process your data science calculations, but it makes things faster by eliminating the need to move data between client and server. Best of all, you can access this power via your favourite interface...

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R Generation: 25 Years of R

August 1, 2018
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R Generation: 25 Years of R

The August 2018 issue of Significance Magazine includes a retrospective feature on the R language. (I suggest reading the PDF version, also available for free access.) The article by Nick Thieme looks back at the 25 years since the R language was first conceived at Auckland University in 1992. It follows the history of R through the first public...

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A Certification for R Package Quality

July 30, 2018
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A Certification for R Package Quality

There are more than 12,000 packages for R available on CRAN, and many others available on Github and elsewhere. But how can you be sure that a given R package follows best development practices for high-quality, secure software? Based on a recent survey of R users related to challenges in selecting R packages, the R Consortium now recommends a...

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aRt with code

July 27, 2018
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aRt with code

Looking for something original to decorate your wall? Art With Code, created by Harvard University bioinformatician Jean Fan, provides a collection of R scripts to generate artistic images in the style of famous artworks, for example this randomly-generated piece in the style of Mondrian: Other art generators include "Tunnel" (rotated and scaled designs in the style of Päivi Julin),...

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A hex sticker wall, created with R

July 20, 2018
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Bill Venables, member of the R Foundation, co-author of the Introduction to R manual, R package developer, and one of the smartest and nicest (a rare combo!) people you will ever meet, received some gifts from the user!2018 conference committee in recognition of his longtime service to the R community. He received a book of reminiscences from those whose...

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Highlights from the useR! 2018 conference in Brisbane

July 18, 2018
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he fourteenth annual worldwide R user conference, useR!2018, was held last week in Brisbane, Australia and it was an outstanding success. The conference attracted around 600 users from around the world and — as the first held in the Southern hemisphere — brought many first-time conference-goers to useR!. (There were also a number of beginning R users as well,...

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Video: R for AI, and the Not Hotdog workshop

July 17, 2018
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Video: R for AI, and the Not Hotdog workshop

Earlier this year at the QCon.ai conference, I gave a short presentation, "The Case for R, for AI developers". I also presented an interactive workshop, using R and the Microsoft Cognitive Services APIs, to automatically generate captions for images, and to create a tool to recognize images of hotdogs. Video from both the presentation, and the workshop (which starts...

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New open data sets from Microsoft Research

July 12, 2018
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Microsoft has released a number of data sets produced by Microsoft Research and made them available for download at Microsoft Research Open Data. The Datasets in Microsoft Research Open Data are categorized by their primary research area, such as Physics, Social Science, Environmental Science, and Information Science. Many of the data sets have not been previously available to the...

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In case you missed it: June 2018 roundup

July 10, 2018
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In case you missed them, here are some articles from June of particular interest to R users. An animated visualization of global migration, created in R by Guy Abel. My take on the question, Should you learn R or Python for data science? The BBC and Financial Times use R — without post-processing — for publication graphics. "Handling Strings...

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R 3.5.1 update now available

July 9, 2018
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Last week the R Core Team released the latest update to the R statistical data analysis environment, R version 3.5.1. This update (codenamed "Feather Spray" — a Peanuts reference) makes no user-visible changes and fixes a few bugs. It is backwards-compatible with R 3.5.0, and users can find updates for Windows, Linux and Mac systems at their local CRAN...

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