In case you missed them, here are some articles from December of particular interest to R users.
Power BI now has a gallery of custom visualizations built with R.
Chicago's Department of Public Health uses R to prioritize health inspections at restaurants.
A beautiful map of Switzerland municipalities combined with a relief map of the mountains, created with R.
Using the Azure Interface Tool to parallelize the problem of optimizing an R model across the hyperparameter space.
Animating Voronoi tesselations in R to create a greeting card.
The new AzureSMR package lets you manage Azure virtual machines, clusters and storage from R.
Interactive decision trees in Microsoft R Server.
The ompr package provides numerical optimization with mixed integer programming.
Predicting flu deaths in China with R.
Using the circlize package and Microsoft R Server's Spark interface to visualize millions of taxi trips.
The State of Indiana uses R to forecast employment.
"One Page R" is a free, multi-chapter tutorial on data science topics using R.
The Deputy Chief Economist at Freddie Mac used R to animate the different rates of housing price increases around the
I gave a talk about the value of ecosystems to open source projects, using R as an example.
A summary of some recent projects funded by the R Consortium.
Microsoft R Server 9.0, featuring R 3.3.2 and support for Spark 2.0, is now available.
The dplyrXdf package has been updated with new features for managing XDF data sets in Microsoft R.
A stylometric analysis of the speeches of the Prime Minister of Pakistan.
Using R and the d3heatmap package to visualize the emotional journey of characters in "War and Peace".
General interest stories (not related to R) in the past month included: the horrors of 2016, a Machinima Christmas carol, freezing bubbles, a dark comic strip, and a virtual flight along the US-Mexico border.
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