In case you missed it: November 2013 Roundup

December 10, 2013

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

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

A recap of the Strata Hadoop World conference, including presentations from Monsanto and eHarmony on their use of R.

How to rank and chart the most frequent hashtags of Twitter users with R.

A replay of the What’s new in Revolution R Enterprise 7 webinar. 

Using Plotly’s new interface with R, plus reports from R user groups.

An analysis of World Series Baseball strikeout rates using R.

CRAN surpasses the milestone of 5,000 R packages, thanks to the volunteers who maintain the system.

A detailed guide to memory usage in R, from Hadley Wickham.

Running R inside Teradata Database with Revolution R Enterprise (webinar replay). 

The Human Rights Data Analysis Group uses R to estimate the number of casualties in Syria.

Data Scientists coming from computer science backgrounds can learn from the small-data techniques of Statistics — even with Big Data. 

A tutorial on using iterators in R

A Princeton University guide translates common Stata commands into R code.

Joseph Rickert surveys the available packages for Bayesian analysis with R

In an interview with DataInformed, I discussed the rise of R as the lingua franca of data science, and how the Big Data revolution has led companies to adopt statistical decision making. 

DataMind’s is an online scratchpad GUI for R programmers.

The new RFacebook package makes it possible to download and analyze your Facebook social network.

R connections to startups Domino, Plotly and Quandl.

A Thanksgiving greeting from Revolution Analytics (with an assist from the cowsay package).

Some non-R stories in the past month included: Virgin’s safety dance, a mouse perseveressonification of sorting algorithms, a marked rise in data scientist job postings, real-life Mario and comet ISON rounds the sun.

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