[R] Revolutions blog: July 2016 roundup

David Smith davidsmi at microsoft.com
Mon Aug 8 22:29:06 CEST 2016

Since 2008, Microsoft (formerly Revolution Analytics) staff and guests have written about R every weekday at the
Revolutions blog: http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com
and every month I post a summary of articles from the previous month of particular interest to readers of r-help.

And in case you missed them, here are some articles related to R from the month of July:

R moves up to 5th place in the annual IEEE Spectrum programming language rankings:

A guide to R-related presentations at the JSM 2016 conference:

FiveThirtyEight uses R extensively for data journalism, as explained in a presentation at useR!2016:

An in-depth look at DeployR's enterprise security model when calling R functions via the web services API:

Microsoft R Open 3.3.0 is now available for Windows, Mac and PC:

A survey of quantitative business professionals ranks R in top position by usage (followed by SAS and Python):

Microsoft is hosting its first Data Science Summit: a conference for data scientists in Atlanta GA, September 26-27:

An interactive tree map of Pokemon Go characters, created with R:

Using R to manage energy usage on the Microsoft campus:

Why does NA^0 equal 1 in R? http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/2016/07/understanding-na-in-r.html

Two presentations by me, recorded at useR!2016: How Microsoft uses data science to improve the lives of people with
disabilities, and how R is integrated into Microsoft products:

A review of some recently-released R packages, by Joe Rickert:

How to create a Power BI dashboard based on SQL Server and R:

Microsoft R Client is a desktop-based version of Microsoft R Server, includes the big-data ScaleR package, and free to
download and use: http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/2016/07/microsoft-r-client.html

Resources (code and slides) from the tutorials presented at the useR!2016 conference:

Rick Becker presents the birth of the S language at Bell Labs:

Using Microsoft R Server within the Data Science Virtual Machine to graph airline delays from 14Gb of flight
records: http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/2016/07/dplyrxdf-flight-arrival-delays.html

General interest stories (not related to R) in the past month included: bad maps
(http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/2016/07/because-its-friday-bad-maps.html), bird migration
(http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/2016/07/because-its-friday-bird-migration.html), how to tell a B737 from an A320
(http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/2016/07/because-its-friday-b373-a320.html), a beginner's introduction to data
science (http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/2016/06/data-science-for-beginners.html), animal 'facts'
(http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/2016/07/fake-animal-facts.html), and animals and fairness

If you're looking for more articles about R, you can find summaries from previous months at
http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/roundups/. You can receive daily blog posts via email using services like

As always, thanks for the comments and please keep sending suggestions to me at davidsmi at microsoft.com or via Twitter
(I'm @revodavid).

# David

David M Smith <davidsmi at microsoft.com>
R Community Lead, Microsoft  
Tel: +1 (312) 9205766 (Chicago IL, USA)
Twitter: @revodavid | Blog:  http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com

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