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In case you missed it: July 2014 Roundup

In case you missed them, here are some articles from July of particular interest to R users:   The deadline for our contest to visualize the location of R user groups has been extended to August 16. Previews of R-related sessions at this year's JSM conference in Boston. Coding errors in R graphics scripts serendipitously create some interesting art. Another look at the dependency graphs for R packages with the miniCRAN package, following on from this post. A Reuters journalist used R for a story about the impact of rising sea levels. The DSC 2014 conference featured an interesting discussion on learnings from alternative R implementations like Renjin and pqR. An in-depth look at R's capabilities for agent-based modeling and the RNetLogo package. The magrittr package introduces the %>% pipe operator, an elegant way of chaining R functions together. Some considerations for choosing a trainer for R courses. Cleveland popularized lattice-style graphics by revealing an error in the "barley" data set, but there may not have been any error after all. A review of R packages for meta-analysis. Preparing big data for analysis in R with Xplenty. A free e-book on Machine Learning with R from InsideBigData. Recent research by the IEEE ranks R the 9th most popular of all programming languages. A brief summary of the changes in R 3.1.1. Joe Rickert recaps John Chambers' keynote address on the history of R at useR! 2014. I recount some personal highlights from the useR! 2014 conference in Los Angeles. Reviews and links to materials from some of the R tutorials presented at useR! 2014. A 5-minute history of Revolution Analytics, in slides. Part 2 in a series on constructing a term structure of interest rates with R. General interest stories (not related to R) in the past month included: misheard Pearl Jam lyrics, a pop song about grammar, a book review of "The Martian", and some of the fuzzy details behind the definition of "USA". As always, thanks for the comments and please send any suggestions to me at [email protected] 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