Learning R as a language

November 29, 2011 | Derek-Jones

Books written to teach a general purpose programming language are usually organized according to the features of the language and examples often show how a particular language feature is interpreted by a compiler. Books about domain specific languages are usually organized in a way that makes sense in the corresponding ... [Read more...]

Accessing Databases From R

May 9, 2011 | Stephen Turner

Jeffrey Breen put together a useful slideshow on accessing databases from R. I use RODBC every single day to access my own local MySQL server from R. I've had trouble with RMySQL, so I've always used RODBC instead after setting up my localhost MySQL se... [Read more...]

How Safe is Your Money?

August 24, 2010 | C

The FDIC regularly publishes a Failed Bank List and related statistics.  This post uses data in the original XLS from the FDIC web site which is formatted for human consumption to produce the charts below using R.  Note that 2010 data be...
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Pie Charts in ggplot2

July 29, 2010 | C

...and other isomorphic data shape presentations...The Pie Chart has been widely criticized in recent times by statisticians.  Edward Tufte goes as far as to call this the "prevailing orthodoxy."  The reasons generally cited:The rel...
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Hacker News User Base Changed?

July 26, 2010 | C

There are lots of references on Hacker news to the fact that the "good old days" are gone and that the character of the site has changed since it started.  The visualization above was based on a sample of users that posted on the site in recent ti...
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Analyze Online R User Conference Data

July 19, 2010 | C

The R User Conference 2010 will be underway shortly - and what better way to commemorate the event than to  blast out some R code related to the conference?  HTML tables on websites for the past three years list participants an...
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Make R speak SQL with sqldf

July 5, 2010 | C

The R community is unique as programming communities go.  Many users of R come from academia and have a relatively extensive mathematical background.  The R community has developed in relative isolation from some other areas of programming th...
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Eight R Video Tutorials on VCASMO

February 4, 2010 | Ed Borasky

Download "Getting Started with the Social Media Analytics Research Toolkit" (pdf, 1.25 megabytes) Download the Social Media Analytics Research Toolkit Thanks to Drew Conway (@drewconway), a PhD student at New York University, there are now eight excell... [Read more...]

Loading Big (ish) Data into R

November 24, 2009 | JD Long

So for the rest of this conversation big data == 2 Gigs. Done. Don’t give me any of this ‘that’s not big, THIS is big’ shit. There now, on with the cool stuff: This week on twitter Vince Buffalo asked about loading a 2 gig comma separated file (csv) into R (... [Read more...]

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