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In case you missed it: November 2013 Roundup

In case you missed them, here are some articles from October of particular interest to R users: A recap of the Strata Hadoop World conference, including presentations from Monsanto and eHarmony on their use of R. How to rank and chart the most frequent hashtags of Twitter users with R. A replay of the What’s new in Revolution R Enterprise 7 webinar.  Using Plotly’s new interface with R, plus reports from R user groups. An analysis of World Series Baseball strikeout rates using R. CRAN surpasses the milestone of 5,000 R packages, thanks to the volunteers who maintain the system. A detailed guide to memory usage in R, from Hadley Wickham. Running R inside Teradata Database with Revolution R Enterprise (webinar replay).  The Human Rights Data Analysis Group uses R to estimate the number of casualties in Syria. Data Scientists coming from computer science backgrounds can learn from the small-data techniques of Statistics — even with Big Data.  A tutorial on using iterators in R.  A Princeton University guide translates common Stata commands into R code. Joseph Rickert surveys the available packages for Bayesian analysis with R.  In an interview with DataInformed, I discussed the rise of R as the lingua franca of data science, and how the Big Data revolution has led companies to adopt statistical decision making.  DataMind’s www.r-fiddle.org is an online scratchpad GUI for R programmers. The new RFacebook package makes it possible to download and analyze your Facebook social network. R connections to startups Domino, Plotly and Quandl. A Thanksgiving greeting from Revolution Analytics (with an assist from the cowsay package). Some non-R stories in the past month included: Virgin’s safety dance, a mouse perseveres, sonification of sorting algorithms, a marked rise in data scientist job postings, real-life Mario and comet ISON rounds the sun. As always, thanks for the comments and please send any suggestions to me at david@revolutionanalytics.com. Don't forget you can follow the blog using an RSS reader, via email using blogtrottr, or by following me on Twitter (I'm @revodavid). You can find roundups of previous months here.

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David Smith is Vice President of Marketing and Community at Revolution Analytics. He has a long history with the R and statistics communities. After graduating with a degree in Statistics from the University of Adelaide, South Australia, he spent four years researching statistical methodology at Lancaster University in the United Kingdom, where he also developed a number of packages for the S-PLUS statistical modeling environment. He continued his association with S-PLUS at Insightful (now TIBCO Spotfire) overseeing the product management of S-PLUS and other statistical and data mining products.<

David smith is the co-author (with Bill Venables) of the popular tutorial manual, An Introduction to R, and one of the originating developers of the ESS: Emacs Speaks Statistics project. Today, he leads marketing for REvolution R, supports R communities worldwide, and is responsible for the Revolutions blog. Prior to joining Revolution Analytics, he served as vice president of product management at Zynchros, Inc. Follow him on twitter at @RevoDavid