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R-based data maps in PowerBI

February 29, 2016
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R-based data maps in PowerBI

One of benefit of integrating R with PowerBI is access to rich array of data visulizations not present in the standard PowerBI loadout. R is practically unlimited in the types of graphics it can create (although the amount of programming required can vary from a few lines using an existing R package, to large custom functions for truly bespoke...

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Japans ageing population, animated with R

February 26, 2016
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Japans ageing population, animated with R

The US Census makes a number of its databases available to developers via the Census API. One of those databases is the International Data Base, in which the Census department provides historic demographic breakdowns (population by age and sex) for many countries, along with projections through 2050. Kyle Walker created the R package idbr (currently only available on GitHub)...

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Explore New Zealand’s Tourist Industry with R and Shiny

February 24, 2016
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Explore New Zealand’s Tourist Industry with R and Shiny

New Zealand's Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment has just released the New Zealand Tourism Dashboard, an interactive application which allows NZ residents (and curious onlookers everywhere) to explore the economic impact of tourism in the far-flung nation. The dashboard is implemented using Shiny, and all of the graphics and analyses were created using the R language Each tab...

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Latest Redmonk and Tiobe language rankings for R

February 22, 2016
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Latest Redmonk and Tiobe language rankings for R

Analyst firm RedMonk have updated their (near-)biannual Programming Lanuage rankings as of January 2016, and the R language ranks at #13, unchanged since the last ranking in June 2015. Redmonk's rankings are based on number of projects in GitHub and number of questions tagged in StackOverflow, and the most recent data is visualized (using R's ggplot2 package) below: In...

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Microsoft R Open 3.2.3 update

February 19, 2016
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We've released a minor update to Microsoft R Open 3.2.3 to address issues that some people were experiencing. The update available now on MRAN fixes the following issues: The Windows R GUI (RGUI.exe) could crash when typing beyond the bounds of the visible window. The "R" command wasn't available from the Terminal in OS X El Capitan. TCL/TK wasn't...

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New syntax proposed for R language

February 17, 2016
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R user and developer Lionel Henry proposes a number of changes to R syntax: Use square brackets to create lists. You could use to create a list of three elements. Nested lists would be possible as well, with syntax like or , ] (much easier than list(list(1,2),list(2,3))). Define lambda functions with square...

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Using Microsoft R Server to Address Scalability Issues in R

February 15, 2016
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If you missed the recent webinar presented by Derek Norton, Using Microsoft R Server to Address Scalability Issues in R, you can now catch up with the replay below. In the webinar, Derek compares Microsoft R Open and Microsoft R Server, and demonstrates using Microsoft R Server to model a 40-million-row data file using logistic regression. (The demo begins...

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You can now extend RStudio with add-ins

February 12, 2016
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You can now extend RStudio with add-ins

The latest update to RStudio, the cross-platform open-source integrated development environment for the R language from the team at RStudio, adds many new features for R developers. But perhaps the most significant update is one which allows R developers to add their own new features to RStudio: add-ins. RStudio Add-ins appear under the new "Add-ins" menu in the RStudio...

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In case you missed it: January 2016 roundup

February 10, 2016
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In case you missed them, here are some articles from January of particular interest to R users. Animated visualizations and analysis of data from NYC's municipal bike program, created with R. Many local R user groups are sharing materials from meetups using Github. A detailed R tutorial on analyzing your Twitter archive and performing sentiment analysis. How to combine...

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Tutorial: Credit Card Fraud Detection with SQL Server 2016 R Services

February 8, 2016
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Tutorial: Credit Card Fraud Detection with SQL Server 2016 R Services

If you have a database of credit-card transactions with a small percentage tagged as fraudulent, how can you create a process that automatically flags likely fraudulent transactions in the future? That's the premise behind the latest Data Science Deep Dive on MSDN. This tutorial provides a step by step to using the R language and the big-data statistical models...

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