Go faster R for Google’s summer of code 2012

March 28, 2012 | Derek-Jones

The R Foundation has been accepted for Google’s summer of code and I thought I would suggest a few ideas for projects. My interests are in optimization and source code analysis, so obviously the suggestions involve these topics. There are an infinite number of possible optimizations that can be ... [Read more...]

All I Don’t Know About Surveys

January 26, 2012 | klr

I believe my survey experiment Survey Time illustrated later in this post and in Google’s Visualization of Survey Responses mainly pointed out how ignorant I am about the very complicated science of surveying from building the survey to the visualiza...
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Look Over My Shoulder with Hangout?

January 18, 2012 | klr

Inspired by the post More Office Hours in 2012 and the survey results, I thought I would offer office hours while blogging/playing in R.  If anyone is interested, please send me an email at kent.russell at, or just look for me ...
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Gold price and fear

January 18, 2012 | arthur charpentier

Via @theEconomist, I understood that there might be connections between the price of Gold (which is said to be extremely high nowadays) and the VIX SP500 index (the option volatility index, i.e. the so-called "fear index", as discussed - in French-... [Read more...]

Survey Time

January 11, 2012 | klr

After I completed the vignette survey, I was amazed with the process, functionality, and potential R integration from Google Docs forms.  I just had to make one of my own. As I...
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Web Scraping Google URLs

November 7, 2011 | Tony Breyal

Google slightly changed the html code it uses for hyperlinks on search pages last Thursday, thus causing one of my scripts to stop working. Thankfully, this is easily solved in R thanks to the XML package and the power and simplicity of XPath expressions: Lovely jubbly! P.S. I know ... [Read more...]

Friday fun with: Google Trends

May 19, 2011 | nsaunders

Some years ago, Google discovered that when people are concerned about influenza, they search for flu-related information and that to some extent, search traffic is an indicator of flu activity. Google Flu Trends was born. Illness is sweeping through our department this week and I have succumbed. It’s not ... [Read more...]

Building a fact-based world view

January 7, 2011 | Oscar Perpiñán Lamigueiro

Gapminder is an independent foundation based in Stockholm, Sweden. Its mission is “to debunk devastating myths about the world by offering free access to a fact-based world view“. They provide free online tools, data (more than 400 datasets freely available!) and videos “to better understand the changing world“. The initial development ...
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How Google and Facebook are using R

August 4, 2010 | Szilard

This is an older (2009) video from the kickoff meeting of the San Francisco Bay Area R Users Group. It was a panel discussion within the Predictive Analytics World conference. Video courtesy by Ron Fredericks of LectureMaker (click on the … Continue reading →
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What (Search Engines Think) People Want

July 17, 2010 | C

R O How G8 U R!Hey, R U there? Having used the R language for awhile now, I would like to let you know that R works - in fact R works really well. If you keep up with R news this should be no surprise...this is, after ...
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