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In case you missed it: April 2012 Roundup

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In case you missed them, here are some articles from April of particular interest to R users.

Information Age published a feature article on R, describing how new graduates are driving adoption of R in industry.

Bob Muenchen has updated his list of R package equivalents to SAS and SPSS procedures.

A history of Data Science, including Bill Cleveland's 2001 paper.

Researchers at SUNY Buffalo are using Revolution R and IBM Netezza with genetic data to research a cure for Multiple Sclerosis, and the story has been reported in Forbes, eWeek and other media.

Pairach Piboonrungroj has compiled a list of 20 free R tutorials from around the world.

The annual Rmetrics financial engineering workshop takes place in Switzerland, June 24-28.

An elegant solution to a pairs-of-squares sequence puzzle, based on graph theory.

An example of using R to build a recommendation engine, and ranking the most popular movies from the million row movie dataset.

When is Big Data useful for statistical analysis? Norman Nie provides five examples in the Sybase Capital Markets Guide.

Revolution Analytics' Spring webinar series is underway, with presentations on Big Data with R and Hadoop, integrating R with MS Office, spatial statistics with R, data mining with R and retail marketing analytics.

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration uses R to forecast river flooding events.

R continues its growth in academia (as measured by Google Scholar citations); SPSS and SAS see steep declines.

A fantastic animation of 18th-century sailing ship voyages, created with R.

R and other open source tools used at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

An introduction to the new Julia language, and a comparison with R.

SAP's HANA in-memory datastore provides integration with R.

Saraj Gupta has written an in-depth article on how the internals of R's name lookup mechanism works.

LityxIQ uses R functions glm, MASS, rpart, nnet and rjson for their online marketing analytics and optimization application.

Google can graph 2-variable and 3-variable equations.

Other non-R-related stories in the past month included: an animation of world ocean currents, how English sounds to Italians, creating the Pharoah's Serpent effect with mercury thiocynate, and a unique performance of "Somebody that I Used to Know".

There are new R user groups in Milan and Cologne. Meeting times for local R user groups can be found on the updated R Community Calendar.

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