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How to give money to the R project

December 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

by Mark Niemann-Ross, an author, educator, and writer who teaches about R and Raspberry Pi at LinkedIn Learning I spend a LOT of time at, in particular the sections for documentation and CRAN. But I hadn’t spent much time in the other areas: R Project, R Foundation, ... [Read more...]

Compare outlier detection methods with the OutliersO3 package

March 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

by Antony Unwin, University of Augsburg, Germany There are many different methods for identifying outliers and a lot of them are available in R. But are outliers a matter of opinion? Do all methods give the same results? Articles on outlier methods use a mixture of theory and practice. Theory ... [Read more...]

DataExplorer: Fast Data Exploration With Minimum Code

February 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

by Boxuan Cui, Data Scientist at Smarter Travel Once upon a time, there was a joke: In Data Science, 80% of time spent prepare data, 20% of time spent complain about need for prepare data. — Big Data Borat (@BigDataBorat) February 27, 2013 According to a Forbes article, cleaning and organizing data is the most ... [Read more...]

An introduction to seplyr

December 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

by John Mount, Win-Vector LLC [`seplyr`]( is an [`R`]( package that supplies improved standard evaluation interfaces for many common data wrangling tasks. The core of `seplyr` is a re-skinning of [`dplyr`]('s functionality to `seplyr` ... [Read more...]

How to make Python easier for the R user: revoscalepy

November 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Siddarth Ramesh, Data Scientist, Microsoft I’m an R programmer. To me, R has been great for data exploration, transformation, statistical modeling, and visualizations. However, there is a huge community of Data Scientists and Analysts who turn to Python for these tasks. Moreover, both R and Python experts exist ... [Read more...]

Recap: EARL Boston 2017

November 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

By Emmanuel Awa, Francesca Lazzeri and Jaya Mathew, data scientists at Microsoft A few of us got to attend EARL conference in Boston last week which brought together a group of talented users of R from academia and industry. The conference highlighted various Enterprise Applications of R. Despite being a ... [Read more...]

Calculating a fuzzy kmeans membership matrix with R and Rcpp

August 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Błażej Moska, computer science student and data science intern Suppose that we have performed clustering K-means clustering in R and are satisfied with our results, but later we realize that it would also be useful to have a membership matrix. Of course it would be easier to ... [Read more...]

Tutorial: Deep Learning with R on Azure with Keras and CNTK

August 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Le Zhang (Data Scientist, Microsoft) and Graham Williams (Director of Data Science, Microsoft) Microsoft's Cognitive Toolkit (better known as CNTK) is a commercial-grade and open-source framework for deep learning tasks. At present CNTK does not have a native R interface but can be accessed through Keras, a high-level API ... [Read more...]

Data Science Accelerator for Credit Risk Prediction

July 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Fang Zhou, Data Scientist; Graham Williams, Director of Data Science, all at Microsoft Credit Risk Scoring is a classic but increasingly important operation in banking as banks are becoming far more risk careful when lending for mortgages, credit card payments or other commercial purposes, in an industry known for ... [Read more...]

XGBoost support added to Rattle

July 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Fang Zhou, Data Scientist; and Graham Williams, Director of Data Science, all at Microsoft Rattle — the R Analytical Tool To Learn Easily — is a popular open-source GUI for data mining using R. It presents statistical and visual summaries of data, transforms data that can be readily modelled, builds both ... [Read more...]

R is for Archaeology: A report on the 2017 Society of American Archaeology meeting

April 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

by [Ben Marwick](, Associate Professor of Archaeology, University of Washington and Senior Research Scientist, University of Wollongong The [Society of American Archaeology (SAA)]( is one of the largest professional organisations for archaeologists in the world, and just concluded its annual meeting in ... [Read more...]

Running your R code on Azure with mrsdeploy

March 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

by John-Mark Agosta, data scientist manager at Microsoft Let’s say you’ve built a model in R that is larger than you can conveniently run locally, and you want to take advantage of Azure’s resources simply to run it on a larger machine. This blog explains how to ... [Read more...]

AUC Meets the Wilcoxon-Mann-Whitney U-Statistic

March 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Bob Horton, Senior Data Scientist, Microsoft The area under an ROC curve (AUC) is commonly used in machine learning to summarize the performance of a predictive model with a single value. But you might be surprised to learn that the AUC is directly connected to the Mann-Whitney U-Statistic, which ... [Read more...]
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