[R] Revolutions blog: June 2014 Roundup

David Smith david at revolutionanalytics.com
Wed Jul 9 16:52:25 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 June:

The useR! 2014 conference in Los Angeles opened with 16 tutorials:

DataInformed published my article on how various companies use R:

Joe Rickert reviews the new book "Applied Predictive Modeling" by Max
Kuhn and Kjell Johnson, which is rich with examples in R and the
"caret" package: http://bit.ly/1rSopam

Hadley Wickham's new ggvis package features a new syntax to create
interactive ggplot2-style graphics: http://bit.ly/1rSoqei

Guest poster Wayne Smith reviews the R and Statistics presentations at
the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair:

Bank of America uses R to make "mundane tables stand out", as reported
in a recent FastCoLabs article: http://bit.ly/1rSoqen

DataCamp created an infographic comparing SAS, R and SPSS: http://bit.ly/1rSos5M

Prizes on offer for the best R graphic mapping the locations of R user
groups: http://bit.ly/1rSoqeo

Guy Abel used the circlize package to visualize the players in the
World Cup and the location of their home teams: http://bit.ly/1rSos5N

How to create a clean financial data set for backtesting using data
from Quandl: http://bit.ly/1rSoqep

R's popularity continues to surge, with high rankings in the latest
KDNuggets poll and Redmonk language rankings: http://bit.ly/1rSos5O

Analysis of movie palettes using Python and R reveals that Hollywood
cinematographers prefer orange and blue: http://bit.ly/1rSoqeq

There are now 141 R user groups worldwide, with recent additions in
Chennai (India), Exeter (UK), Miami (FL), Durham (NH), Albany (NY) and
Charlotte (NC): http://bit.ly/1rSos5Q

Two more companies share how they use R: the ride-sharing company
Uber, and CultureAmp (a "people intelligence platform"):

Tutorial on constructing a term structure of interest rates with R:

R is featured in a Dataversity article on the relevance of open source
analytics for businesses: http://bit.ly/1rSoqer

The China R Users Conference attracted more than 1000 attendees:

A look at the state of the art in Deep Learning research, including
the darch and deepnet packages: http://bit.ly/1rSos5U

One million students have enrolled in Coursera courses based on R:

An updated function for reading data into R from Google Spreadsheets
that works with Google's current security model: http://bit.ly/1rSos5W

General interest stories (not related to R) in the past month
included: the illusory colors of Benham's Top (http://bit.ly/1rSos5V),
an airport performance of "All by Myself" (http://bit.ly/1rSoquH), and
beer bottle harmonies (http://bit.ly/1rSos5X).

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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