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by Joseph Rickert

In a recent post, where I presented some R related highlights of November's H20 World conference, I singled out and  described talks by Trevor Hastie and John Chambers and remarked that it would be nice if the videos would be made available. Well, thanks to the generosity of the folks at H2O I got my wish.

Here is the video of Professor Hastie's talk. 

Happy New Year everyone! Another year has come and gone, and this blog has just entered its seventh year of publication. (Once again, I missed the anniversary back on December 9.) Thanks to everyone who has supported this blog over the past 6 years by reading, sharing and commenting on our posts. And an extra- special thanks to all of the guest bloggers who have contributed this year. 

2014 was a busy year for the blog, with a 30% increase in users and a 25% increase in page views compared to 2013. The most popular posts of the year, starting with the most popular, were:

R was recently the subject of a feature article in the prestigious science magazine NatureProgramming tools: Adventures with R

by Emilio L. Cano

The VI Spanish R Users Conference took place on October 23 and 24 in Santiago de Compostela (Spain). It was a two-day event with a variety of talks and workshops about the R statistical software and programming language and its applications.

I missed this when it was announced back on September 29, but R won a 2014 Bossie Award for best open-source big-data tools from InfoWorld (see entry number 5):

It's Christmas Day, and I wanted to take this opportunity to send a hearty Seasons Greetings to all of our readers. Our CEO Dave Rich also wishes our customers, partners and friends Happy Holidays and A Happy & Prosperous 2015. We've had a great year and I hope you have too.

Last month, the Philae lander touched down on comet Churyumov–Gerasimenko. In the process, the lander and the orbiting Rosetta probe captured detailed data on the geometry of the comet, which the ESA published as a shape file. You can use the rgl package to visualize and explore such shape files quite simply as follows:

by Andrie de Vries

Way back, in 2010, David Smith referred to an article in the New York times about puzzles and other unintuitive results in statistics, including the famous Monty Hall problem.

Every year since her inauguration in 1952, Queen Elizabeth II has delivered a Christmas Broadcast to her subjects. Dominic Nyhuis used R to analyze the transcripts of the speeches, and found some interesting trends in speech length and words used. Here, for example, are word clouds of the speeches from the first half (1962-1976) and second half (1977-2001) of ER2's reign.