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Bioconductor is a project to develop and curate a collection of R packages used for analysis of genetic data (specifically, analysis and comprehension of high-throughput genomic data). With the wealth of genetic data on humans and animals now available, Bioconductor is widely used in medical research to understand how genes influence our health, and to develop new therapies and drugs.

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

R was featured in recent articles in Nature News and Mashable.

A recap of the 6th Spanish R Users Conference.

For Twitter, finding anomalies — sudden spikes or dips — in a time series is important to keep the microblogging service running smoothly. A sudden spike in shared photos may signify an "trending" event, whereas a sudden dip in posts might represent a failure in one of the back-end services that needs to be addressed.

by Ryan Garner
Senior Data Scientist, Revolution Analytics

I love creating spatial data visualizations in R. With the ggmap package, I can easily download satellite imagery which serves as a base layer for the data I want to represent. In the code below, I show you how to visualize sampled soil attributes among 16 different rice fields in Uruguay.

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.