In case you missed it: February 2015 roundup

March 11, 2015
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(This article was first published on Revolutions, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

In case you missed them, here are some articles from February of particular interest to R users.

The John M. Chambers Statistical Software Award announcement for 2015.

The new R package "distcomp" allows researchers to collaborate on data spread across multiple sites.

David Smith's interview with theCUBE on R, data science, and Microsoft's acquisition of Revolution Analytics.

R is used to measure impact of climate change, and other Strata keynote presentations. 

Some tricks for monitoring the progress on parallel R jobs using foreach. 

"Analytics Marketplaces" are all the rage today, but CRAN was there first

A preview of some of the major R-related conferences and events of 2015

The checkpoint package has been updated to make it even easier to run R scripts with fixed R package versions.

A tutorial to introduce R to users of Microsoft Excel.

R used to assess the "virality" of posts on new-media sites like Buzzfeed.

A review of the HP Workshop on Distributed Computing in R featuring Luke Tierney, Dirk Eddelbuettel, Martin Morgan, Simon Urbanek and other R luminaries.

R is a top-ranked language on GitHub, according to statistics like number of repositories, code pushes and number of forks. 

You can use the rcrunchbase package to access data on startup companies. 

The R package "syuzhet" applies sentiment analysis to novels to infer their dramatic arc.

The new "quickcheck" package provides assertion-based testing with random inputs for R.

A theorem for calculating an upper bound for the generalization error of a machine learning classifier.

Some practical advice for sharing Shiny applications with shinyapps.io.

A visualization of Paris's street orientations reveals the history of the city.

General interest stories (not related to R) in the past month included: how our brains trick us into seeing the wrong colors, an hilarious parody of cooking shows, a new ASA website to help journalists with Statistics, the statistical model behind the rules of cricket, and why rivers meander.

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