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Priceonomics published on Friday an in-depth profile of Hadley Wickham, author of many of the most popular R packages including ggplot2, dplyr and devtools.

If you've ever wanted to see how guitar strings actually move as they make music, it turns out you don't need an expensive high-speed camera. All you need to do is set your smartphone to record video, and put it inside:

 

The latest update to Revolution R Open, RRO 3.2.1, is now available for download from MRAN. This release upgrades to the latest R engine (3.2.1), enables package downloads via HTTPS by default, and adds new supported Linux platforms.

Revolution R Open 3.2.1 includes: 

by Joseph Rickert

The XXXV Sunbelt Conference of the International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA) was held last month at Brighton beach in the UK. (And I am still bummed out that I was not there.)

A run of 35 conferences is impressive indeed, but the social network analysts have been at it for an even longer time than that:

 

By Andrie de Vries

At around 5pm (British Standard Time) on July 22, 2015, the total question count for R questions on StackOverflow went past the significant milestone of 100,000.

by Gregory Vandenbrouck
Software Engineer, Microsoft

This post is the third in a series that covers pulling data from Microsoft SQL Server or MySQL/MariaDB on Azure to an R client on Windows or Linux.

by Gregory Vandenbrouck
Software Engineer, Microsoft

This post is the third in a series that covers pulling data from Microsoft SQL Server or MySQL/MariaDB on Azure to an R client on Windows or Linux.

The KDD Cup is an annual competition to build the best predictive model from a large data set. This years' contest tasked entrants to predict the likelihood of a student dropping out from one of XuetangX's massively-online open courses, based on the student's prior activities. The competition closed on July 12, and yesterday, the winning teams were announced.