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Revolution Newsletter: August 2011

August 12, 2011
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The most recent edition of the Revolution Newsletter is out. The news section is below, and you read the full August edition (with highlights from this blog and community events) online. You can subscribe to the Revolution Newsletter to get it monthly via email. Free 30-minute introduction to Revolution R Enterprise. On Wednesday August 24, author and blogger David...

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FastCompany on telling stories with data

August 11, 2011
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An article in FastCompany today profiles two websites that excel in telling engaging stories with data: the FlowingData and OkTrends blogs. Both sites often use R for data analysis and data visualization, and have been featured here on this blog. FlowingData regularly posts guides on how to use R to recreate many of its featured visualizations with bubble charts,...

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In case you missed it: July Roundup

August 10, 2011
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In case you missed them, here are some articles from July of particular interest to R users. A simulation in R finds the value (or disadvantage) or drawing an X, J, Q or Z in Scrabble. How to display high-quality graphics on the web using SVG output from R. A review of Paul Murrell's talk about raster image support...

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A 60-second survey for R users

August 10, 2011
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I'm doing a little research to validate estimates of the size of the R user community. If you're an R user, please take a minute to complete this three-question survey on R usage at your organization. Thanks in advance. Revolution Analytics: R user base survey

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What do you want to see at useR 2012?

August 9, 2011
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This year's useR! conference at Warwick University is less than a week away, but planning is already underway for useR! 2012, to be held at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. If you're planning to attend, conference organizer Frank Harrell is looking for your input: The 2012 R User Conference - useR! 2012 - will be held in Nashville Tennessee USA,...

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What makes a hockey Hall-of-Famer?

August 9, 2011
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What makes a hockey Hall-of-Famer?

At the JSM conference last week, I stopped by a great poster by Steve Salaga and Brian Mills, graduate students at University of Michigan's Department of Sport Management. The guys were clearly hockey fans, and had channelled their enthusiasm for a sport into an interesting statistical analysis of game and player data from the NHL. One analysis, based on...

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How ANZ uses R for credit risk analysis

August 8, 2011
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How ANZ uses R for credit risk analysis

At last month's R user group meeting in Melbourne, the theme was "Experiences with using SAS and R in insurance and banking". There, Hong Ooi from ANZ (Australia and New Zealand Banking Group) gave a presentation on "Experiences with using R in credit risk". I didn't get to see the presentation myself, but the slides tell a great story...

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Upcoming R training classes, live from the experts

August 5, 2011
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Revolution Analytics is hosting several hands-on R training classes over the next few months, with in-person instruction from two leading package authors and experts from the R community. Diethelm Würtz from ETH Zurich will give a two-day master class on Portfolio Selection and Optimization in Practice. Prof Würtz leads the Rmetrics project, and will provide in-depth instruction on using...

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Statisticians at JSM consider themselves "Data Scientists"

August 4, 2011
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Statisticians at JSM consider themselves "Data Scientists"

At the JSM 2011 conference in Miami earlier this week, we conducted an informal poll of attendees on their attitudes to respect to Big Data, statistical software, and data science. JSM is the largest gathering of statisticians in North America, and attendees were invited to complete a survey after logging into the Wi-Fi network. Of the 190 respondents to...

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How Google uses R to make online advertising more effective

August 3, 2011
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At JSM 2011 today, three Google employees (amongst the more than 20 Google delegates there) gave a little insight into how statistical analysis with R yields better results for companies using Google's various advertising products. Bill Heavlin from Google kicked off the session with a talk about conditional regression models, a statistical technique at Google used to evaluate the...

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