In case you missed it: July 2017 roundup

In case you missed them, here are some articles from July of particular interest to R users. A tutorial on using the rsparkling package to apply H20’s algorithms to data in HDInsight. Several exercises to learn parallel programming with the foreach package. A presentation on the R6 class system, by Winston Chang. Introducing “joyplots”, a ggplot2 extension for visualizing multiple time series or distributions (with a nod to Joy Division). SQL Server 2017, with many new R-related capabilities, is nearing release. Ali Zaidi on using neural embeddings with R and Spark to analyze Github comments. R ranks #6 in the 2017 IEEE Spectrum Top Programming Languages. Course materials on “Data Analysis for the Life Sciences”, from Rafael Irizarry. How to securely store API keys in R scripts with the “secret” package. An in-depth tutorial on implementing neural network algorithms in…
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In case you missed it: June 2017 roundup

In case you missed them, here are some articles from June of particular interest to R users. R 3.4.1 “Single Candle” has been released. The Scientific Computing Coordinator at the FDA explains how R is used at the FDA and by sponsors for clinical trial submissions. Several useful tips related to including images in Rmarkdown documents. A review of one of R’s best features — its community. It’s now possible to include interactive R visualizations in Power BI reports (like graphics created with plotly or htmlwidgets). The Azure Data Science Virtual Machine for Windows now supports GPU-based computations with Microsoft R, Tensorflow, and other included software. The 2017 Burtch Works survey of data science software popularity shows R leading, Python gaining, and SAS declining. A video presentation by Ali Zaidi on using the sparklyr package with Microsoft R Server. The…
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In case you missed it: May 2017 roundup

In case you missed them, here are some articles from May of particular interest to R users. Many interesting presentations recorded at the R/Finance 2017 conference in Chicago are now available to watch. A review of some of the R packages and projects implemented at the 2017 ROpenSci Unconference. An example of applying Bayesian Learning with the “bnlearn” package to challenge stereotypical assumptions Data from the Billboard Hot 100 chart used to find the most popular words in the titles of pop hits. Microsoft R Open 3.4.0 is now available for Windows, Mac and Linux. How to use the “tweenr” package to create smooth transitions in data animations.  A preview of some of the companies and R applications to be presented at the EARL conference in San Francisco. The AzureDSVM package makes it easy to spawn and manage clusters of…
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In case you missed it: April 2017 roundup

In case you missed them, here are some articles from April of particular interest to R users.  The rxExecBy function (in Microsoft R Server) deploys “embarassingly parallel” problems to remote compute services. An interesting population map, reminiscent of a Joy Division album cover, shows Europe’s population density using just 14 lines of R code. Financial startup dv01 uses R to bring greater transparency to consumer lending. Reproducibility with knitr: how to use the “checkpoint” package with the “Knit” feature in RStudio. A summary of the improvements in R 3.4.0.  Slides from my recent talk, “Reproducible Data Science with R”.  SQL Server 2017 will support both R and Python for in-database computation.  New features in Microsoft R Server 9.1, now available.  A sentiment analysis of Warren Buffett’s letters to shareholders.  A workshop on Artificial Intelligence, featuring Microsoft R, is being held…
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In case you missed it: December 2016 roundup

In case you missed them, here are some articles from December of particular interest to R users.  Power BI now has a gallery of custom visualizations built with R. Chicago’s Department of Public Health uses R to prioritize health inspections at restaurants. A beautiful map of Switzerland municipalities combined with a relief map of the mountains, created with R. Using the Azure Interface Tool to parallelize the problem of optimizing an R model across the hyperparameter space. A primer on Bayesian Statistics. Animating Voronoi tesselations in R to create a greeting card. The Linux Data Science Virtual Machine, which includes several R-related components, is available for a free “test drive” on Azure. The new AzureSMR package lets you manage Azure virtual machines, clusters and storage from R. Interactive decision trees in Microsoft R Server. The ompr package provides numerical optimization with…
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The biggest R stories from 2016

It’s been another great year for the R project and the R community. Let’s look at some of the highlights from 2016. The R 3.3 major release brought some significant performance improvements to R, along with a spiffy new logo. There were also two updates in 2016: R 3.3.1 and R 3.3.2. (The R 3.2 series also received an update with R 3.2.4.) The R Foundation accepted five new members, and R-core accepted a new contributor as well.  R’s popularity continued to grow in 2016, as measured by the 2016 O’Reilly Data Science Salary Survey (57%), IEEE Spectrum (5th rank), and KDNuggets (1st rank). The network of R user groups expanded to more than 250 worldwide, bolstered by the rapidly-growing R-ladies network. The useR!2016 conference was a major success with fascinating keynotes, 128 contributed talks (livestreamed and recorded for the first time) covering 154 packages, and a free tutorial series.…
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In case you missed it: November 2016 roundup

In case you missed them, here are some articles from November of particular interest to R users.  Microsoft R Open 3.3.2, based on R 3.3.2, has been released for Windows, Mac and Linux. A new, free course on EdX focuses on the big-data extensions of Microsoft R Server. Using ggplot2 to create a calendar heat map of city bike usage in Chicago. A tutorial on creating an in-database rental prediction service for a ski shop with SQL Server R Services. Detailed R code to calculate AUC, the area under a ROC curve. Rankings of the 5 most popular R packages by downloads (with and without dependencies). Using computer vision algorithms from R to find images in a photomosaic. Airbnb has released the knowledge repository they use to share data science reports generated using R. Using the sparklyr package to manipulate…
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Because it's Friday: Border flyover

President-elect Trump has famously pledged to build a wall along the US-Mexico border, but what would such a wall actually look like? This short film directed by Josh Begley follows the path of the proposed wall using satellite imagery from Google Maps. It’s longer, and twistier, than you might imagine. (Via Good.) [embedded content] That’s all from us here at the blog for this week. Have a good weekend, and we’ll be back on Monday.
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In case you missed it: October 2016 roundup

In case you missed them, here are some articles from October of particular interest to R users.  A brief summary of the R 3.3.2 release. “Data Science with SQL Server 2016”, a free E-book featuring several in-depth R examples, is now available for download. The ReporterRs package makes it easy to insert R output, tables and graphics into Word and…
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In case you missed it: Septemer 2016 roundup

In case you missed them, here are some articles from September of particular interest to R users.  The R-Ladies meetups and the Women in R Taskforce support gender diversity in the R community. Highlights from the Microsoft Data Science Summit include recordings of many presentations about R, and the keynote “The Future of Data Analysis” by Edward Tufte. An R-based…
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