Subject: useR! 2007 --- programming competition

Luke Tierney luke at
Fri Apr 13 20:21:07 CEST 2007

R Users and Developers,

The first North American useR! to be held at Iowa State University,
Ames, Iowa, August 8-10, 2007, will include a programming
competition. The challenge:

     Develop a package useful for the analysis of large data sets.

     Your package could augment an existing package like biglm, for
     example, by providing graphical or numerical diagnostic tools, or by
     adding support methods for transparently handling data from a
     database. Alternatively, you could develop a package for fitting
     linear or generalized linear models to large data sets that takes an
     entirely different approach.

The winning team will receive a cash prize. The submission deadline is
June 30, 2007. Further details are available at the conference website

As a reminder, we are also calling for papers for presentation at the
meeting.  Papers are encouraged in all areas, but particular emphasis
is given to work describing newly created or improved R
packages. Papers will be refereed and a best paper/presentation award
is likely.

Also, if you wish to apply for financial support, please send an
application to user2007 at by April 23 (include a brief CV
and a statement that demonstrates your eligibility, your need for
support, and an amount of support required - students should include
the name of their supervisor).

useR! Program Committee
user2007 at

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