[R] Revolutions blog: February 2018 roundup

David Smith (CDA) davidsmi at microsoft.com
Wed Mar 14 22:31:12 CET 2018

Since 2008, Microsoft staff and guests have written about R 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.

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

The R Consortium opens a new round of grant applications for R-related user
groups and projects
http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/2018/02/r-consortium-sponsorships.html and
has granted US$0.5M for projects to date

Microsoft R Client 3.4.3 and Microsoft ML Server 9.3, both built with R 3.4.3,
have been released: http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/2018/02/mrclient343.html

An 8-step, 5-minute tutorial for setting up a cluster in Azure for use with
the sparklyr package: http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/2018/02/aztk-sparklyr.html

A smartphone app uses R and the keras package to identify "spells" using
accelerometer data

"Machine Learning with R and Tensorflow", JJ Allaire's keynote presentation at
RStudio::conf http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/2018/02/r-with-tensorflow.html

A guide to styling base graphics in R:

A list of applications, open source projects, and extensions from Microsoft
related to R:

Several upcoming R conferences offer diversity scholarships:

Introducing the DataExplorer package, for quick data summaries and
visualizations: http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com/2018/02/dataexplorer.html

A video overview of the Data Science Virtual Machine, featuring R:

"Asking the right questions about AI", an essay about the ethical implications
of predictions

And some general interest stories (not necessarily related to R):

*  A sci-fi short about faster-than-light travel:

* A robot holds a door open so another robot can pass:

* SpaceX launches a car into space:

* A bizarre CGI short film, Time for Sushi:

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>
Developer Advocate, Microsoft Cloud & Enterprise 
Tel: +1 (312) 9205766 (Chicago IL, USA)
Twitter: @revodavid | Blog:  http://blog.revolutionanalytics.com

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