In case you missed it: March 2014 roundup

April 7, 2014
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In case you missed them, here are some articles from March of particular interest to R users:  

Francis Smart offers five excellent reasons to use R, and notes that R is the top Google Search for statistical software. 

Revolution Analytics is offering R training for SAS users in Singapore and online.

The number of R user groups worldwide continues to grow, and there have already been over 135 meetings in 2014.

Color palettes for R charts based on the production design of Wes Anderson movies. 

A history of ensemble methods, by Mike Bowles.

An eBook on Big Data and Data Science by the publishers of the Big Data Journal.

An in-depth tutorial by Gaston Sanchez on handling character data with R

Joseph Rickert suggests several large, open data sets you can analyze with R.

Rodrigo Zamith updates his web-based application to compare NCAA basketball team performance.

Many R projects are under consideration for the 2014 Google Summer of Code.

Bob Muenchen shares his secrets of teaching with R.

The Atlanta Big Data Analytics Team Challenge sponsored R users to help CARE International.

The Human Rights Data Analysis Group uses R and ensemble models to quantify the impact of the war in Syria.

An index of contributed R documentation, assembled into an R "meta" book.

The deadline for submitting tutorials to the useR! 2014 conference in LA has been extended to April 10.

Derek Norton describes how to do ridge regression in Revolution R Enterprise

In an op-ed at RSS StatsLife, I review the role of statisticians in data privacy.

A brief summary of the improvements in R 3.0.3.

Hidden Markov models in R, with application to detecting regime-switching events in financial markets.

Why automating data science is dangerous without human supervision and statistical expertise. 

A history of Emacs and ESS-mode for R, by Rodney Sparapani.

Some news articles about R and Revolution Analytics in Wired, ComputerWorld, Inside BigData and Datanami. 

Some non-R stories in the past month included: a real photo that looks like Sim City, a video of Europe’s constantly-changing borders, the new FiveThirtyEight data journalism site, bad-mannered cats, and a surprising demonstration of change blindness.

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