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Create and deploy a Custom Vision predictive service in R with AzureVision

May 13, 2020
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The AzureVision package is an R frontend to Azure Computer Vision and Azure Custom Vision. These services let you leverage Microsoft’s Azure cloud to carry out visual recognition tasks using advanced image processing models, with minimal machine learning expertise. The basic idea behind Custom Vision is to take a pre-built image recognition model supplied by Azure, and customise it...

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AzureQstor: R interface to Azure Queue Storage now on GitHub

May 5, 2020
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This post is to announce that the AzureQstor package is now on GitHub. AzureQstor provides an R interface to Azure queue storage, building on the facilities provided by AzureStor. Queue Storage is a service for storing large numbers of messages, for example from automated sensors, that can be accessed remotely via authenticated calls using HTTP or HTTPS. A single...

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foreach 1.5.0 now available on CRAN

March 31, 2020
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This post is to announce that version 1.5.0 of the foreach package is now on CRAN. Foreach is an idiom that allows for iterating over elements in a collection, without the use of an explicit loop counter. The foreach package is now more than 10 years old, and is used by nearly 700 packages across CRAN and Bioconductor. (If...

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Changes in the foreach package

February 11, 2020
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by Hong Ooi, Senior Data Scientist at Microsoft and maintainer of the foreach package This post is to announce some new and upcoming changes in the foreach package. First, foreach can now be found on GitHub! The repository is at https://github.com/RevolutionAnalytics/foreach, replacing its old home on R-Forge. Right now the repo hosts both the foreach and iterators packages, but...

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AzureR updates: AzureStor, AzureVM, AzureGraph, AzureContainers

November 12, 2019
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Some major updates to AzureR packages this week! As well as last week's AzureRMR update, there are changes to AzureStor, AzureVM, AzureGraph and AzureContainers. All of these are live on CRAN. AzureStor 3.0.0 There are substantial enhancements to multiple-file transfers (up and down). You can supply a vector of pathnames to storage_upload/download as the source and destination arguments. Alternatively...

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AzureR updates: AzureStor, AzureVM, AzureGraph, AzureContainers

November 12, 2019
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Some major updates to AzureR packages this week! As well as last week's AzureRMR update, there are changes to AzureStor, AzureVM, AzureGraph and AzureContainers. All of these are live on CRAN. AzureStor 3.0.0 There are substantial enhancements to multiple-file transfers (up and down). You can supply a vector of pathnames to storage_upload/download as the source and destination arguments. Alternatively...

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AzureRMR 2.3.0 now on CRAN

November 1, 2019
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This post is to announce that the latest update to AzureRMR is now available on CRAN. Version 2.3.0 brings several changes to make life easier when managing resources in Azure. New in this version is a facility for parallelising connections to Azure, using a pool of background processes. Some operations, such as downloading many small files or interacting with...

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Obtaining tokens with AzureAuth inside a Shiny app

September 17, 2019
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by Hong Ooi, senior data scientist, Microsoft Azure As of version 1.2.0 (released to CRAN late last month), it’s possible to use the AzureAuth package to login interactively to Azure from within a Shiny webapp. Because a Shiny app has separate UI and server components, some changes had to be made to the interactive authentication flows. In particular, the...

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Obtaining tokens with AzureAuth inside a Shiny app

September 17, 2019
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by Hong Ooi, senior data scientist, Microsoft Azure As of version 1.2.0 (released to CRAN late last month), it’s possible to use the AzureAuth package to login interactively to Azure from within a Shiny webapp. Because a Shiny app has separate UI and server components, some changes had to be made to the interactive authentication flows. In particular, the...

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AzureVM update: flexible and powerful deployment and management of VMs in Azure

June 19, 2019
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by Hong Ooi, senior data scientist, Microsoft Azure I'm happy to announce version 2.0 of AzureVM, a package for deploying and managing virtual machines in Azure. This is a complete rewrite of the package, with the objective of making it a truly generic and flexible tool for working with VMs and VM scale sets (clusters). AzureVM 1.0 was a...

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