Skip to Content


by Bill Jacobs, VP Product Marketing, Revolution Analytics

I had a most interesting exchange with an industry analysis firm recently who suggested that application marketplaces were critical to the success of analytical tools, suggesting that Revolution Analytics was remiss in not creating one. 

by Andrie de Vries

During October 2014 we announced RRT (the Reproducible R Toolkit) that consists of the checkpoint package and the MRAN. In January, David Smith followed up with another post about reproducibility using Revolution R Open.

By David R. Morganstein, ASA President

Raise your hand if you recently read an article in a newspaper or online about a new scientific discovery and were surprised by how the journalist reported the data or a statistical concept.

You’re not alone! We may both want reporters to be more statistically literate.

If you currently use a spreadsheet like Microsoft Excel for data analysis, you might be interested in taking a look at this tutorial on how to transition from Excel to R by Tony Ojeda. The tutorial explains how to use R functions in place of Excel formulas, including tools like =AVERAGE and =VLOOKUP. For the most part, it uses modern R packages to keep the R code clear and concise.

The World Cup of Cricket starts this week. (C'mon Aussie!) Cricket isn't well-known amongst many of my American friends or colleagues, so when I'm asked about it I usually point them to this video, which gives a good sense of the game:


New media sites like Buzzfeed and Upworthy have mastered the art of "clickbait": headlines and content designed to drive as much traffic as possible to their sites. One technique is to use coy headlines like "If you take a puppy video break today, make sure this is the dog video you watch." (Gawker apparently spends longer writing a headline than the actual article.) But the big stock-in-trade is "listicles": articles that are, well, just lists of things.

The site provides quarterly statistics on programming language activity on GitHub, by number of repositories, pushes, forks etc. Ranked by number of active repositories on GitHub, R is the 12th most popular programming language as of Q4 2014. JavaScript, Java and Python appear as the top 3 in the same list.

James Peruvankal
Sr. Program Manager, Revolution Analytics