[R] Revolutions Blog: November Roundup

David Smith david at revolutionanalytics.com
Fri Dec 17 00:17:19 CET 2010

I write about R every weekday at the Revolutions blog:
and every month I post a summary of articles from the previous month
of particular interest to readers of r-help.

In case you missed them, here are some articles related to R from the
month of November:

Dirk Eddelbuettel and Romain Francois went to Google to talk about
integrating R (using Rcpp, for example), and we gave a review of the
video presentation: http://bit.ly/ev1WxP

R co-creator Ross Ihaka wins a Lifetime Achievement Award in Open
Source: http://bit.ly/9PdD5C

Revolution has job openings for R programmers: http://bit.ly/hgtkSK

We're looking for suggestions about useful R functions that more
people should know about: http://bit.ly/i9w0FP

Brock Tibert wrote some R code to scrape a website of election results
and chart the returns in real time: http://bit.ly/hZPMbc

We published the final installment of the "R is Hot" article series:

We launched the free "Pretty R" tool for publishing highlighted R code
to the Web: http://bit.ly/bra4ap

Slides from Saptarshi Guha on using Hadoop and R to analyze 100Gb of
data: http://bit.ly/gYGokk

Forbes Magazine names R as a "Name You Need To Know in 2011" in their
December issue, based on a lively and informative online comment
thread: http://bit.ly/gVwzb8

In honor of 11/11, Drew Conway created a visualization in R on veteran
homelessness in the US: http://bit.ly/gkpS6J

Some good advice on thinking about writing loops in R by Yihiu Xie:

Revolution's Joe Rickert reviews the R talks at the ACM Data Mining
Camp: http://bit.ly/ebo9Pk

The competition to create a recommendation engine for R packages
continues, with new data and new prizes: http://bit.ly/ezF5WB

There's a new package to access the InfoChimps API from R, for
geolocation, census demographic data, and more: http://bit.ly/gTWiAA

A tutorial from FlowingData on making bubble charts with R: http://bit.ly/hNL41L

An analysis of the users of the prediction competition site Kaggle
revealed that R was the preferred software of competitors:

John Chambers gave a presentation on "R and Multilingualism", with
examples of the new Reference Classes feature of R 2.12:

News about a forthcoming integration between Revolution R and Hadoop:

Other non-R-related stories in the past month included another lottery
coincidence (http://bit.ly/hN1qHU), epidemiology of unusual diseases
from 1632 (http://bit.ly/iceodU), a discussion on Statistics moderated
by the Dataists on Reddit (http://bit.ly/h5r25S), a visualization of
asteroid discoveries (http://bit.ly/enidWV), the the emerging
discipline of "digital humanities" (http://bit.ly/eMbzCw), and the
science of airport security (http://bit.ly/eiMyIY). On a lighter note,
we had: a T-shirt for Stats geeks (http://bit.ly/aLOCyZ).

There are new R user groups in Houston (http://bit.ly/c0XFGp) and
Cincinnati/Dayton (http://bit.ly/97FpZx).

The R Community Calendar has also been updated at:

If you're looking for more articles about R, you can find summaries
from previous months at http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/roundups/.
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articles on a monthly basis.

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# David

David M Smith <david at revolutionanalytics.com>
VP of Marketing, Revolution Analytics  http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com
Tel: +1 (650) 646-9523 (Palo Alto, CA, USA)

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