Effective Graphs with R

September 13, 2012 | David Smith

Today's guest post is by Naomi Robbins, author of the Effective Graphs blog — ed. I write a blog on effective graphs for Forbes. David Smith invited me to write a guest post here that was a roundup of some of my Forbes posts where R was used. My use of ... [Read more...]

Surveys continue to rank R #1 for Data Mining

August 3, 2012 | David Smith

KDnuggets recently posted its annual poll on data mining software, and the R language retains its #1 ranking as the most commonly-used software for data mining: R is now used by 52.5% of poll respondents, compared with 45% last year. Donnie Berkholz provides an analysis of the year-on-year trends for Redmonk. He provides ... [Read more...]

Another R mention in the NYT

July 25, 2012 | David Smith

The R language gets a brief mention in an article in yesterday's New York Times on automated bond trading: The traders here are mostly educated in math or physics, often outside the United States, and their desks are piled high with textbooks like the “R Graphs Cookbook,” for working with ... [Read more...]

CIO.com: R is a Big Data open-source technology to watch

June 19, 2012 | David Smith

CIO.com recently published its list of 9 open-source technologies to watch. Hadoop is first on the list, and second up is the R Project: R is an open source programming language and software environment designed for statistical computing and visualization. R was designed by Ross Ihaka and Robert Gentleman at ... [Read more...]

R Tops Data Mining Software Poll

May 31, 2012 | David Smith

For the past 12 years, KDNuggets has conducted an annual poll asking "What analytics/data mining software you used in the past 12 months for a real project (not just evaluation)". In this year's poll, R was the top-ranked data mining solution, selected by 30.7% of poll respondents. Microsoft Excel was second, at 29.8%. ... [Read more...]

Orbitz: R has become the data-mining tool of choice

May 17, 2012 | David Smith

Sameer Chopra, vice president of Advanced Analytics at Orbitz Worldwide, wrote recently in Analytics magazine about the changing landscape of processes, software and systems for statistical modelers. In a section on "Big Data and Open Source Analytics", Chopra lays out the reasons why the R language "has become the data-mining ... [Read more...]

Thursday: Tweet-chat on Multiple Sclerosis research

May 7, 2012 | David Smith

The story about the great work that SUNY Buffalo has been doing to find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis with Revolution R Enterprise and IBM Netezza has generated a lot of attention, with stories in Forbes, InformationWeek and eWeek (amongst others). To continue the discussion, IBM has put together a ... [Read more...]

Yes, you need more than just R for Big Data Analytics

May 2, 2012 | David Smith

Douglas Merrill, former CIO/VP of Engineering at Google, writes in Forbes about using the R language for data analysis: Most folks with math-oriented graduate degrees will have written something in R, a non-commercial option for your big data analysis. So, great graduates from great graduate schools know great tools. ... [Read more...]

Information Age: graduates driving industry adoption of R

April 30, 2012 | David Smith

Information Age recently published a feature article devoted to the R language, "Putting the R in analytics". Says author Pete Swabey: Already popular in universities, there are signs that R is finding increasing adoption in the enterprise. This promises to lower the barriers of entry for advanced analytics, and may ... [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 at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

April 10, 2012 | David Smith

The O'Reilly Radar blog has a lengthy and very interesting interview with the lead and deputy CIOs of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the new US government agency devoted to consumer protections in the financial markets. In that interview, they talk about the many open-source tools used in the agency (... [Read more...]

R, Twitter and McDonald’s

March 23, 2012 | David Smith

Ed Chen is a data scientist at Twitter, so he's accustomed to working with big data and complex models. In an interview with MIT Technology Review, he describes his data science toolbox: A common pattern for me is that I'll code a MapReduce job in Scala, do some simple command-line ... [Read more...]

SAP integrates R with HANA

March 15, 2012 | David Smith

We can add SAP to the list of vendors offering R integration with their products. InformationWeek reports that the new SAP BusinessObjects Predictive Analysis model provides a graphical user interface to R. Created in reaction to "competitive and market forces, including the momentum of open source R", the new module ... [Read more...]

Big Data Analytics to Revolutionize Services

March 6, 2012 | David Smith

Revolution Analytics' CEO Dave Rich was interviewed by Wikibon's David Vellante and SiliconAngle's John Furrier at the Strata 2012 conference last week. Given Dave's background at Accenture Analytics, the conversation naturally turned to impact of predictive analytics and R on business services. (See the video after the jump, below.) Bret Latmore ... [Read more...]

R in Financial Services Viewpoint newsletter

February 17, 2012 | David Smith

The Winter 2012 edition of Sybase's Financial Services Viewpoint newsletter includes two articles related to R. The "Industry Insight" article "R is Hot" (written by yours truly) is a one-page summary of the R phenomenon: what it is, how it's used, and how it's revolutionizing data analysis. The "Industry Insight" article ... [Read more...]

Revolution Analytics named Startup to Watch in 2012

January 4, 2012 | David Smith

While we were out over the holiday break, Silicon Angle selected five open-source startups that are commercializing and contributing to open source projects as "Startups to Watch in 2012". Revolution Analytics was #2 on the list: This was a busy year for Revolution. The company released Revolution R 5.0, which included Hadoop integration, ... [Read more...]

Forbes: Big Data needs to earn its keep

December 8, 2011 | David Smith

Dan Woods at Forbes makes a salient point about Big Data: it's not good enough merely to spend a ton of money to collect and store data -- it needs to earn its keep via data analysis: Let’s say you buy a huge Hadoop cluster along with Revolution Analytics, ... [Read more...]
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