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R is an incredibly active software project. Since the first code was checked into Subversion back on 18 September 1997, there have been more than 100,000 updates to the R sources by the 20-some members of the R Core Team.

If you're a technical type (a programmer or engineer) who's ever been pulled into a business meeting, this may seem familiar to you. Horrifyingly familiar.


In that situation, I don't think I'd have been able to resist suggesting a seven-dimensional chromatic-agnostic platform as the solution (with the full expectation that the account manager would immediately promise to deliver it!).

That's all for this week. We'll be back on Monday — enjoy your weekend!

It's not easy to visualize a quantity that varies over time and which is composed of more than two subsegments. Take, for example, this stacked bar chart of religious affiliation of the Australian population, by time:

by Joseph Rickert

New R packages just keep coming. The following plot, constructed with information from the monthly files on Dirk Eddelbuettel's CRANberries site, shows a plot of the number of new packages released to CRAN between January 1, 2013 and July 27, 2015 by month (not quite 31 months).

by Andrie de Vries

Last week, IEEE Spectrum said R rised to #6 in Top Programming languages. They use a weighted methodology of 12 factors to compute their score. Among these factors is the activity on social programming websites, including StackOverflow and Github.

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: