[R] Revolutions blog: July 2014 roundup

David Smith david at revolutionanalytics.com
Tue Aug 5 19:58:20 CEST 2014

Revolution Analytics staff and guests 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 July:

The deadline for our contest to visualize the location of R user
groups has been extended to August 16: http://bit.ly/1o9C1N8

Previews of R-related sessions at this year's JSM conference in
Boston: http://bit.ly/1o9C1N7

Coding errors in R graphics scripts serendipitously create some
interesting art: http://bit.ly/1o9C1N6

Another look at the dependency graphs for R packages with the miniCRAN
package: http://bit.ly/1o9C1N9 , following on from this post:

A Reuters journalist used R for a story about the impact of rising sea
levels: http://bit.ly/1o9C0sy

The DSC 2014 conference featured an interesting discussion on
learnings from alternative R implementations like Renjin and pqR:

An in-depth look at R's capabilities for agent-based modeling and the
RNetLogo package: http://bit.ly/1o9C0sB

The magrittr package introduces the %>% pipe operator, an elegant way
of chaining R functions together: http://bit.ly/1o9C0sA

Some considerations for choosing a trainer for R courses: http://bit.ly/1o9C1Nb

Cleveland popularized lattice-style graphics by revealing an error in
the "barley" data set, but there may not have been any error after
all: http://bit.ly/1o9C1Nc

A review of R packages for meta-analysis: http://bit.ly/1o9C0sC

Preparing big data for analysis in R with Xplenty: http://bit.ly/1o9C0sD

A free e-book on Machine Learning with R from InsideBigData:

Recent research by the IEEE ranks R the 9th most popular of all
programming languages: http://bit.ly/1o9C3o0

A brief summary of the changes in R 3.1.1: http://bit.ly/1o9C23q

Joe Rickert recaps John Chambers' keynote address on the history of R
at useR! 2014: http://bit.ly/1o9C3o4

I recount some personal highlights from the useR! 2014 conference in
Los Angeles: http://bit.ly/1o9C3o3

Reviews and links to materials from some of the R tutorials presented
at useR! 2014: http://bit.ly/1o9C3o2

A 5-minute history of Revolution Analytics, in slides: http://bit.ly/1o9C3o5

Part 2 in a series on constructing a term structure of interest rates
with R: http://bit.ly/1o9C23t

General interest stories (not related to R) in the past month
included: misheard Pearl Jam lyrics (http://bit.ly/1o9C3o6), a pop
song about grammar (http://bit.ly/1o9C23v), a book review of "The
Martian" (http://bit.ly/1o9C3o7), and some of the fuzzy details behind
the definition of "USA" (http://bit.ly/1o9C23u).

Meeting times for local R user groups (http://bit.ly/eC5YQe) can be
found on the updated R Community Calendar at: http://bit.ly/bb3naW

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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As always, thanks for the comments and please keep sending suggestions
to me at david at revolutionanalytics.com or via Twitter (I'm

# David

David M Smith <david at revolutionanalytics.com>
Chief Community Officer, Revolution Analytics
Tel: +1 (650) 646-9523 (Chicago IL, USA)
Twitter: @revodavid

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