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It was a pleasure to appear live on theCUBE last week while attending the Strata conference.

by Andrie de Vries

R has strong support for parallel programming, both in base R and additional CRAN packages.

For example, we have previously written about foreach and parallel programming in the articles Tutorial: Parallel programming with foreach and Intro to Parallel Random Number Generation with RevoScaleR.

I spent last week at the Strata 2015 Conference in San José, California. As always, Strata made for a wonderful conference to catch up on the latest developments on big data and data science, and to connect with colleagues and friends old and new. Having been to every Strata conference since the first in XXXX, it's been interesting to see the focus change over the years.

If you're a foodie (or know people who are particular about their food) and enjoy a good laugh (and don't mind some NSFW language), then you should definitely check out the new web-series The Katering Show.


This is the funniest thing I've seen in a long time. The Katering Show was produced with the support of the Australian Government. As an Australian, I've never been prouder.

That's all for this week — see you on Monday!

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: