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Revolution Analytics 2012 R User Group Sponsorship Program

January 10, 2012
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On of Revolution Analytics' main missions is to support and foster the growth of the R community, and in 2011 we sponsored more than 25 local R user groups and meetings with cash donations for for venue hire, meetup.com dues, refreshments, and other group needs. We also sent hundreds of "I love R" T-shirts and stickers to group members...

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Optimization for Finance with R

January 9, 2012
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Last year, the Statistics and Mathematics Department of the Vienna University School of Economics and Business presented a research seminar series on optimization, taught by R Core Group member Kurt Hornik (with Ronald Hochreiter and Stefan Theussl). Even if you couldn't make it to Austria to attend the course, the course materials are available online, and make an excellent...

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Mapping the Iowa caucus results: how it’s done with R

January 6, 2012
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Mapping the Iowa caucus results: how it’s done with R

If you've been following the presidential primary process here in the US, you've probably seen many maps of the results of the Iowa caucuses by now (such as this infamous one from Fox News). But you might be interested to learn how such maps can be made using the R language. The Offensive Politics blog explains the process in...

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Good at applying R? Be a Sales Engineer!

January 5, 2012
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Revolution Analytics is hiring! We're looking for a Sales Engineer -- someone who can show Revolution R to potential customers and really show off what R can do in an applied setting. (Fun fact: this was my first job when I left university, and it's a lot of fun.) The job description is below, please pass it along to...

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Revolution Analytics named Startup to Watch in 2012

January 4, 2012
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While we were out over the holiday break, Silicon Angle selected five open-source startups that are commercializing and contributing to open source projects as "Startups to Watch in 2012". Revolution Analytics was #2 on the list: This was a busy year for Revolution. The company released Revolution R 5.0, which included Hadoop integration, allowing users to create map/reduce jobs...

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Norman Nie on two big problems with Big Data

December 23, 2011
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Revolution Analytics CEO Norman Nie sat down with Cassimir Medford from Business Agility to talk about the problems business today face with respect to Big Data. The two big problems identified: finding adequately trained personnel and locating the right tools. Norman traces the problem of finding skilled practitioners to work with Big Data to the US educational system: The...

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December 2011 issue of the R Journal: An overview

December 20, 2011
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December 2011 issue of the R Journal: An overview

The December 2011 issue of the R Journal is now available for download. Three times a year, the open-access journal of the R project publishes peer-reviewed articles on research and applications of R and R packages. As of the latest issue, all articles are published under a Creative Commons license, making them accessible for translation, academic and commercial uses...

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Submit a paper to the R/Finance conference

December 19, 2011
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For anybody using the R language to analyze financial data, the R/Finance conference is the conference of the year. If you have something to share about applied finance with R, the call for papers is now open. The details are below, and the deadline for submissions is January 31, 2012. R/Finance 2012: Applied Finance with R May 11 and...

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EMC survey differentiates BI and Data Science

December 15, 2011
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EMC survey differentiates BI and Data Science

EMC last week published the results of a survey of 462 IT decision makers who self-identified as either a data scientist or business intelligence professional (plus 35 invitees who were attendees at the EMC Data Scientist Summity and/or Kaggle competitors). There's a nice summary of the conclusions at the EMC blog, (where data scientists are described as "The New...

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List of public databases from the Washington Post

December 14, 2011
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The Washington Post has put together an excellent list of publicly-accessible databases, ideal for analysis using the R language. You'll find databases from the domains of Census and Demographics (for example, the American Community Survey), Crime and Courts (like this list of federal prosecutions), Transportation and Development (e.g. older driver crash statistics); Health and Safety; Real Estate and Business;...

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