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If you're still working on your March Madness brackets or fantasy teams, Rodrigo Zamith has updated his NCAA Data Visualizer with the latest teams, players and results. Just choose the two teams you want to compare and the metric to compare them on, and this R-based app will show you the results instantly.

If you're a student and you'd like to improve R by developing a new R package for 3 months over the summer — and get paid $5000 by Google in the process — why not apply for an R project in the Google Summer of Code?

by James Paul Peruvankal, Senior Program Manager at Revolution Analytics

CARE International is a humanitarian organization that is leading the charge to fight poverty around the world, with a focus on empowering women and girls. On March 28 in Atlanta, CARE is teaming up with Booz Allen Hamilton, Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health and Revolution Analytics to bring data scientists together to use R to explore some of CARE's data troves and — hopefully! — make discoveries that will further CARE's mission.

I confess that I'm more of a dog person than a cat person, which is probably why I found this song and video so amusing (via Sullivan):

 

If you want more animals behaving badly, check this out. Have a great weekend, and we'll be back on Monday!

In June 2013, the conflict between opposition and government forces around the Syrian city of Aleppo had intensified. Rockets struck residential districts, and car-bombs exploded near key facilities.

 

Many people died. But as is common in conflict areas, the reports of the number of dead varied by the source of the information. While some agencies reported a surge in casualties in the Aleppo area around June 2013, others did not.

The worldwide R user conference, useR! 2014, will take in Los Angeles, June 30-July 3. If you're an R user, or just interested in learning about what R can do first-hand from members of the R community, this is the conference to attend.

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

A statistical analysis of various forecasting methods (using R) leads to correct predictions for 21 of 24 Oscars awards