Hold on to your hats: it’s World Statistics Day!

October 20, 2010 | David Smith

Apparently today is the first ever World Statistics Day. I only knew about it because I'd seen a couple of passing references to it from the stats folks I follow on Twitter. But I guess this UN-sponsored event is a big deal, judging from the official website: The celebration of ... [Read more...]

Saptarshi Guha on Hadoop, R

September 20, 2010 | David Smith

Saptarshi Guha (author of the Rhipe package) joins the likes of Ebay, Yahoo, Twitter and Facebook and as one of just 37 presenters at the Hadoop World conference. (Revolution Analytics is proud to sponsor Saptarshi's presence at this event, which take place in New York on October 12.) He'll be talking about ... [Read more...]

What can other languages learn from R?

September 9, 2010 | David Smith

At the ASA Statistical Computing Award ceremony in Vancouver last month, R's co-creator Ross Ihaka said that R began as a "system that was functional and well-designed, and made it easy and fun for other people to help". R's other co-creator, Robert Gentleman, also described the ability of others to ... [Read more...]

Webinar September 22: Deploying R

September 8, 2010 | David Smith

In 2 weeks, on Wednesday September 22, I'll be hosting a webinar in conjunction with Andrew Lampitt at Jaspersoft. This new webinar is all about how to Deploy R: in other words, how to use the new server-based capabilities of Revolution R Enterprise 4 for Linux to embed the results of R scripts ... [Read more...]

Slides and replay for “Big Data with Revolution R”

August 25, 2010 | David Smith

Thanks to everyone who attended our webinar this morning, Big Data Analysis for R Using Revolution R Enterprise, and in particular thanks for all the thoughtful questions during the Q&A session. If you missed the live broadcast, a replay is now available (requires the ability to view WMV files), ... [Read more...]

Webinar: Big Data Analysis with Revolution R

August 24, 2010 | David Smith

Don't forget that I'll be hosting a webinar tomorrow talking about the new RevoScaleR package included with the forthcoming Revolution R Enterprise 4.0. The webinar will also feature a live demonstration from Joseph Rickert. The full details are below, and you can register for the webinar here. Big Data Analysis for ... [Read more...]

Presentations and video from useR! 2010 available

August 13, 2010 | David Smith

For anyone who missed the useR! 2010 conference in Gaithersburg last month (or just wants to revisit some of the amazing talks), you can now find slides from many of the contributed presentations available for download. (Look for the [S] link to download slides.) The presentations from the Revolution team members ... [Read more...]

R has the best models

August 9, 2010 | David Smith

We had a great time at the JSM conference, and I really enjoyed meeting with all the useRs at the Revolution mixer on Wednesday evening (where this photo was taken). Hope everyone had a great time -- thanks for coming! [Read more...]

Revolution at JSM

August 1, 2010 | David Smith

If you're in Vancouver for the Joint Statistics Meetings, come by and meet the Revolution team. (Revolution is a Silver Sponsor of JSM.) We're at Booth 527 of the Exhibition Hall (near the poster displays) showing the new and upcoming features of Revolution R, and we've got lots of R-related goodies ... [Read more...]

Snapshots from useR! 2010

July 26, 2010 | David Smith

I've still got more to write from days 2 and 3 of useR! 2010, but in the meantime here are a few snapshots from my camera roll. (Click on the images for larger versions.) Jeroen Ooms (left) chats with other useRs in the main hallway at NIST. Karim Chine demonstrates his Electric-R portal ... [Read more...]

New R User Group in Melbourne

July 26, 2010 | David Smith

Data mining analyst Yuval Marom has just started a new user group for users of R in Melbourne (the one in Australia). He says: The group is open to people with all levels of experience with R, including complete beginners and complete experts, and people from all industries - private, ... [Read more...]

UseR! 2010 day 1

July 22, 2010 | David Smith

Just a couple of quick notes about the first day of talks at useR! 2010. It's been a jam-packed schedule -- so many good talks to see and people to meet, I just wish I had more time for it all! One stand-out for me so far has been Frank Harrell's ... [Read more...]

Reminder: Launch Party for tonight

July 21, 2010 | David Smith

If you're in the DC area (attending useR!2010, perhaps) this evening, Revolution Analytics (in conjunction with the DC Area R User Group) is hosting a party to celebrate the launch of at the Crowne Plaza in Rockville at 8PM. Come along for drinks and food, mingle with other ... [Read more...]

New R User Group in Slovenia

July 20, 2010 | David Smith

The new R User Group in Ljubljana, Slovenia is giving the Sydney group a run for the money when it comes to the best user group name. It's called Anonymous Rcoholics -- great name! You can join the group at the link below. Discussions are in English and Slovene. Google ... [Read more...]

Revolution at useR! 2010

July 14, 2010 | David Smith

Revolution Analytics is a proud sponsor of this year's annual R user conference, useR! 2010, and many members of the Revolution team will be there at Gaithersburg next week. We'll be hosting a booth at the conference where you can come up and meet the team, and see some of the ... [Read more...]

UseR! 2010 registration extended until July 4

July 1, 2010 | David Smith

Registration for the worldwide R user conference, useR! 2010, closed on June 20. But it seems like a few folks weren't aware of the early deadline, and missed out on registering. Never fear! Due to overwhelming demand, registration has re-opened until midnight on July 4. You'll need to hurry -- there are only 30 ... [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...]

New R User Group in Kassel, Germany

June 15, 2010 | David Smith

There's yet another local R user group launching this week, this time in Kassell, in central Germany. Their first meeting is on June 24. If my rusty German is holding up, looks like there will be some good discussion on editors and GUIs, how to find packages and functions, and R ... [Read more...]

New R User Groups in Sydney, South Asia

June 14, 2010 | David Smith

For R users in the Southern Hemisphere on the other side of the Prime Meridian, there are two new entries in the Local R User Group Directory: Sydney and South Asia. The Sydney group wins the prize for the best group acronym ever: SURF. The Sydney Users of R Forum ... [Read more...]

Making Data Work online conference

June 3, 2010 | David Smith

O'Reilly is hosting a conference on June 9 on the topic of the analysis of large data sets. The title of the conference is Making Data Work: Ever since Hal Varian proclaimed that data analysis is the sexy career for the coming decade, people have been talking about data. And big ... [Read more...]
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