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Function of the day

Construct the path to a file from components in a platform-independent way.

Package of the day

This package implements a data structure similar to hashes in Perl and dictionaries in Python but with a purposefully R flavor. For objects of appreciable size, access using hashes outperforms native named lists and vectors.

Question of the day

On general request, a community wiki on producing latex tables in R. In this post I'll give an overview of the most commonly used packages and blogs with code for producing latex tables from less straight-forward objects. Please feel free to add any I missed, and/or give tips, hints and little tricks on how to produce nicely formatted latex tables with R.

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This is just ... bizarre. But if you've ever watched American sitcoms from the 80's and 90's, and you like dark and surreal comedy as much as I do, you'll enjoy most (but probably not all!) of the 11-minute sketch. It's impossible to explain, just take a look (warning: some slightly NSFW images):  
1 day 14 hours ago
Mike Cavaretta is Ford Motor Company’s Chief Data Scientist, and was tasked by the incoming CEO Alan Mulally to help change the culture so that "important decisions within the company had to be based on data". In a feature article at Dataconomy, he reveals that R is a big part of this revolution at Ford: 

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The following list of data sources has been modified as of 3/18/14. Most of the data sets listed below are free, however, some are not.