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by Don Boyd, Senior Fellow, Rockefeller Institute of Government

The Rockefeller Institute of Government is excited to be developing models to simulate the finances of public pension funds, using R.

One of the most memorable dance moves from the past few years starts at around 4:15 in the music below:

 

The performers are the Japanese band World Order. If you like the music and moves you can find plenty of their other videos on YouTube, but this is their best-known song.

That's all for this week! Monday is a holiday here in the States, so we'll be back on Tuesday. Have a great (long, for our US readers) weekend!

by Joseph Rickert

In the first half of 2014, worldwide R user group activity continued to increase, showing impressive growth over the same periods for the past couple of years.  For the last four months, the pace has been over 50 meetings per month.

While I was in LA for the useR! 2014 conference last month, I had the great pleasure of being among the participants in the DataScienceLA interview series hosted by Eduardo Ariño de la Rubia. Eduardo is both an R user and an excellent interviewer: his preparation and knowledge of R has resuled in a fascinating interview series for any R user. 

by Norman Matloff

The American Statistical Association (ASA) leadership, and many in Statistics academia. have been undergoing a period of angst the last few years, They worry that the field of Statistics is headed for a future of reduced national influence and importance, with the feeling that:

I was visiting Napa Valley over the weekend, and at around 3:30AM on Sunday morning I awoke suddenly to what felt like some giant at the end of the bed shaking it as hard as he could. It was an earthquake. One of the scariest things about an earthquake is that when it happens, you have no idea how serious it is — you only know what it feels like where you are.

This entire movie — images, music, everything — is generated from a Windows PC executable of just 4,095 bytes. That's not a typo: we're not talking bytes not megabytes or gigabytes here. Less than 4kb total creates this entire scene.

 

By Neera Talbert, VP Services and Ben Wiley, R Programmer at Revolution Analytics

by Joseph Rickert

We are pleased to announce that Jo-fai Chow is the winner of the Revolution Analytics contest. Jo-fai’s entry, which was implemented as a Shiny project, may be viewed by clicking on the figure below.