Speed up R with Parallel Programming in the Cloud

This past weekend I attended the R User Day at Data Day Texas in Austin. It was a great event, mainly because so many awesome people from the R community came to give some really interesting talks. Lucy D’Agostino McGowan has kindly provided a list of the talks and links to slides, and I thoroughly recommend checking it out: you’re sure to find a talk (or two, or five or ten) that interests you. My own talk was on Speeding up R with Parallel Programming in the Cloud, where I talked about using the doAzureParallel package to launch clusters for use with the foreach function, and using aztk to launch Spark clusters for use with the sparklyr package. I’ve embdeded the slides below: it’s not quite the same without the demos (and sadly there was no video recording), but I’ve…
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Registration and talk proposals now open for useR!2018

Registration is now open for useR! 2018, the official R user conference to be held in Brisbane, Australia July 10-13. If you haven’t been to a useR! conference before, it’s a fantastic opportunity to meet and mingle with other R users from around the world, see talks on R packages and applications, and attend tutorials for deep dives on R-related topics. This year’s conference will also feature keynotes from Jenny Bryan, Steph De Silva, Heike Hofmann, Thomas Lin Pedersen, Roger Peng and Bill Venables. It’s my favourite conference of the year, and I’m particularly looking forward to this one. This video from last year’s conference in Brussels (a sell-out with over 1,1000 attendees) will give you a sense of what a useR! conference is like: The useR! conference brought to you by the R Foundation and is 100% community-led.…
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eRum 2018 to be held in Budapest, May 14-18

The main international R user conference, useR!, is typically hosted in Europe every other year. Back in 2016 when useR! was held in the USA, an alternative conference was held in Poland. Next year (when the useR! conference will be in Australia) the tradition continues, and the 2018 eRum (European R Users Meeting) will be held in Budapest, Hungary on May 14-16. Around 400-500 attendees are expected, and the program committee is sure to put together an excellent collection of workshops and talks. If you’d like to contribute, workshop proposals are due on January 14, and abstracts for talks and posters are due on February 25. You can submit your proposals here. Conference registration will open in early January, but you can follow @erum2018 on Twitter to be notified or simply check at the URL below for ticket information. eRum 2018:…
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R/Finance 2018, Chicago June 1-2

The tenth annual R/Finance conference will be held in Chicago, June 1-2 2018. This is a fantastic conference for anyone working with R in the finance industry, or doing research around R in finance in the academic sector. This community-led, single-track conference always features a program of interesting talks in a convival atmosphere. If you’d like to contribute a 20-minute presentation or a 5-minute lightning talk, the call for papers is open though February 2, 2018. If you’d like to attend, registrations will open in March 2018. Microsoft is proud to be a continuing sponsor of R/Finance 2018. You can a summary of lat year’s conference here, and watch recordings of the talks on Channel 9. For more on the 2018 conference, follow the link below.  R/Finance 2018: Overview
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Highlights from the Connect(); conference

Connect();, the annual Microsoft developer conference, is wrapping up now in New York. The conference was the venue for a number of major announcements and talks. Here are some highlights related to data science, machine learning, and artificial intelligence: Lastly, I wanted to share this video presented at the conference from Stack Overflow. Keep an eye out for R community luminary David Robinson programming in R! You can find more from the Connect conference, including on-demand replays of the talks and keynotes, at the link below. Microsoft: Connect(); November 15-17, 2017
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Recap: EARL Boston 2017

By Emmanuel Awa, Francesca Lazzeri and Jaya Mathew, data scientists at Microsoft A few of us got to attend EARL conference in Boston last week which brought together a group of talented users of R from academia and industry. The conference highlighted various Enterprise Applications of R. Despite being a small conference, the quality of the talks were great and showcased various innovative ways in using some of the newer packages available for use in the R language. Some of the attendees were veteran R users while some were new comers to the R language, so there was a mix in the level of proficiency in using the R language.   R currently has a vibrant community of users and there are over 11,000 open source packages. The conference also encouraged women to join their local chapter for R Ladies…
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Two upcoming webinars

Two new Microsoft webinars are taking place over the next week that may be of interest: AI Development in Azure using Data Science Virtual Machines The Azure Data Science Virtual Machine (DSVM) provides a comprehensive development and production environment to Data Scientists and AI-savvy developers. DSVMs are specialized virtual machine images that have been curated, configured, tested and heavily used by Microsoft engineers and data scientists. DSVM is an integral part of the Microsoft AI Platform and is available for customers to use through the Microsoft Azure cloud. In this session, we will first introduce DSVM, familiarize attendees with the product, including our newest offering, namely Deep Learning Virtual Machines (DLVMs). That will be followed by technical deep-dives into samples of end-to-end AI development and deployment scenarios that involve deep learning. We will also cover scenarios involving cloud based scale-out and…
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Recap: Applications of R at EARL London 2017

The fourth EARL London conference took place last week, and once again it was an enjoyable and informative showcase of practical applications of R. Kudos to the team from Mango for hosting a great event featuring interesting talks and a friendly crowd.  As always, there were more talks on offer than I was able to attend (most of the event was in three parallel tracks), but here are a few highlights that I was able to catch: Jenny Bryan from RStudio gave an outstanding keynote: “Workflows: You Should Have One”. The talk was a really useful collection of good practices for data analysis with R. Note I didn’t say “best practices” there, and that’s something that resonated with me from Jenny’s talk: sometimes the best practices are the ones that are “good enough” and don’t add unnecessary complexity or fragility.…
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Preview of EARL London 2017

The next event in the Effective Applications of the R Language (EARL) conference series takes place next week, with EARL London 2017. The EARL conference series got its start in London, and the London event remains the biggest and brightest of the venues. This year’s program is no exception, with an impressive raft of tutorials and keynote speakers, and three full tracks of contributed talks focusing on real-world applications of R. Here are a few highlights you might want to check out. From the Monday tutorial sessions, Jenny Bryan’s session on Writing R Functions for Fun and Profit promises to be a great session for budding R programmers looking to take their R skills to the next level. If you’d like to learn how to use Microsoft R to implement AI systems with machine learning models, check out the Working with…
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Highlights of the Data Science Track at Microsoft Ignite

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