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

A simulation in R finds the value (or disadvantage) or drawing an X, J, Q or Z in Scrabble.

How to display high-quality graphics on the web using SVG output from R.

A review of Paul Murrell's talk about raster image support in R.

You can find other R users on LinkedIn at the R Skills page.

We give thanks to the contributors to the R Project.

Airline analyst Jeffrey Breen uses data from Twitter and sentiment analysis in R to find which airlines receive the most complaints.

Marketing automation company Marketo uses Revolution R Enterprise.

A summary of the new features in R 2.13.1.

An article in the New York Times about the importance of reproducible research featured R code.

Patrick Burns simulates the S&P 500 in R to assess the validity of a surprising forecast.

News from Revolution Analytics in the July newsletter.

R's GoogleVis package is used to create motion charts used on the Lloyds Insurance website.

Kevin Goulding offers 10 reasons why graduate students should learn R.

A video demonstration of doing a logistic regression on big data — 1.2 billion rows of data in 75 seconds — with the RevoScaleR package.

GigaOm publishes an article on 5 real-world uses of big data, all based on R.

The demand for jobs involving R skills, big data, and data science is on the rise. (This post was also mentioned in the New York Times.)

Kickstarter uses R to visualize its successes in crowd sourcing funding for music, design, art, game and many other kinds of projects.

We congratulate Uwe Ligges on joining the R Core Group.

A couple of fun applications of R: reading XKCD comics, and creating an animated elephant from complex numbers.

IBM Netezza sings the praises of R.

We profile Jeff Ryan, creator of the xts and quantmod packages.

The program for useR! 2011 at the University of Warwick includes five talks from the Revolution Analytics team.

InformationWeek looks at Revolution R as a low-cost alternative to SAS.

Steve Miller looks at applications of R for financial engineering.

Other non-R-related stories included: 3-D printers, the nostalgic online game Telehack, a grand-scale optical illusion, and optimizing Mario speed-runs.

There is a new R user group in Buenos Aires. Meeting times for these groups can be found on the updated R Community Calendar.

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