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AzureStor: an R package for working with Azure storage

December 18, 2018
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by Hong Ooi, senior data scientist, Microsoft Azure A few weeks ago, I introduced the AzureR family of packages for working with Azure in R. Since then, I’ve also written articles on how to use AzureRMR to interact with Azure Resource Manager, how to use AzureVM to manage virtual machines, and how to use AzureContainers to deploy R functions...

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How to deploy a predictive service to Kubernetes with R and the AzureContainers package

December 12, 2018
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It's easy to create a function in R, but what if you want to call that function from a different application, with the scale to support a large number of simultaneous requests? This article shows how you can deploy an R fitted model as a Plumber web service in Kubernetes, using Azure Container Registry (ACR) and Azure Kubernetes Service...

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AzureVM: managing virtual machines in Azure

December 3, 2018
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This is the next article in my series on AzureR, a family of packages for working with Azure in R. I’ll give a short introduction on how to use AzureVM to manage Azure virtual machines, and in particular Data Science Virtual Machines (DSVMs). Creating a VM Creating a VM is as simple as using the create_vm method, which is...

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AzureRMR: an R interface to Azure Resource Manager

November 26, 2018
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AzureRMR: an R interface to Azure Resource Manager

In a previous article I announced AzureR, a new family of packages for working with Azure from R. This article goes into more detail on how you can use AzureRMR, the base package of the AzureR family, to manage resources with Azure Resource Manager. Before you begin The first thing you have to do is create a service principal....

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AzureR: R packages to control Azure services

November 8, 2018
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by Hong Ooi, senior data scientist, Microsoft Azure This post is to announce a new family of packages we have developed as part of the CloudyR project for talking to Azure from R: AzureR. As background, some of you may remember the AzureSMR package, which was written a few years back as an R interface to Azure. AzureSMR was...

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Announcing dplyrXdf 1.0

October 9, 2017
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I’m delighted to announce the release of version 1.0.0 of the dplyrXdf package. dplyrXdf began as a simple (relatively speaking) backend to dplyr for Microsoft Machine Learning Server/Microsoft R Server’s Xdf file format, but has now become a broader suite of tools to ease working with Xdf files. This update to dplyrXdf brings the following new features: Support for...

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dplyrXdf 0.10.0 beta prerelease

August 10, 2017
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I’m happy to announce that version 0.10.0 beta of the dplyrXdf package is now available. You can get it from Github: install_github("RevolutionAnalytics/dplyrXdf", build_vignettes=FALSE) This is a major update to dplyrXdf that adds the following features: Support for the tidyeval framework that powers the latest version of dplyr Works with Spark and Hadoop clusters and files in HDFS Several utility...

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dplyrXdf 0.90 now available

December 6, 2016
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by Hong Ooi, Sr. Data Scientist, Microsoft Version 0.90 of the dplyrXdf package has just been released. dplyrXdf is a package that brings dplyr pipelines and data transformation verbs to Microsoft R Server’s xdf files. This version includes several changes, mostly to address performance and efficiency concerns, which I’ll detail these below. The .outFile argument All dplyrXdf verbs now...

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glmnetUtils: quality of life enhancements for elastic net regression with glmnet

November 1, 2016
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The glmnetUtils package provides a collection of tools to streamline the process of fitting elastic net models with glmnet. I wrote the package after a couple of projects where I found myself writing the same boilerplate code to convert a data frame into a predictor matrix and a response vector. In addition to providing a formula interface, it also...

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Updated dplyrXdf package brings data munging with pipes to Xdf files

March 16, 2016
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by Hong Ooi, Sr. Data Scientist, Microsoft I’m pleased to announce the release of version 0.62 of the dplyrXdf package, a backend to dplyr that allows the use of pipeline syntax with Microsoft R Server’s Xdf files. This update adds a new verb (persist), fills some holes in support for dplyr verbs, and fixes various bugs. The persist verb...

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