A sociologist converts from Stata to R

May 7, 2012 | David Smith

Ph.D candidate in sociology Ethan Fosse just switched from Stata to doing 100% of his analysis with R. His reasons? If you want to do Bayesian analysis or graph modeled coefficients (or work with complex data structures more generally), then R is much easier than Stata due to the object-oriented ... [Read more...]

Big Data statistics in the search for a cure for MS

April 26, 2012 | David Smith

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a debilitating and complex disease with an unknown cause — and for which there is currently no cure. The SUNY Buffalo is home to one of the leading multiple sclerosis (MS) research centers in the world, and as reported in Healthcare IT News, the research team is ... [Read more...]

R’s continued growth in academia

April 13, 2012 | David Smith

Bob Muenchen has recently updated his report on the popularity of statistical software. With the updated analysis, we see that the R community remains as strong as ever: the number of contributed R packages continues its exponential growth rate, R maintains its dominance in online discussion, and has 20x the ... [Read more...]

Students: Help improve R with the Google Summer of Code

March 27, 2012 | David Smith

The Google Summer of Code project provides funding for students to write and contribute code to open-source projects of interest to Google. And given that R is widely used at Google, it's certainly a project of significant interest. So for the fifth year running the R Project will mentor students ... [Read more...]

Video: Using R in Academic Finance

March 13, 2012 | David Smith

The slides and replay for Dr Sanjiv Das's webinar, Using R for Analyzing Loans, Portfolios and Risk: From Academic Theory to Financial Practice are now available. I've embedded the slides below: they tell a great story of how Das, after being mistaken for the then-CEO of Citibank (with whom he ... [Read more...]

10 reasons why a grad student should use R

July 15, 2011 | David Smith

Kevin Goulding is working on a Master’s degree in Applied Economics at Montana State University, and offers 10 reasons why grad students should choose R for statistical analyses, homework problems, and thesis research: R is free, and lets grad students escape the burdens of commercial license costs. R has really ... [Read more...]

Student travel grants for useR! 2011

February 17, 2011 | David Smith

For students planning to attend the annual worldwide R user conference, useR! 2011, travel grants are available to help defray the cost of attending the conference in the UK. CRISM is offering bursaries for accommodation and conference fees, and Revolu... [Read more...]

Where should you publish that next paper?

February 11, 2011 | David Smith

Like many academics, Arthur Charpentier thinks a lot about publishing papers in journals. Specifically, we wondered if there was a way to figure out which journal was the best place to publish his next paper and have it accepted: I was wondering if there were clusters of journals, i.e. ... [Read more...]

Academic Jargon: Field-Specific Insults

December 12, 2010 | John Myles White

Every academic field seems to develop a set of generic insults based on their intellectual toolkit. Here are two examples I hear often: Probabilists and Statisticians: “I think that’s an interesting case, but it’s in a set with measure zero.” Economists: “X group’s behavior is clearly rent-seeking.” ... [Read more...]

Google Summer of Code advances R

September 28, 2010 | David Smith

For the third year running, the Google Summer of Code program has sponsored a number of students working with R, and has again resulted in several new contributions expanding R in various fields. Dirk Eddelbuettel, who coordinated the R-related projects for GSoC in 2010, summarized the results, with details about the ... [Read more...]

Revolution R Enterprise 4.0 free download for academics

September 7, 2010 | David Smith

The Windows version of our latest enterprise distribution of R, Revolution R Enterprise 4.0, is now being delivered to subscribers and is also available for free download for members of the academic community. Revolution R Enterprise 4.0 is a major update, and includes many new and improved features: Based on R 2.11.1, the ... [Read more...]

R be dragons

August 18, 2010 | Timothée

Hic sunt dracones used to be placed on maps, as a way to denote a dangerous or otherwise unexplored territory. We might as well write it all over R-related material used in introductory classes, because students seems to be really (…)Read the rest of this entry » [Read more...]

A free book on probability and statistics with R

July 29, 2010 | David Smith

G Jay Kerns has published a 400+ page introductory text on Probability and Statistics. All of the examples and illustrations are done using R (as Jay puts it, "The people at the party are Probability and Statistics; the handshake is R") so if you want to brush up on your probability ... [Read more...]

MMDS 2010

June 21, 2010 | Joseph Rickert

The 2010 Workshop on Algorithms for Modern Massive Data Sets (MMDS 2010) finished up this past Friday (June 18th) at Stanford. This was an exceptionally well organized conference: four days of mind-stretching talks on algorithm development and the challenges of working with massive data sets approached from almost every conceivable angle. The ... [Read more...]
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