[R] Revolutions blog: October 2016 roundup

David Smith davidsmi at microsoft.com
Mon Nov 14 23:25:59 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 October:

A brief summary of the R 3.3.2 release: http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/2016/10/r-332-now-available.html

"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 Powerpoint templates:

R-hub, an on-line service to build and check R packages on multiple platforms, is now in public beta test:

A style guide for R programs from Graham Williams, creator of rattle:

The Economist used R and the Emotion API to track emotions of the US presidential candidates during the debates:

A new R Graph Gallery by Yan Holtz contains hundreds of data charts and their R code:

R Tools for Visual Studio 0.5 adds support for publishing R code as a SQL Server stored procedure:

After an accident, a data scientist estimates the value of a written-off vehicle with R:

The "Team Data Science Process" and two new open-source projects from Microsoft: a visualization and exploration
framework; and a statistical reporting tool based on caret:

An R function for "tilegrams", like US maps with states scaled to electoral college votes:

Upcoming data science courses in Zurich, Oslo and Stockholm:

A tutorial on using R on Spark with SparkR, sparklyr, and RevoScaleR:

An animated globe showing the impact of climate change, created with R:

The ggiraph package makes it easy to add interactivity to ggplot2 graphics on the web:

The haven package supports reading SAS, SPSS, Stata and other data file formats into R:

More than half of published papers in Psychology contain at least one statistical reporting error, the statcheck package
reveals: http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/2016/10/statcheck.html

Build data pipelines with Azure Data Factory and Microsoft R Server:

R used to analyze the scripts of "The Simpsons", and create a chart in the cartoon's unique style:

General interest stories (not related to R) in the past month included: rules for rulers
(http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/2016/10/because-its-friday-dictators.html), a Hitchcock-Kubrick video mashup
(http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/2016/10/because-its-friday-hitchcock-vs-kubrick.html), the Earth from the Moon
(http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/2016/10/because-its-friday-earthrise.html), and the Dear Data project

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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