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R Development Master Class with Hadley Wickham

November 14, 2011
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Hadley Wickham, R guru and author of several popular R packages (ggplot2 and plyr, to name just two), will present his 2-day R Development Master Class in New York City, December 12-13. This two-day course offers expert instruction in R programming and package development, and is ideal for anyone looking to hone their R development skills with expert instruction....

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A chart for marathoners

November 11, 2011
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A chart for marathoners

Here's a cool application of calendar heat maps: runner Andy used R to catalogue his daily running mileage over the last 2+ years: There are lots of ways to chart data like this (a simple time-series chart, for example), but sometimes looking at data in new ways offers fresh perspectives. For example, Andy notes: "Apparently I missed running on...

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The Marriage of Hadoop and R: Revolution Analytics at Hadoop World

November 11, 2011
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The Marriage of Hadoop and R: Revolution Analytics at Hadoop World

Revolution Analytics CTO David Champagne visited Hadoop World 2011 this week, and delivered a presentation on "The Powerful Marriage of R and Hadoop" to a standing-room-only crowd of R and Hadoop enthusiasts. I've included David's slides below: The talk also generated praise on Twitter, for example: David was also interviewed by The Cube during the conference. In the video...

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In case you missed it: October Roundup

November 10, 2011
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In case you missed them, here are some articles from October of particular interest to R users. The creator of the ggplot2 package, Hadley Wickham, shares details on some forthcoming big-data graphics functions (based on research sponsored by Revolution Analytics). A list of several dozen free data sources that can easily be imported into R. Bob Muenchen gave a...

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Suggest some R tasks for high-schoolers

November 9, 2011
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Many high-schoolers are now using R in class, and to help even more students get exposure to R (while improving R itself), Virgilio Gómez-Rubio is seeking suggestions for projects for the next Google Code-In: An application has been put forward for R to participate in Google Code-in. This is a Google's contest to introduce pre-university students (age 13-18) to...

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Three free books on R for Statistics

November 8, 2011
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Avril Coghlan, a lecturer at University College Cork in Ireland, has written and made available for free three books ideal for students or practitioners new to R who want to use it for multivariate analysis, time series analysis or biomedical statistics. Each book begins with practical advice for installing and using R in general, before diving into their specialized...

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Webinar Nov 17: What’s new in Revolution R Enterprise 5.0

November 7, 2011
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Revolution R Enterprise 5.0 will be released soon, and Sue Ranney, VP of Development at Revolution Analytics, will host a webinar on Thursday November 17 to get you up to speed on the latest features: Revolution R Enterprise 5.0 is Revolution Analytics’ scalable analytics platform. At its core is Revolution Analytics’ enhanced Distribution of R, the world’s most widely-used...

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Rdatamarket Tutorial

November 4, 2011
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The good folks at DataMarket have posted a new tutorial on using the rdatamarket package (covered here in August) to easily download public data sets into R for analysis. The tutorial describes how to install the rdatamarket package, how to extract metadata for data sets, and how to download the data themselves into R. The tutorial also illustrates a...

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Webinar on Portfolio Rebalancing with R and Sybase

November 3, 2011
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R users in the financial industry may be interested in the following webinar hosted by Revolution Analytics' partner Sybase on November 10: Portfolio Rebalancing Using R and Sybase RAP for Intraday Risk Management With volatility and violent intraday swings becoming the new normal, intraday risk controls are now needed to not only reduce your exposures across multiple asset classes,...

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"Applications of R" contest submissions online

November 2, 2011
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Thanks to everyone for participating in the "Applications of R in Business" contest. R users submitted more than 25 entries, describing how R is used in industries including life sciences, finance, manufacturing, sentiment analysis, and even sports. Some entries are just outlines for now (competitors have until November 30 to finalize their entries), but already there are some quite...

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