[R] Revolutions blog: November 2015 roundup

David Smith davidsmi at microsoft.com
Fri Dec 11 22:02:03 CET 2015

Since 2008, Revolution Analytics (and now Microsoft) staff and guests have written 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 November:

You can use emojis as plotting symbols in ggplot2 charts with the emoGG package:

A review of local R user group activity in 2015:

Giving thanks to the R Core Group: http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/2015/11/happy-thanksgiving.html

Some best practices for handling secret API keys in R scripts:

An animated globe showing locations of Marriott and Starwood hotels using the rthreejs package:

PowerBI has added support for R graphics in dashboards:

A detailed R-based analysis of over a billion taxi rides in New York City:

Joseph Rickert recommends books for learning the R language and for data analysis in R:

The AzureML package has been updated to allow R functions to connect with workspaces, datasets, and experiments in Azure
ML Studio: http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/2015/11/azureml-update.html

A simulation-based approach to explaining Simpson's Paradox:

Two new surveys show that R continues to be the most popular language for data scientists:

R was featured in many presentations at this year's H2Oworld conference:

Some tips on handling packages when working with R projects: http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/2015/11/r-projects.html

fluent-r, a new R integration library for JVM developers: http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/2015/11/fluent-r.html

Online investing service Betterment uses R for modeling, analysis and reporting:

Applications of R were presented at the EARL conference by Verizon, Pfizer, Wikipedia, and many others:

Simulating sample data reproducibly using the wakefield package:

Using the RJSONIO package to download Bitcoin exchange data:

A series on using differential privacy for machine learning:

The R Consortium has funded its first community project, and is now accepting proposals for future projects:

General interest stories (not related to R) in the past month included: ball-moving contraptions in Lego
(http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/2015/11/gbc.html), why you can't photograph propellers
(http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/2015/11/because-its-friday-why-you-cant-take-photos-of-propellers.html), fun with
magnets (http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/2015/11/because-its-friday-magnets.html), and a dangerous playground

Meeting times for local R user groups (http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/local-r-groups.html) can be found on the
updated R Community Calendar at: http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/calendar.html

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
blogtrottr.com, or join the Revolution Analytics mailing list at http://revolutionanalytics.com/newsletter to be alerted
to new articles on a monthly basis.

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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