[R] Revolutions blog: August 2016 roundup

David Smith davidsmi at microsoft.com
Thu Sep 8 22:27:59 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 August:

An amusing short video extols the benefits of reproducible research with R:

A guide to implementing a churn model for mobile phone customers with Microsoft R Services:

Computerworld's Sharon Machlis presents 5 data visualizations each using 5 lines of R code:

A five-part video series introducing Microsoft R Services:

David Robinson analyzes the sentiment of Donald Trump's (and staffers') tweets with R

Microsoft R Open 3.3.1 is now available for Windows, Mac and Linux:

When to use (and when not to use) dual Y axes on time series charts:

You can now use R from PowerBI to import, transform and visualize data:

An in-depth look at deep learning frameworks: Part 1
http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/2016/08/deep-learning-part-1.html and Part 2

The Data Science Summit (Sep 26-27 in Atlanta) features several R-related talks and a keynote presentation by Edward
Tufte http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/2016/08/tufte-keynote.html

The jailbreakr package locates and extracts sub-tables from messy spreadsheets:

Using R to extract information from a PDF table to create a map of dispensary locations:

Student debt is rising quickly in the US, as shown using the animation package:

A guide to tuning Apache Spark to optimize computations with Microsoft R Server:

A review of several R packages providing access to online data sources:

A cheat-sheet for the dplyrXdf package:

A beautiful example of creating publication-ready interactive graphics with R:

A guide to simulating from the bivariate Normal distribution with R:

Where to find resources previously available on the now-decommissioned inside-r.org:

An introduction to ROC curves in R: http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/2016/08/roc-curves-in-two-lines-of-code.html

Azure ML Studio now supports Microsoft R Open and Python 2 and 3:

General interest stories (not related to R) in the past month included: the font of the Stranger Things titles
(http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/2016/08/because-its-friday-the-font-of-stranger-things.html), gravity waves
(http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/2016/08/because-its-friday-lisa.html), a first-squirrel view
(http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/2016/08/because-its-friday-the-squirrels-pov.html), and history set to 70's pop

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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