Reflections on EARL London 2016

September 16, 2016

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

The Mango Solutions team have done it again: another excellent Effective Applications of R (EARL) conference just wrapped up here in London. The conference was attended by almost 400 R users from companies all around the world, and was a really fun experience. I was honored to deliver a keynote presentation, alonside keynotes from Joe Cheng and Garrett Grolemund (RStudio), Lou Bajuk (Tibco), Gabor Csardi (R Consortium's R Hub project) and a thought-provoking presentation on machine learning and AI from the Economist's Kenneth Cukier. There was also a fantastic social program, including a dinner inside the 1000-year-old White Tower at the Tower of London. (Many thanks to Microsoft for sponsoring this memorable evening!)

EARL London

Photo Credit: Andy

As always though, the focus of the EARL conference is on applications of the R language, and this week's event showcased many real-world uses of R in major companies. Some application highlights include:

… and that's just a selection from the talks that I got to see! With three parallel tracks, there were many great talks that I missed, but you can check out the abstracts (with links to slides to come) at the EARL website.

The next EARL Conference will be held in Boston, November 7-9. The call for presentations is still open, so if you have an interesting story to tell about how R is used at your organization, why not come along?

EARL London 2016: Speakers

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