[R] Revolutions blog: February 2016 roundup

David Smith davidsmi at microsoft.com
Tue Mar 8 16:54:38 CET 2016

Since 2008, Microsoft (formerly Revolution Analytics) staff and guests have written about R every weekday at the
Revolutions blog: http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com
and every month I post a summary of articles from the previous month of particular interest to readers of r-help.

And in case you missed them, here are some articles related to R from the month of February:

A tutorial on presenting interactive versions of R maps in PowerBI:

An animation of Japan's population pyramid through 2050 based on US Census Bureau demographic projections:

Interactive visualizations of multivariate data in R with the threejs package:

New Zealand's tourism ministry uses R and Shiny to create a public dashboard exploring the economic impact of tourism:

Microsoft uses R to forecast usage of the Xbox One gaming system:

R scores highly in the latest Tiobe and Redmonk language rankings:

A minor update to Microsoft R Open 3.2.3: http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/2016/02/microsoft-r-open-323-update.html

Applications from the Bay Area R User Group: simulating poker tournaments, recommending movies, predicting the Oscars,
and analyzing electronic medical records:

Lionel Henry's proposals to improve the syntax of R:

Repositories of talks given to various R user groups: http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/2016/02/more_rug_sites.html

RStudio now supports user-created add-ins:

Replay of the webinar presented by Derek Norton on Microsoft R Server:

Accessing data in SQL Server on Azure with R: http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/2016/02/ms_sql_azure.html

A look at the R community in Poland: http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/2016/02/r-user-groups-in-poland.html

A tutorial on credit card fraud detection using R and SQL Server:

A replay (with slides) of a recent webinar on Microsoft R Open:

How to use Microsoft R Open with RStudio: http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/2016/02/using-mro-with-rstudio.html

The world's longest commercial flights, mapped with R:

How to use PostgresSQL with R: http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/2016/02/postgressql_r.html

Replay of a presentation by Max Kuhn on predictive modeling with R and the caret package:

General interest stories (not related to R) in the past month included: performing accents
(http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/2016/02/because-its-friday-accents.html), realizing a video game world
(http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/2016/02/because-its-friday-networking-in-destiny.html), combining dance and CGI
(http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/2016/02/using-microsoft-r-server-to-address-scalability-issues-in-r.html), and a
mysterious rotating illusion

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

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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