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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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Introducing Microsoft R Open: Replay and slides

February 5, 2016
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We had a fantastic turnout to last week's webinar, Introduction to Microsoft R Open. If you missed it, you can watch the replay below. In the talk, I gives some background on the R language and its applications, describe the performance and reproducibility benefits of Microsoft R Open, and give a demonstration of the basics of the R language...

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Mapping the world’s longest plane fights

February 3, 2016
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Mapping the world’s longest plane fights

If you're one of those people that dreads long plane flights, this map by Matt Strimas-Mackey will help you find routes to avoid. It shows Wikipedia's list of the top 30 scheduled commercial flights by distance (with code-share duplicates removed), represented as a map showing the routes colour-coded by the time spent in the air. Don't be distracted by...

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Video: Applied Predictive Modeling with R

February 1, 2016
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Video: Applied Predictive Modeling with R

There's more to Iowa than just today's presidential primary. Last month, the Central Iowa R User Group hosted Dr. Max Kuhn, Director of Non-Clinical Statistics at Pfizer Global R&D, via video-chat to present on Applied Predictive Modeling with R. Max is the co-author of the excellent book Applied Predictive Modeling (read our review here), and in the presentation he...

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New Yorkers, municipal bikes, and the weather

January 29, 2016
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New Yorkers, municipal bikes, and the weather

Like many modern cities, New York offers a public pick-up/drop-off bicycle service (called Citi Bikes). Subscribing City Bike members can grab a bike from almost 500 stations scattered around the city, hop on and ride to their destination, and drop the bike at a nearby station. (Visitors to the city can also purchase day passes.) The City Bike program...

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In-depth analysis of Twitter activity and sentiment, with R

January 27, 2016
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In-depth analysis of Twitter activity and sentiment, with R

Astronomer and budding data scientist Julia Silge has been using R for less than a year, but based on the posts using R on her blog has already become very proficient at using R to analyze some interesting data sets. She has posted detailed analyses of water consumption data and health care indicators from the Utah Open Data Catalog,...

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American Community Survey analyzed with R

January 25, 2016
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American Community Survey analyzed with R

The American Community Survey, conducted by the US Census Bureau, collects data from around 3.5 million households each year in order to estimate various demographic statistics of the US population, including appliances installed in the home, languages spoken, work experience and much more (here's the complete data dictionary). The data science competition platform Kaggle recently introduced a library of...

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Upcoming Microsoft R Webinars

January 21, 2016
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A quick heads-up that I'll be presenting a live webinar on Thursday January 28, Introduction to Microsoft R Open. If you know anyone that should get to know R and/or Microsoft R Open, send 'em along. Here's the abstract: Data Science is a strategic initiative for most companies today, who seek to understand the wealth of data now available...

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